Grave of the Vampire (1972)

35mm film, Eastmancolor
mono, English

An American horror film directed by John Hayes.

Plot Summary

The long sleep of the vampire Caleb Kroft is disturbed by a couple making love on his grave. He kills the man and rapes the woman, who later gives birth to his son. But the child will only drink blood from his mother's breast.


Director: John Hayes
Clover, Millenium Productions, Entertainment Pyramid
Producer: Daniel Cary
Script: David Chase
Screen Treatment: John Hayes
Director of Photography: Paul Hipp
Editor: John Hayes
Music: Jamie Mendoza-Nava
Sound Recordist: Henning Schellerup
Wardrobe: Logan Costume
Make Up: Tino Zacchia
Special Effects: Cliff Wingren
Art Director: Earl Marshall

William Smith (James Eastman)
Michael Pataki (Caleb Croft)
Lynn Peters (Anne Arthur)
Diane Holden (Anita Jacoby)
Lieux Dressler (Olga)
Eric Mason (Lieutenant Panzer)
Jay Adler (old Zack)
Jay Scott
William Guhl
Margaret Fairchild
Carmen Argenziano
Frank Whiteman
Abbi Henderson
Inga Nielson
Lindus Guiness
Kitty Vallacher

Alternative Titles

Bébé vampire – France
Les Enfants de Frankenstein – France
Die Gruft der Dämonen – West German (video)
Die Gruft des Grauens – West German (video)
Seed of Terror – USA (re-release)



  • Box Office 22 January 1972 – review
  • Castle of Frankenstein no.20 pp.28-30
  • Halls of Horror no.27 p.22 – note
  • Variety 22 March 1972 – review


  • Cinematic by John L. Flynn pp.179, 181
  • Film Review 1976-1977 by F. Maurice Speed p.168
  • Fright Night on Channel 9 by James Arena pp.126-127
  • Hoffman's Guide to SF, Horror and Fantasy Movie 1991-1992 p.161 – credits, review
  • Horror and Science Fiction Films II by Donald C. Willis pp.159-160 – credits
  • The Illustrated Vampire Movie Guide by Stephen Jones p.76 – credits, review
  • by Walt Lee p.175 – credits
  • Vampire Films of the 1970s: Dracula to Blacula and Every Fang Between by Gary A. Smith pp.159-160; 210 – review; credits