Vampira (1974)

35mm film, Panavision (anamorphic), colour, 2.35:1
mono, English

A British comedy horror film directed by Clive Donner. Production begaon on 30 July 1973 1Daily Variety 5 October 1973 p.8

Plot Summary

An aged plans to revive his long dead wife Vampira using transfusions taken from Bunnies. When the wrong blood sample is used, however, his wife is turned black and Dracula sets out to find some “white blood cells” to restore her.


Directed by: Clive Donner
© Columbia Pictures Incorporated MCMLXXIV [1974]
Columbia Pictures presents a World Film Services production
Produced by: Jack H. Wiener
Production Supervisor: Richard Dalton
Original Screenplay by: Jeremy Lloyd
Assistant Director: Bert Batt
Continuity: Sally Ball
Director of Photography: Tony Richmond
Camera Operator: Denis Lewiston
Focus Puller: Michael Roberts
Editor: Bill Butler
Music Composed and Conducted by: David Whitaker
Songs: “Vampira” Theme music and lyrics by Anthony Newley, sung by The Majestics; “When You Look for a Dream” composed and sung by John and Rosalind
Sound Recordist: Claude Hitchcock
Sound Editor: Charles Crawford
Dubbing Mixer: Bill Rowe
Costume Designer: Vangie Harrison
Wardrobe Supervisor: Elsa Fennell
Make-up: Philip Leakey
Hairdressing: Barabara Ritchie
Titles and Optical Special Effects by: Camera Effects
Art Director: Philip Harrison
Services: Tiger Service Company
Made at: EMI-MGM Studios, Borehamwood, Hertfordshire, England, UK and on location at The Heathrow Hotel, London Airport and in London

David Niven as Count Dracula
Teresa Graves (Countess Vampira)
Jennie Linden (Angela)
Nicky Henson (Marc)
Peter Bayliss (Maltravers)
Bernard Bresslaw (Pottinger)
Linda Hayden (Helga)
Frank Thornton (Mr King)
Christopher Sandford (Milton)

“The Playmates”
Andrea Allan (Eve)
Veronica Carlson (Ritva)
Minah Bird (Rose)
Cathie Shirriff (Nancy)

Carol Cleveland (Jane (his victim))
Kenneth Cranham (Paddy (the delinquent))
Freddie Jones (Gilmore)
Aimi MacDonald, Patrick Newell (couple in hotel room)
Luan Peters (Pottinger's secretary)
Marcia Fox (air hostess)
David Rowlands (drunk)
Ben Aris (policeman)
Nadia Sawalha (airline representative)
Hoima McDonald, Nicola Austine, Penny Irving (Playboy Bunnies)

Alternative Titles

Old Dracula – US title
Vampira – en tjej pa bettet – Swedish title
Vampira – piru hampaissa – Finnish title



  • Cinefantastique vol.3 no.2 (Spring 1974) p.39 – article
  • Cinefantastique vol.4 no.4 (Winter 1976) p.30 – review
  • CinemaTV Today no.10047 (1 September 1973) p.8 – credits
  • CinemaTV Today no.10105 (19 October 1974) p.15 – review
  • Daily Variety 5 October 1973 p.8 – credits (Film production chart)
  • Flesh and Blood no.3 (1994) pp.40, 41 – illustrated credits, review
  • The Hollywood Reporter vol.238 no.44 (7 November 1975) pp.10, 11 – review
  • Monthly Film Bulletin vol.41 no.490 (November 1974) p.257 – credits, synopsis, review
  • Photoplay vol.24 no.11 (November 1973) pp.22-23 – review
  • TV Times vol.106 no.12 (20 March 1982) p.51 – credits
  • Variety 12 November 1975 p.24 – credits, review


  • American International Pictures: A Filmography by Robert L. Ottoson pp.275-276 – credits, synopsis, review
  • by Walt Lee p.517 – credits