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32 Days of Halloween IX, Day 4: The Vampire and the Ballerina!

The Vampire and the Ballerina

First, it’s time for another commercial. Man, we should figure out a way to get paid for these. Anyway, this is by far one of the scariest commercials we’ve ever had during 32 Days of Halloween…because it pairs horror-meister Stephen King…with Skynet.

That out of the way, let’s turn it over to our very own Rox of Spazhouse, Need Coffee Ambassador to the Hobo Nation and steampunk’s answer to Oracle.

Rox of Spazhouse here, (Intuitive Research/Need Coffee’s Artist in Residence) and I have a unique find for 2016’s 32 Days of Halloween.

As a researcher, I get giddy when discovering something new and unique for Halloween treasures for Need Coffee Dot Com and this item is no disappointment.

Late Sunday afternoon, I was in search of some colorful clay for a project on my own website, So what does one do late on a weekend? Answer: go and bother a neighbor who has a small child. It is required by some secret parent handbook that parents of small children must own clay.

My thought on clay ownership was correct–and my young neighbor Fiona and her parents were indeed in possession of clay. Her parents and I spent a few minutes assessing their inventory, during which I turned and spied a large poster in their kitchen. It was a horror poster in French! It was for movie I had never heard of called The Vampire and the Ballerina.

Turns out the movie is Italian and the poster came from Canada. The movie theater painted over the Italian text in gauche. Then added French Text. The rough translation as told by Fiona’s dad was “It is a tough time for vampires.” Clay and a 32 Days of Halloween pick! Score!

The Vampire and the Ballerina (Italian: L’amante del vampiro) is a 1960 Italian horror film directed and co-written by Renato Polselli. There is dancing, sex and horror, as pointed out by Louis Paul who wrote Italian Horror Film Directors (a book I need to acquire). The director Renato Poleselli saw the success Hammer Films had in the late 50s and so decided to try his hand at a vampire story. Filmed over a three week period, this mashup of modern and period dress is unique among vampire films. I enjoyed it and it clocks in at an hour and a half. And now, you may enjoy it as well…