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Last Vampyre, The

AKA's: Vampiro Del Sussex, Il / Sherlock Holmes - Der Letzte Vampir / Sherlock Holmes Mysteries: The Last Vampyre

Release date: 1992 UK
Running time: 102' (cover 104') - Source: VHS PAL
Rating: Germ.: 12; UK: 15; US: NR
Main Crew: Director: Tim Sullivan (Jack and Sarah 1995)
Producer: Granada Television / WGBH Boston
Score: Patrick Gowers
Writer: Jeremy Paul (based on Arthur Conan Doyle's short story "The Adventure Of
            The Sussex Vampire")
Director of photography: David Odd


Summary: At the end of the 18th century in the village of Lamberley a young girl, Janet Burrows, is found with blood pouring from a gaping neck wound. With her dying screams ringing in their ears, the villagers turn on the local aristocrat Lord St. Clair and burn him and his mansion to the ground.
More than a hundred years later, a tall figure drops a rose on Janet Burrows' grave. His name is John Stockton (Roy Marsden), a descendant of the murdered Lord. That night Stockton dines with another new arrival to the village, Rob Ferguson (Keith Barron). Ferguson has been busy arranging the baptism of his baby son but this is destined never to take place. Tragedy strikes the morning after the dinner - Ferguson's son is found dead. Four days later Lamberley's vicar (Maurice Denham) is recounting this story to Holmes (Jeremy Brett) and relaying his suspicions about Stockton's connection to these strange events. However, he neglects to tell them that the members of the St Clair family were thought to be vampires! Is there a rational explanation for these strange happenings? Or is the village priest just a muddled old man in need of reassurance? Only a visit from Holmes and Watson (Edward Hardwicke) will uncover the truth.

Our Ranking

short review:

Yes, this is a Sherlock Holmes Story... and yes, there is no real vampire involved (that's why it didn't get 4 Kinskis)... but: it is a splendid filmed TV-Adaption of a classic Sherlock Holmes story. Great Victorian surroundings and first class actors, unlike those clumsy American TV-stars. It is really worth a look!
BTW, if the "vampire" could be a real vampire after all get's a little shady at the end - decide for yourself.

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