The Vampire is a 1957 Sci-Fi Horror film.
A small town doctor is given a bottle of pills by his dying friend, so he can hide them. Soon after, he accidentally takes the pills because his daughter confused them for migraine medicine. Soon, he's hooked. What's worse is that the pills were made of vampire bat blood, and turn whomever takes them into a bloodsucker.
This film contains examples of:
- Animal Motifs: The Vampire has, appropriately enough, vampire bats, having been made by their blood and freeing some from a cage when he kills Henry.
- Antagonist Title: Technically also a Protagonist Title, since Beecher, is investigating murders committed by his own Superpowered Evil Side.
- Big Bad: The Vampire, Beecher's Enemy Within.
- Definite Article Title
- Downer Ending: Since The Hero Dies. The Vampire is stopped, but at the cost of Beecher's life, leaving his daughter fatherless and his nurse presumably jobless. It's also likely that Beecher's reputation will be ruined, since he transforms back to himself as he dies.
- The Hero Dies: Beecher is gunned down by police while the Vampire is out.
- Jekyll & Hyde: Beecher is addicted to pills that make him into a vampire on ingestion.
- Our Vampires Are Different: This one is a lot like a werewolf—being hairier than its human form—and is made by taking pills made from a vampire bat's blood. Its bite destroys tissue, melting a victim's flesh within days.