|Uncle Was a Vampire|
|Based on||an idea|
by Mario Cecchi Gori
|Produced by||Mario Cecchi Gori|
|Edited by||Eraldo Da Roma|
|Box office||₤ 385 million|
Uncle Was a Vampire (Italian: Tempi duri per i vampiri, lit. 'Hard Times for Vampires') is a 1959 Italian film directed by Steno.
Baron Osvaldo Lambertenghi is forced to sell his ancestral castle to pay his debts. The manor is ingloriously transformed into a frivolous hotel, and Osvaldo is allowed to continue to live there working as a bellhop. One day Osvaldo receives a visit from his uncle, Baron Roderico da Frankurten, who turns out to be a real vampire. Osvaldo tries to warn the various guests of the hotel, with the only result being that he is taken for a madman. Bitten by his uncle, Osvaldo will also turn into a vampire, but his beloved, Lellina, will also be able to free him from the curse.
Uncle Was a Vampire was Christopher Lee's first appearance in an Italian film production.
Uncle Was a Vampire was released in Italy on October 28, 1959 where it was distributed by C.E.I.-Incom. It grossed a total of 385 million lire in Italy.
The film was released in the United States in 1964 on television through Embassy Pictures.
In his book Italian Horror Film Directors, Louis Paul described the film as "obviously modeled on the slapstick efforts of the comedies featuring the character Totò".