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The Vampyr: A Soap Opera (1992)

| Drama, Fantasy, Horror | TV Movie
In 1793 London, vampire Ripley [Omar Ebrahim] is chased through a maze of abandoned waterfront warehouses. He falls through a broken floor and lies dormant in the city's icy catacombs until... See full synopsis »


Nigel Finch, Robert Chevara (co-director)


Heinrich Marschner (opera), Charles Hart (words) | 3 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Omar Ebrahim Omar Ebrahim ... Ripley, the Vampyr
Philip Salmon Philip Salmon ... Alex
Winston Winston ... High Priestess of Satan
China Gordon China Gordon ... Acolyte
Moya Griffiths Moya Griffiths ... Acolyte
Hayley Kaye Hayley Kaye ... Acolyte
Leigh Mathey Leigh Mathey ... Acolyte
Miranda Miranda ... Acolyte
Pía Pía ... Acolyte
Richard Ashley Richard Ashley ... Satanist
Hema Chavda Hema Chavda ... Satanist
Pamela Craine Pamela Craine ... Satanist
Michael Eton Michael Eton ... Satanist
Yvonne French Yvonne French ... Satanist
Anna Golden Anna Golden ... Satanist


In 1793 London, vampire Ripley [Omar Ebrahim] is chased through a maze of abandoned waterfront warehouses. He falls through a broken floor and lies dormant in the city's icy catacombs until awakened 200 years later by reconstruction workers. Ripley soon soars to power in the London businessworld but he is suddenly ordered by Satan to kill three women in three days in order to live another year. On day 1, he kills fashion model Ginny [Willemijn van Gent]. On that same day Ripley agrees to marry Miranda Davenant [Fiona O'Neill] when her father Hugo [Richard Van Allan] confesses that business failures have left him bankrupt. The wedding is set for the day after tomorrow even though Miranda is in love with Ripley's partner Alex [Philip Salmon]. On day 2, Alex watches Ripley chase after business executive Emma [Sally-Ann Shepherdson], and Alex confronts Ripley who confesses to being a vampire. On day 3, just hours before the wedding, Ripley's chauffeur takes the car to be washed and finds ...

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Emma: [leafing through "Cosmo"] Why does every man I meet / Treat me like a bitch on heat? / Or a wrecker, or a rhino? / You tell me; I'm buggered if I know. / Sagittarius, Mars ascending / Indicate a happy ending / True emotion in a crisis. / Who believes this kind of crap? /Women who buy clothes in GAP. / Anyway, I'm Pisces. / Where have all the good guys gone? / Why do I get Reg or Ron? / Or a widower, a wino / Someone, please? I'm buggered if I know.
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Der Vampyr
Music by Heinrich Marschner
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A Full-Blooded Revamp! *chuckle*
6 January 2006 | by draya10See all my reviews

This glorious tale of Ripley the Vampyr, a gorgeous, but deadly creature of the night, performed in a lavish Opera originally written by Heinrich Marschner. This BBC production is out of print, but you can find it on Amazon and Ebay.

Even if you don't think you'll like opera, director Nigel Finch gives us an a great story told through music. The story has some sexual scenes, and some violence. But Ripley the Vampire has a debt to pay, lest Satan recall him back to the Underworld.

The Vampire Ripley has a big problem: he has to kill "three lost souls in three short days!" Ripley's master, "The Lord Of Darkness" will call him back to underworld if he doesn't deliver those innocent souls. All that and coping with the modern world. Omar Ebrahim as Ripley is brilliant!

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