I remember watching a movie when I was a child (perhaps something made only for TV, I don't recall much from that), in which there were vampires that would die from being thrown into the sea. The reason given in-universe was that vampires had no minerals in their blood and thus died from hypertension because of the salt in the water.

I honestly don't recall much from the story except for that. The movie was in color, and I watched it something like 15 years ago (yet with all the rebroadcastings, doesn't mean much). It was in French, but yet again, the primary language may have been English.

Does it ring a bell for anyone else? Has this particular vampire biology been used in several works?

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    And you were a child....when? Color? B&W? English? Any other details you can remember?
    – JohnP
    Nov 20, 2017 at 17:14
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    Don't know if this helps any but Daze and Knights: the Truth Behind Vampires and Zombies is one of the only works I know of that has a science-y explanation of water poisoning Vampires.
    – Ash
    Nov 20, 2017 at 17:59
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    Not the right thing, because not vampires, but this reminds me a little of the climax of Alien Nation -- salt water was like battery acid to the titular aliens.
    – Zeiss Ikon
    Nov 20, 2017 at 18:03
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    Probably more likely to cause crenation of the red blood cells rather than high blood pressure.
    – eshier
    Nov 20, 2017 at 18:03
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    In Alien Nation (1988 film; 1989 TV series), the alien Newcomers received severe chemical burns from exposure to salt water. The film and series also dealt with monstrous transformed versions of the standard Newcomers.
    – Gaultheria
    Nov 20, 2017 at 18:04


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