The Brides Wore Blood (1972)

Article 3732 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing Date: 10-19-2011
Posting Date: 11-2-2011
Directed by Bob Favorite
Featuring Rita Ballard, Chuck Faulkner, Dolores Friedline
Country: USA
What it is: Regional vampire tale

The DeLorca family has a curse on it; every male heir becomes a vampire, and his bride dies shortly after birth. An uncle tries to break the curse, but things go awry…

At one point in this movie, a woman who has received an invitation to take a tour of the DeLorca mansion asks a waiter for directions. The usual cliche here is that the waiter will try to dissuade the woman from visiting the mansion because of the horrible curse; instead, he just gives her directions, and goes to leave. Then, he turns back to talk to her further, and I was thinking that we were going to get the warning for sure, but instead, he recommends she go on the tour because the young mail heir is still unmarried and may enjoy the company of a beautiful woman.

Maybe I’m making too much of this, but this single refusal to follow a hoary cliche made me feel much more sympathetic to this slow-moving, poorly acted, and mostly ineffectual tale of vampires and black magic. No, it really doesn’t work, but at least it’s not just following some well-worn path; it’s really trying to find its own voice, and every once in a while, it succeeds a little. I don’t think I’m alone in this feeling; its IMDB rating is 4.2, and the fact that I expected a much lower rating seems to indicate that at least a few other people see a little bit more here than just another bad movie. Though I can’t recommend it myself, it’s at least different enough that it’s not a waste of time.

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