Vampyres (1974)

aka Vampyres – Daughters of Darkness
Article 5080 by Dave Sindelar
Date: 2-15-2016
Directed by Jose Ramon Larraz
Featuring Marianne Morris, Anulka Dziubinska, Murray Brown
Country: UK
What it is: Vampire story

Two lesbian vampires set traps for passers-by to lure them into a castle with the promise of sex and then kill them for their blood. One of them tries to keep one of her conquests alive.

I’ll give director Larraz some credit here. He does direct with a certain nice visual sense, I do like how he handles the sex and gore scenes (which are often the same scenes), and his taste in women runs a little closer to my own than those of, say, most Italian directors. However, the movie is much longer than the story he has to tell, and I’m afraid I see little talent here for covering up that long stretches of this movie have very little happening; there are just too many scenes of people wandering around to little or no purpose. Part of the reason is that there just isn’t much in the way of mystery here; nor is there much in the way of surprising developments. I’ve seen several of Larraz’s movies, and I’d have to say this is one of the better ones, but it does fall short of being truly satisfying. Incidentally, there are several different versions of the movie; I appear to have watched the complete uncut version.


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