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Daughters Of Darkness [DVD]

Paul Esser , John Karlen , Harry Kuemel    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Paul Esser, John Karlen, Delphine Seyrig, Daniele Quimet, George Jamin
  • Directors: Harry Kuemel
  • Producers: Paul Collet, Alain C. Guilleaume
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Studiocanal
  • DVD Release Date: 30 Aug 2010
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 37,864 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Reincarnation, lesbianism and murder are the order of the day in this cult classic psychosexual horror. Delphine Seyrig stars as Elizabeth Bathory, the vampiric 'Scarlet Countess', who has bathed in the blood of 300 virgins to guarantee her eternal youth. Along with her beautiful young companion Ilona (Andrea Rau), she seduces troubled newlyweds Stefan and Valerie (John Karlen and Danielle Ouimet), unleashing a frenzy of brutal violence and depraved desire.

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United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Mono ), WIDESCREEN (1.85:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: A recently eloped, troubled young couple book into a luxurious but desolate hotel. Valerie is young, naïve and curious, where as Stefan's sadistic tendencies are slowly bubbling to the surface. When a mysterious, exotic countess arrives at the hotel with her voluptuous assistant, things take a turn for the bizarre. As the nights draw in, the newlyweds are slowly seduced into an erotically charged, supernatural world of uncontrollable lust and murder. Can they resist the lure of fevered temptation or must they submit to their darkest fantasies? Extremely bold and dripping with psychosexual tension, Daughters Of Darkness is one of the most unorthodox and visually stylish vampire movies ever made. An absolute classic of 70's underground horror, Daughters Of Darkness takes visceral pleasure in warping genre conventions at every mind-bending opportunity. An unforgettable cult movie that takes you beyond horror, beyond sexy and beyond the grave. ...Daughters of Darkness (1971) ( Les Lèvres rouges ) ( Blood on the Lips )

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Daughters of Darkness - a blast from the past! 14 Jan 2013
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I vaguely remember this being shown on television many years ago but couldn't remember the title. However, thanks to Mark Gatiss's recent programme about horror films, the memories came flooding back and I decided to add the DVD to my collection.

The film will be too tame for fans of the "1001 ways to slice and dice an oversexed American teenager" genre, and would probably be best regarded as more of a thriller in this day and age, but for afficionadoes of European horror the film is definitely a must.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An all time classic 29 Sep 2011
For all fans of the lesbian vampire genre, forget Vampiros Lesbos, this is THE film to get.
Gothic in its settings, a darkly fascinating Delphine Seyrig as the Vampire Countess Bathory.
Also the kinky part about the 'oh so innocent' bridegroom who is far too eager to see dead girls and has a secret transsexual lover.(Great: John Karlen as the bridegroom, more well known for his role as Harvey, Mary Beth Lacy's husband in 'Cagney & Lacy')
Outrageous for its time and still a very kinky and bizarre film. Worth purchasing.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Art House Lesbian Vampires 1 April 2011
A young eloping couple arrive at a coastal resort in the off season & book into a large hotel, the only other guests being a mysterious countess and her maid servant. Then grisly murders start to happen in the vicinity and the countess is taking a very close interest in the young couple....

A low key DVD release for what was once an infamous cult horror film. The Belgian director Harry Kumel was a maverick figure who didn't really belong in any particular genre. Apparently Daughters of Darkness was marketed in Europe as a mainstream commercial horror film & flopped, but in America it was distributed to select art house cinemas & cleverly marketed as a sophisticated decadent "continental" movie - which happened to be about lesbian vampires. Needless to say, there were queues around the block & I've read that the film went on to become one of the biggest grossing "foreign" films of the early 70s.

In fact, watching it on DVD now, it does seem much closer to art house than exploitation. It stars art house queen Delphine Seyrig - very good as the countess, bringing a sinister pathos to her role. Seyrig starred in Last Year at Marienbad & the large labyrinthine hotel with its "mad" inhabitants in this film is one of several possible allusions to Marienbad (as other reviewers have mentioned). The young couple are maybe a bit weak, but for the most part the film sustains a polished art house sensibility and a chilly glacial ambience.

Although the film probably seemed quite kinky & grisly to audiences in 1970, it is unlikely to strike today's viewer as especially erotic or shocking. Yet the film remains unsettling, perhaps even disturbing in its icy amorality. Daughters of Darkness is quite unlike British, American or Italian horror. It represents a curious one-off example that the horror genre never took up.

The film (or this version) is in English, not subtitled. No extras but the DVD is ok.
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5.0 out of 5 stars . 5 Jan 2013
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Suprisingly good photography, a great cult classic. I didn't get the bit with th male mother from England, but it added o the coolness of the movie. Great thriller done in great style.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars art house horror 3 Nov 2010
It's marienbad revisited with a dark twist. It was a masterstroke from harry kumel to cast Delphine Seyrig. She dominates every scene she's in with pure class ( the red dress ). Not a shock horror, but highly atmosferic and brooding .
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