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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Schlock Horror Classic
From the golden age of 70's horror films and starring the incomparable Delphine Seyrig, I would not hesitate to recommend this Vampire? movie where the atmosphere generated by the location of an out-of-season Belgian seaside hotel provides a backdrop through which Ms Seyrig drifts effortlessly and menacingly. The faded opulence of the hotel is the starting point to which...
Published on 23 Sept. 2005 by Panic

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3.0 out of 5 stars The Feeding.
A young couple (John Karlen and Danielle Ouimet) encounter a mysterious Countess (Delphine Seyrig) and her seductive companion (Andrea Rau) while on their honeymoon... Loosely based on the real life exploits of the infamous Countess Bathory -- the "bloody countess" who slaughtered young virgin girls and bathed in their blood in order to sustain her youth. Daughters of...
Published on 27 Jan. 2012 by Puzzle box


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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Schlock Horror Classic, 23 Sept. 2005
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Panic "Idiot's Guide" (Eastbourne, East Sussex United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
From the golden age of 70's horror films and starring the incomparable Delphine Seyrig, I would not hesitate to recommend this Vampire? movie where the atmosphere generated by the location of an out-of-season Belgian seaside hotel provides a backdrop through which Ms Seyrig drifts effortlessly and menacingly. The faded opulence of the hotel is the starting point to which layers of menace and intrigue are added, and the reason I put the question mark after Vampire is that the nature of the menace is never overtly stated so building the tension even more.
Perhaps the oddest thing is to find John Karlen (Mr Lacey in Cagney & Lacey!) as a decadent English aristo! but why he should get higher billing than the stupendous Delphine Seyrig is beyond me. Indeed both Goth Lesbian icon Andrea Rau and Danielle Ouimet have a much surer grasp of film's style than Mr Karlen.
The slow ratchetting of tension is handled expertly by Harry Kumel, whose commentary on this DVD is a revealing insight into the films dynamics.
The term 'Classic' is overused but in this case it is justified.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Feeding., 27 Jan. 2012
This review is from: Daughters of Darkness [DVD] [1971] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
A young couple (John Karlen and Danielle Ouimet) encounter a mysterious Countess (Delphine Seyrig) and her seductive companion (Andrea Rau) while on their honeymoon... Loosely based on the real life exploits of the infamous Countess Bathory -- the "bloody countess" who slaughtered young virgin girls and bathed in their blood in order to sustain her youth. Daughters of Darkness is a stylish if strained attempt at an arty (read, classy) horror film. The ingredients are in place for an exploitation romp, but director Harry Kümel is more concerned with maintaining a glossy sheen than he is in indulging in anything too distasteful. The end result compares interestingly to other erotic vampire pictures of the period (1970's Vampyros Lesbos, 1974's Vampyres) but the fussy exterior simply makes the film harder to warm to. The visuals are admittedly stunning, but one gets the impression that the filmmakers are a little too apologetic for the material, and the genre in general, for the film to ever effectively spring to life. On the plus side, Kümel creates some great and fetching images. The use of color and decor ensure that the various set-pieces are richly detailed and striking. The enigmatic, but lovely, Delphine Seyrig (Last Year at Marienbad) makes a strong impression as the Countess. It's part Ingmar Bergman film and part bad vampire movie. There are some beautifully filmed scenes along with some awful dialogue. The brilliant Delphine Seyrig is superbly creepy. The other performances are only mediocre and the music is appropriately over the top; sometimes sinister, sometimes goofy- seventies movie. The new director's cut contains more sex and nudity, probably to avoid getting an x-rating at the time of release. Extras commence on Disc 1 with a theatrical trailer, a still gallery, some radio spots, two audio commentary tracks, and three featurettes. Disc 2 includes a bonus feature of singular note -- a repackaging of Anchor Bay's release of The Blood Spattered Bride (1972), a deliriously bloody adaptation of Sheridan LeFanu's Carmilla which is, arguably, the stronger of the two movies.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Hotel That Dripped Blood, 23 Jan. 2010
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Mr. Jonathon T. Beckett "vampire lover" (Dracula's Crypt) - See all my reviews
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Newlyweds Stefan and Valerie arrive at a Grand Hotel in Ostend for their honeymoon. Valerie keeps asking Stefan to inform his mother of the marriage, but he seems reticent. They are the only guests in the hotel until the arrival off the beautiful Countess Elizabeth Bathory(Delphine Seyrig) and her young companion Ilona(Andrea Rau). The Hotel clerk remembers the Countess staying at the hotel before, but that was forty years ago, when he was a young bellboy. He finds it remarkable that she looks exactly the same as she did then. The Countess corrects him saying that the guest back then must have been her mother. Meanwhile, a series of murders are being committed in Belgium. When the married couple visit Bruges, the body of a young woman is being taken out of an apartment. Stefan seems excited at witnessing the event, and is violent towards his wife when she tries to pull him away. As the marriage disintergrates, the Countess and Ilona see an oppurtunity to carry out plans of their own, plans that involve both Stefan and Valerie.
This is a quite beautiful film, each act of which seems like a moving painting seperated by a red curtain. It takes a very languid approach in telling its story, but to be honest who cares with the stunning imagery on display. The films story is relatively simple, but still manages to create quite a mystery, through its implicit rather than explicit exploration of the vampire mythos. Its also a very sensuous, erotic film, though once again not explicitly so. The performances are all good, but its Seyrig as Bathory who really excels, a mixture of sly cunning and deadly charm.
An excellent film, and an excellent release from Blue Underground. 5 out of 5
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars slow-burning euro horror masterpice., 21 Dec. 2005
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A young newly married couple, on their way to england stop off at a creepy belgian hotel that is almost totally empty of guests (and staff) except a porter and a pair of mysterious women who seem a little over-keen on the new guests. This is another take on carmilla that manages to rank alongside the blood spattered bride as one of the best euro-horror vampire titles around, with a Sense of mystery and suspense that kept me gripped. Also of note is the directors superb use of location especially the hotel itself which is one of the creepiest since the overlook.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Classy European chiller, 3 May 2010
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PJ Rankine (Wallington, Surrey United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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This is one seventies movie that is definitely worth a watch, it is not a horror film but more of a chiller. Director Harry Kumel takes a beautiful cast and location and fills it with suspense and a feeling of impending doom. Nothing is as it seems, the newlywed husband played by John Karlen has several secrets that he is keeping from his new bride and their new marriage falters on these rocks as the sinister yet alluring Countess Bathory moves in for the kill. Although the storyline confuses the story of Elizabeth Bathory with that of Countess Dracula it does nothing to detract from the slow burning storyline. Vampirism in this film is very low key and no fangs are evident yet this still qualifies as a vampire classic. Featuring three beautiful but little known actresses, the occasional nude scene and lesbian undertones this film is definitely aimed at the male viewer, however the back story of domestic violence and betrayal will appeal to a female audience too. A plus for any collection of the sinister.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Atmospheric chiller., 10 April 2011
The film is a bit dull at times and a bit confusing but I did enjoy watching Delphine Seyrig performance; she lifted the film every time she appears on screen. I gave it five stars because all the actors were interesting and I liked the directing but the screenplay could have been a bit more revealing. A very interesting take on the vampire movies and if you like vampire films with more menace than blood then you could do worse than take a look at the Daughters of Darkness.
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4.0 out of 5 stars darkness, 3 Aug. 2010
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daughters of darkness i liked this film slow in parts but also keeps you want to know what will happen next but at the end of all films like this there is always another vampire to carry the curse of the bloodsucker not eveyone will like it but
i did.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A sorrow the extras do not take subtitles in Castilian ..., 4 May 2015
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A sorrow the extras do not take subtitles in Castilian.The movie me came with the torn mask ... due to the pressing to the enpaquetar ... I am dependent on the return of 2 pounds ... little money for the caused inconveniences
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent picture quality, 19 April 2015
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Excellent picture quality.
Contains same extras as the dvd release from BU including bonus film Blood Splattered Bride.

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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Tedious and pretentious, 3 Mar. 2010
Although this has to be one of the classiest Lesbian Vampire films I've ever watched. It also must be one of the most tedious and pretentious. It's all played out very suggestive rather that overly sexually explicit. A long time is spent on character development. Sadly the characters are just plain uninteresting. And considering that the film is about vampirism? There is only one scene devoted to it. Yes it does have moments that are wonderfully macabre and the ending is truly shocking. But I will stick with Jean Rollin if I want an honest Lesbian vampire flick.
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