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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An all time classic
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...
Published on 29 Sep 2011 by Felix Satanis

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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Arty vampire film
Essentially a well made vampire film with some style and wonderfull creepy performance from Delphine Seyrig as the predatory Countess. Sexy and charasmatic she may be but also manipulative and deadly in pursuit of her prey, she gives an understated dark presence to the film. Well worth a look, but don't expect in your face horror.
Published on 9 Mar 2011 by Davy L


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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An all time classic, 29 Sep 2011
This review is from: Daughters Of Darkness [DVD] (DVD)
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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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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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Art House Lesbian Vampires, 1 April 2011
This review is from: Daughters Of Darkness [DVD] (DVD)
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars art house horror, 3 Nov 2010
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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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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars erotic chiller, 22 Jan 2011
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Stylish direction, Seyrig is brilliant as the Countess Bathory and the almost deserted luxury hotel is an ideal setting for the action, more of an arthouse film than horror. J.H.Allen
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3.0 out of 5 stars Arty vampire film, 9 Mar 2011
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Essentially a well made vampire film with some style and wonderfull creepy performance from Delphine Seyrig as the predatory Countess. Sexy and charasmatic she may be but also manipulative and deadly in pursuit of her prey, she gives an understated dark presence to the film. Well worth a look, but don't expect in your face horror.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Dear oh dear, 23 April 2012
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I am wondering whether I was watching the same film as the other reviewers.

Painfully slow with countless wasted opportunities , this film is probably one of the worst so called vampire film I have ever seen. Only one short scene was interesting. However, there were some nice shots of the Belgian coast and medieval town of Brugge (hence two stars) . Erotic ? no, scary ? no, interesting ? no, enjoyable ? no.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Daughters of Darkness, 25 Sep 2008
Good quality dvd, but poor quality plot and acting. The action is dated and does not get your juices flowing. On the whole a poor effort at an alleged exciting film
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