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Vampyres [Blu-ray]  [US Import]
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"They share the pleasures of the flesh, and unleashed the horrors of the grave!" screamed the ads. The beautiful Marianne Morris and stunning Playboy centerfold Anulka star as bisexual seductresses who roam the English countryside with an insatiable lust for the blood of mortals as well as the succulent bodies of each other. Director José Ramón Larraz packs this landmark adult hit with chilling atmosphere, shocking bloodshed and some of the most torrid sexuality of any vampire movie in horror history. Also known as Daughters of Dracula, this controversial cult classic was butchered repeatedly by censors around the world. Blue Underground is proud to present Vampyres in a stunning new High Definition transfer that restores all of the controversial gore footage missing from other versions!
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It starts with a bang and holds the attention throughout. Think Hammer but with less kitsch and some extra oomph! It's also a bit enigmatic (which i'm all for) in that it doesn't feel the need to spell out all the whos and whys (such as, why were P.38's so thick on the ground in the 1970's?).
The directors commentary is priceless, the man is like a spanish Sid James ("Ahh, Anulka's poosee!!"), completely in contrast to the urbane diction of the producer.
The music is a diverting bonus too. Imagine the Jimi Hendrix Experience blind drunk, accompanied by the wolfman (also bladdered) on piano. Or something.
I liked the film and if you're into 70's euro horror, you'll probably like it too. Laters.
Blu ray picture is OK - heavy on the grain, so stick with the DVD if thats a problem, but brighter and more detailed. In a perfect world we would be able to have both, but shelving, sadly, isn't infinite.
By hitchhiking along the surrounding country roads they lure men back to the house in their cars, get them p*ssed and kill them. Each deceased victim and his car are then seen again smashed up against a tree, to appear to the police like a typical road accident so no further investigation required.
One man however, in a BMW, is kept hanging around for days at the house as Fran the dark haired vampire, takes a shine to him and feeds on his blood from a gash in his arm every night like she's sucking on an ice lolly.
The actresses are beautiful, there's gore, lesbian lust and nudity in a Hammer Films sort of a way, but I still can't work out the ending. This is a cult film in some countries apparently, and I don't think it's ever been on TV.
There is no connection to Dracula in this film at all, the 'Daughters of Dracula' tag was added as a marketing ploy after the original title was changed from 'Blood Hunger'. This 1974 movie is a classic of the erotic-horror genre which was gaining popularity in the 1970s and led by Hammer Studios, although this film was produced independently by Lurco Films and filmed exclusively in the UK, mostly around Oakley Court near Windsor, which at the time was on permanent lease to Hammer, prior to the present conversion to a hotel.
Two beautiful lesbian women are murdered by a jealous husband and mysteriously return as vampires to haunt the house where they died, enticing unsuspecting travellers to join them at the mansion for sex orgies and then draining them of blood to feed their vampiric lusts and then returning to their tomb at day break.
The two stars, Marrianne Morris and Anulka Dziubinska were both centre fold models whose acting careers only really lasted a few years in minor television appearances, both married and retired. Watch out for a young Michael Byrne in his debut feature film role. To a modern audience the film is probably a bit hammy with the soft porn element dominating the horror story, but it is a classic of the genre and worth adding to any horror film collection and has become a cult item in the last few years.
This Anchor Bay edition is one of the longer versions,90 mins, having only 30 seconds cut from the original release; most censored versions running between 70-85 mins. The film had over and hour of filmed scenes which ended on the cutting room floor and sadly have been totally lost except for a few stills in the archives. The DVD extras include the US and British trailers, audio commentary by the director Jose Larraz and a stills gallery.
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