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The Playgirls and the Vampire (1960)

L'ultima preda del vampiro (original title)
| Horror | 1963 (USA)
Five beautiful showgirls are trapped by a storm and find refuge in a creepy old castle. The owner of the castle, a strange nobleman, has a secret laboratory in the basement and has his own plans for the girls.

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Complete credited cast:
Walter Brandi ...
Count Gabor Kernassy / The Vampire
Lyla Rocco ...
Vera
Maria Giovannini ...
Katia, the victim
Alfredo Rizzo ...
Lucas, the manager
Marisa Quattrini ...
Ilona
Leonardo Botta ...
Ferrenc
Antoine Nicos ...
Caretaker (as Antonio Nicos)
Corinne Fontaine ...
Magda
Tilde Damiani ...
Miss Balasz
Erika Dicenta ...
Erika di Centa (as Erika Di Centa)
Enrico Salvatore ...
Peasant
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Five beautiful showgirls are trapped by a storm and find refuge in a creepy old castle. The owner of the castle, a strange nobleman, has a secret laboratory in the basement and has his own plans for the girls.

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She knew...when she felt his lips on her, that there was no other man for her...if this was a man! See more »

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Great sets all around!
21 August 2005 | by (Haddonfield, IL) – See all my reviews

A group of five "showgirls" of varying curvaceousness, along with their manager and bus driver, find themselves in the proverbial Gothic horror movie circumstances: their bus, traveling through a rural area, is forced off the road by a storm, so naturally the thing to do is to take refuge in the spooky old castle that's just up the road, over a rickety bridge. The storm is apparently pretty bad, although we don't ever see any evidence of it, and it looks pretty sunny out during the outdoors scenes. The castle itself contains a few servants and a lone nobleman...oh, and there's also a vampire in the basement.

Our main showgirl, Vera, is a dead ringer for the nobleman's long-dead ancestor, the wife of the long-dead vampire, so she's the main chica-in-trouble, but there's not much going on that's of interest. The story is very silly, and this movie is of note today simply because it features a great deal of scantily clad women on hand, as well as a short topless scene. The photography is interesting, and the sets really get some atmosphere going. I'm a sucker for haunted castle stories with plenty of secret passageway action.

But the hoary aspects of this story were generally of the Ed Wood variety. The film is very campy, and cannot be taken seriously in any way. Ultimately this comes off as too jokey to be a stellar example of an atmospheric Italian "scares & nudity" film, even if it was one of the first.


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