MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 1,033 this week

Vampyros Lesbos (1971)

 |  Horror  |  1973 (Spain)
5.5
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 5.5/10 from 2,889 users  
Reviews: 64 user | 66 critic

An erotic horror tale about a vixen vampiress seducing and killing women to appease her insatiable thirst for female blood.

Director:

(as Franco Manera)

Writers:

(screenplay), (story), 3 more credits »
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Instant Video

ON DISC

Family Entertainment Guide: IMDb on the Street

IMDb visited the Santa Monica Pier to ask families about their favorite movies from this summer, as well as their favorite all-time movies, TV shows, and characters.

See our Family Entertainment Guide

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 40 titles
created 24 Oct 2011
 
a list of 42 titles
created 15 Jun 2012
 
a list of 43 titles
created 14 Sep 2012
 
a list of 24 titles
created 31 Oct 2012
 
a list of 35 titles
created 1 month ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Vampyros Lesbos" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Vampyros Lesbos (1971)

Vampyros Lesbos (1971) on IMDb 5.5/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Vampyros Lesbos.
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Venus in Furs (1969)
Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

A musician finds the corpse of a beautiful woman on the beach. The woman returns from the dead to take revenge on the group of wealthy sadists responsible for her death.

Director: Jesús Franco
Stars: James Darren, Barbara McNair, Maria Rohm
Adventure | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

A mineral is discovered which can turn metal to gold or humans into zombies. When the mineral is stolen, secret agents are sent in to get the mineral back!

Director: Jesús Franco
Stars: Fred Williams, Soledad Miranda, Horst Tappert
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Eugenie, a beautiful but shy young girl, lives with her stepfather, a famous writer specializing in stories of erotica. One day she happens to read one of his "erotic" books and its power ... See full summary »

Director: Jesús Franco
Stars: Soledad Miranda, Paul Muller, Andrea Montchal
Horror | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

An innocent girl goes to spend the weekend on an island with a woman and her brother, but soon she finds herself entangled in a web of dream-like sexual experiments.

Director: Jesús Franco
Stars: Maria Rohm, Marie Liljedahl, Jack Taylor
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A young doctor kills himself after a medical committee terminates his research into human embryos, considering it too inhumane. His wife then seeks revenge on those who drove her husband to... See full summary »

Director: Jesús Franco
Stars: Soledad Miranda, Fred Williams, Paul Muller
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.6/10 X  

A girl arrives from London to visit her estranged relatives in a remote castle for the reading of her father's will. After a while she discovers that they are all in fact dead and her ... See full summary »

Directors: Jesús Franco, Jean Rollin, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Christina von Blanc, Britt Nichols, Rosa Palomar
Action | Adventure | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  

In all the annals of exploitation cinema, there has never been anything quite like it: Take a luscious young bride (beautiful Playboy centerfold Ursula Fellner) thrust into a brutal prison ... See full summary »

Director: Jesús Franco
Stars: Ajita Wilson, Andrea Guzon, Ursula Buchfellner
Crime | Drama | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  

Women's prison tale, with Lina Romay as Maria who is jailed after killing her father, played by director Jess Franco, who tries to rape her. Lesbian wardens, torture, nudity, sex, insanity and conspiracy round out the formula.

Director: Jesús Franco
Stars: Lina Romay, Paul Muller, Monica Swinn
Succubus (1968)
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

Janine Reynaud stars as a nightclub stripper who free-floats through a spectral 60's landscape littered with dream-figures, dancing midgets and bizarre S&M games.

Director: Jesús Franco
Stars: Janine Reynaud, Jack Taylor, Adrian Hoven
Drama | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

A woman named Justine is used and abused by all manner of perverts, freaks and sexual deviants.

Director: Jesús Franco
Stars: Klaus Kinski, Romina Power, Maria Rohm
99 Women (1969)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  

New inmate Marie arrives at an island prison in the women's sector and receives the number 99. The inmates are controlled by the sadistic lesbian warden Thelma Diaz and Governor Santos and ... See full summary »

Director: Jesús Franco
Stars: Maria Schell, Luciana Paluzzi, Mercedes McCambridge
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.1/10 X  

While driving on tour late night through a lonely road in the countryside of Spain, the van of the punk band "Killer Barbys" has an accident and breaks down. A creepy old man invites the ... See full summary »

Director: Jesús Franco
Stars: Santiago Segura, Mariangela Giordano, Aldo Sambrell
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
Soledad Miranda ...
Countess Nadine Carody (as Susann Korda)
...
Dr. Alwin Seward
Paul Muller ...
Dr. Steiner
Ewa Strömberg ...
Linda Westinghouse (as Ewa Stroemberg)
Heidrun Kussin ...
Agra
José Martínez Blanco ...
Morpho (as J. Martinez Blanco)
Michael Berling ...
Dr. Seward's Assistant
Andrea Montchal ...
Omar (as Viktor Feldmann)
...
Memmet
Edit

Storyline

In Istanbul, the lawyer of Simpson & Simpson Linda Westinghouse has erotic dreams with a strange woman every night and her analyst Dr. Alwin Seward suggests her to find another lover. Linda is assigned to resolve an inheritance issue with the Hungarian Countess Nadine Oskudar that has inherited a real estate from Count Dracula. Linda leaves her boyfriend Omar in the Istanbul Hilton and travels to the Kadidados Island. While waiting for transportation in the continent, Linda is advised by a local that the island would be a place of death and insanity and she should not travel to there. However, she does not pay attention to the man and meets Countess Oskudar that is a lesbian vampire fascinated by Linda. The Countess drinks the blood of Linda and she has amnesia and is sent to a mental institution where Dr, Steiner, who is also a vampire expert, treats her and puts an advertisement in the newspapers. Omar finds Linda and Dr. Steiner teaches her how to kill a vampire. Linda has to be ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

A Psycho-Sexadelic Horror Freakout!

Genres:

Horror

Certificate:

See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

|

Language:

Release Date:

1973 (Spain)  »

Also Known As:

Vampyros Lesbos  »

Box Office

Gross:

ESP 9,167,259 (Spain)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

(Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Although he is credited as co-writer, Jaime Chávarri claims that he had no participation in the writing of the film's script. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Creeps (1997) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

VAMPYROS LESBOS (Jesus Franco, 1970) ***
13 October 2004 | by (Naxxar, Malta) – See all my reviews

After missing it a couple of times on TV (one of them in the guise of the shorter and 'clothed' Spanish version) and thinking about picking up the DVD in either region on several occasions, I finally managed to sit down and watch (via the now-OOP R1 DVD from Synapse) what is perhaps Jess Franco's best-known film. Not having been particularly bowled over by either of the two Soledad Miranda films I had watched until now – EUGENIE DE SADE (1970; though this is one I need to watch again) and SHE KILLED IN ECSTASY (1970) – I was surprised by how much I actually enjoyed VAMPYROS LESBOS. The reasons for this are many and varied and, all in all, I'd say it is without a doubt one of Franco's most enduring – and impressive – works.

As most of you probably know already, the film is based on nothing less than that vampiric chestnut – Bram Stoker's 'Dracula' – which Franco had already filmed a year before and in which VAMPYROS' leading lady, Soledad Miranda, had also appeared! Not having watched that particular adaptation, I cannot say which 'version' is the more successful – but, in the case of VAMPYROS LESBOS, Franco certainly imbues it with an overwhelming visual style (which goes hand in hand with a bizarre and intoxicating soundtrack) that almost encourages one to overlook its deficiencies which, being a Franco film, it could hardly fail to be without!

From the very first shot, the film weaves a haunting and dream-like mood (which is, for the most part, effortlessly sustained throughout) that is as indescribable as it is hard to shake off. Frankly, this is what Franco is all about to me: counting Luis Bunuel as my favorite film-maker, I cannot but admire the ingenuity (coupled sometimes with naivete) with which Franco pulls off this surreal 'trip' of a film –memorable images abound in VAMPYROS LESBOS, many of them allegorical, elliptical, or just plain weird – that, in its own way, also manages to be a remarkably effective spin on Stoker's 'old' vampire tale. In fact, the film's updating/jettisoning of the 'established' vampire myths (a modern beach-house replacing the old family castle and decked out with fish-nets rather than cobwebs; instead of sunlight having a deadly effect on the vampire, we get to admire her while sunbathing and skinny-dipping – though the method of disposing of her remains through incredibly violent means) is surely one of its most endearing aspects. Apart from this, not only is the vampire herself (like the nymphomaniac in SINNER [1972] driven through rape towards lesbianism) as much taken with her victim as one expects it to be the other way around, but also we have what passes for the traditional 'vampire hunter' (Dennis Price's Dr. Seward) actively wanting to go to 'the other side' (the confrontation scene between the two, which takes place in the lobby of his clinic, is masterfully handled – except for one embarrassingly amateurish moment when Price is made to slink down the stairs when he should be running for his life!), whereas the vampire's henchman (named Morpho, no less) is not the expected creepy-looking hulk – if still a mute – but rather a lanky thug in a suit, sporting cool shades and a pistol (not to mention being secretly enamored of his Mistress)! And then there's Jess Franco himself, in a quite revealing bit, as a crazed sadist (foreshadowing perhaps his Vogel of EXORCISM [1974])…

Of course, the film would not have worked quite as well without the beguiling presence of Soledad Miranda who dominates every scene she's in, be it the various tantalizing night-club acts (surely among the finest set-pieces in a Franco film, and several of them feature this type of scene – though we are never told quite why she should be doing them, being a Countess and all!) that we see her perform or the utterly graceful and totally natural manner in which she lures our understandably confused heroine (Ewa Stroemberg) into her particular 'way of life', away from her boyfriend and the routine which governs her 'normal' existence. As has been promised by the title, we get to see a lot of female nudity – a Franco trademark, if ever there was one – but since the plot deals with an obsessive relationship (not only Miranda and Stroemberg's but also Heidrun Kussin's Renfield-like 'infatuation' with the former), it does not feel over-emphasized here and, in any case, is really quite tame considering the director's standards of even a few years later.

The film's basic plot is wafer-thin ('padded' by numerous repeated actions and images) which, coupled with its necessarily languid pace, induces a sense of drowsiness in the viewer; this, however, is not a detriment to the film at all, as this quality is also to be found in the work of even the major art-house film-makers (I felt entranced in much the same way, for example, while watching Robert Bresson's A MAN ESCAPED [1956] recently – a film possibly admired by Franco himself, seeing that it's referenced at the start of THE DIABOLICAL DOCTOR Z [1965]).

For those of you who are interested, I would like to point you in the direction of an excellent analytical study of the film – which lies at the heart of a lengthy article about five Jess Franco movies from the 1970s – written by Maximilian Le Cain that was published in the 'Senses of Cinema' online journal. Here's the relevant link:

http://www.sensesofcinema.com/contents/03/27/jess_franco.html

Immediately after watching the DVD, to my horror I discovered that both VAMPYROS LESBOS and SHE KILLED IN ECSTASY are to be re-issued next year (by a different company, Image) and that these will most probably use the reportedly superior transfers that were available for Second Sight's impossibly expensive (for my tastes, being blind purchases and all) R2 discs. Well, I'm actually thankful I paid less than $12 (shipping included) for VAMPYROS whereas I managed to acquire ECSTASY in a perfectly acceptable VHS dub. Depending on the extras – not that Image has shown itself too generous in this department thus far, at least where Franco is concerned – I may eventually upgrade these two fun Franco flicks featuring the lovely, talented (and ultimately tragic) legend that was Soledad Miranda!


26 of 28 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
The best movie ever made? SweetMovesG
Ewa Strömberg Wilde_child
Does a version of this excist that is in English? hawesmonkey
Soledad Miranda's death i_rule_slightly_more_than_you_do
Soledad Miranda, Psychedelic Soundtrack with Making Love and No Sence.. Malaclypse1776
Locations ? kingofchelmsford
Discuss Vampyros Lesbos (1971) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?