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Daughters of Darkness (1971)
"Les lèvres rouges" (original title)

 -  Horror  -  22 October 1971 (USA)
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A newlywed couple are passing through a vacation resort. Their paths cross with a mysterious, strikingly beautiful countess and her aide.

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A chic, good-looking and suitably 70's couple arrive at an extravagant and deserted seaside hotel after eloping. Stefan is wealthy and happily English, with a hidden streak of sadism, while Valarie is intelligent but of inferior (Swedish) blood. To keep her with him at the eerie hotel he lies consistantly about his relationship with his mother and his plans to tell her of their marriage. Meanwhile he has mysterious phone conversations with an older, dominant and pampered sissy. Two fresh guests arrive; the Hungarian countess, Elizabeth Bathory and her voluptuous protege, Ilona. Virgin corpses begin showing up about the city drained of their blood. A wary detective lurks around the hotel taunting his only suspect, the Countess. Written by kwedgwood@hotmail.com

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Countess Bathory drives a 1953-1955 Bristol 403. See more »

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Countess Bathory: Love is stronger than death... even than life.
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The most beautiful vampire film ever made
14 July 1999 | by (DVD Drive-In) – See all my reviews

Technically not a vampire movie, DAUGHTERS OF DARKNESS is really a blood drinkers' movie. But the acting is superb, the cinematography is so careful and precious, and the whole movie is so beautiful that the deceiving "vampire" theme won't stop you from loving it. Many people believe that Hammer's female vampires are the most beautiful in the business. Delphine Seyrig and her supporting actresses prove those people wrong.

This film reminds me of the equally classic MARY, MARY BLOODY MARY, another movie about vampires that aren't really vampires. The legendary Elisabeth Bathory was not a vampire, she simply drank and bathed in blood to remain eternally young. Vampires drink blood (and don't bath in it) to survive, so the women in this movie aren't vampires.

The sensuality of this film drips off the screen, it so strong and thick. While not full of sex scenes, the erotic overtones of lesbianism and sexual tension between the competing Elisabeth and Stefan feels so real. Even the presence of blood is done so tastefully it seems perversely sexy. No matter how you hate the sight of blood, in this movie, it doesn't turn you off, it turns you on...literally! Highly recommended, do not miss this movie!


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