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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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Shot entirely in English, even though the majority of the cast was French, German and Flemish. As opposed to most European "genre" films from the 70s, here none of the actors were post-dubbed by others. They can all be heard with their own voices (resulting in some accents), notably Delphine Seyrig's deep, smoky voice or Andrea Rau's and Paul Messer's German accents. See more »

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Countess Bathory: I feel it in my bones, the night is dying...
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Daughters of Darkness
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A masterpiece of lesbian vampire horror.
3 July 2007 | by (Chyby, Poland) – See all my reviews

Delphine Seyrig plays the Countess Erzsebet Bathory(a real historical figure who murdered hundreds of young women in her quest for immortality).In the film,Bathory and her young female companion (Andrea Rau)cross paths with a young couple,Valerie and Stefan who are honeymooning during the off-season in Europe.At first the couple seem fairly normal, but things quickly sour,as the woman is shown to be emotionally unstable and the man is very violent and turned on by death.Their relationship is also undermined by homosexuality on both sides.There are intimations that Stefan is in thrall to an older man back in England and Valerie soon falls under the spell of the ageless and beautiful Countess Bathory."Daughters of Darkness" is a mesmerizing and hypnotic masterpiece of lesbian vampire film.The use of color is extremely stylish,the mood is fantastic and the atmosphere is chilling and sexually tense.The visual beauty of this film is simply phenomenal!


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