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Les lèvres rouges
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Daughters of Darkness -- Delphine Seyrig stars in this classic horror movie as Elizabeth Bathory, a sinister and ageless countess whose ancestor found eternal youth by bathing in the blood of 800 virgins.


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22 October 1971 (USA) See more »
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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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Directed by
Harry Kümel 
Writing credits
Pierre Drouot (scenario) &
Harry Kümel (scenario)

Jean Ferry (dialogue)

Manfred R. Köhler  uncredited

Produced by
Paul Collet .... producer
Pierre Drouot .... associate producer
Alain C. Guilleaume .... associate producer
Henry Lange .... producer
Luggi Waldleitner .... producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
François de Roubaix 
Cinematography by
Eduard van der Enden 
Film Editing by
Denis Bonan 
August Verschueren  (as Gust Verschueren)
Hans Zeiler (uncredited)
Art Direction by
Françoise Hardy 
Costume Design by
Bernard Perris 
Makeup Department
Pascale Kellen .... makeup artist
Ulli Ullrich .... key makeup artist
Production Management
Jean-Marie Bertrand .... production manager
Paul Collet .... unit production manager
Will Dellaert .... assistant unit production manager (as Willy Dellaert)
Erwin Gitt .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Paul Arias .... first assistant director
Jean-Marc Turine .... second assistant director
Art Department
Henri Roesems .... property master (as Henry Roesems)
Sound Department
Jacques Eippers .... sound
Jack Jullian .... sound mixer
Hans-Walter Kramski .... foley artist (as Hans W. Krasmki)
Henri Morelle .... boom operator
Special Effects by
Eugene Hendrickx .... special effects
Thierry Hallard .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Peter Anger .... first assistant camera
Claude Decubber .... electrician
Jacques Fondaire .... second assistant camera
Virginia Leirens .... still photographer
Bob Lessenne .... grip
Jan Van Gastel .... still photographer
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Marie-Paule Petignot .... costumer
Editorial Department
Daniel de Valck .... assistant editor (as Daniel Devalk)
Edith Schuman .... assistant editor (as Edith Shumann)
Other crew
Michèle Mehary .... production secretary
Magda Reypens .... script supervisor

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Also Known As:
"Les lèvres rouges" - Belgium (original title)
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USA:100 min (uncut version) | USA:87 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:MA | Canada:18+ (Quebec) (original rating) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) (re-rating) (2005) | Canada:18 (Nova Scotia) (2003) | France:18 | Germany:16 (re-rating) (2013) | Iceland:16 | UK:18 | USA:R | West Germany:18 (cut) (original rating)

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The dining room of Palais des Thermes (Ostend) with the coloured glass wall representing the sea with seagulls, where Valerie and Stefan are eating the first evening and where countess Bathory sees them for the first time, still exists but the trinkhall (300 meters from the hotel) with the seduction scene between countess Bathory and Valerie ("little Edelweis") is no longer there. The entrance hall is at Hotel Astoria (with the conversation with Pierre and where countess Bathory is knitting), but the rooms and windows are shot at the Grand Hotel des Thermes. If countess Bathory has been there 40 years ago, this is not probable because the hotel is build only in 1932 and the action takes place in 1970...See more »
Countess Bathory:I feel it in my bones, the night is dying...See more »
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18 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
Part masterpiece/part schlock, 10 February 2000
Author: aaron-71 from Long Island City, NY

I first saw this movie when I was 12 and it had a huge impact on my early artistic endeavors as a young man. I've seen it periodically over the years and can see what intrigued me about it so much. It's part Ingmar Bergman film and part bad vampire movie. There are some beautifully filmed scenes along with some awful dialogue. The brilliant Delphine Seyrig is superbly creepy. The other performances are only mediocre. The music is appropriately over the top; sometimes sinister, sometimes goofy- seventies movie. The new director's cut contains more sex and nudity, probably to avoid getting an x-rating at the time of release. It's definitely worth checking out if you've never seen it.

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