IMDb > Daughters of Darkness (1971)
Les lèvres rouges
Quicklinks
Top Links
trailers and videosfull cast and crewtriviaofficial sitesmemorable quotes
Overview
main detailscombined detailsfull cast and crewcompany credits
Awards & Reviews
user reviewsexternal reviewsawardsuser ratingsparents guidemessage board
Plot & Quotes
plot summarysynopsisplot keywordsmemorable quotes
Did You Know?
triviagoofssoundtrack listingcrazy creditsalternate versionsmovie connectionsFAQ
Other Info
box office/businessrelease datesfilming locationstechnical specsliterature listingsNewsDesk
Promotional
taglines trailers and videos posters photo gallery
External Links
showtimesofficial sitesmiscellaneousphotographssound clipsvideo clips

Daughters of Darkness (1971) More at IMDbPro »Les lèvres rouges (original title)

Photos (See all 8 | slideshow)

Overview

User Rating:
6.7/10   2,456 votes »
Your Rating:
Saving vote...
Deleting vote...
/10   (delete | history)
Sorry, there was a problem
MOVIEmeter: ?
Down 45% in popularity this week. See why on IMDbPro.
Director:
Writers:
Pierre Drouot (scenario) &
Harry Kümel (scenario) ...
(more)
Contact:
View company contact information for Daughters of Darkness on IMDbPro.
Release Date:
22 October 1971 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
An erotic nightmare of vampire lust [DVD] See more »
Plot:
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 »
Plot Keywords:
User Reviews:
Slowly paced but gorgeous supernatural tale, just don't expect an orthodox horror flick going in See more (43 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

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
 
Stunts
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
 

Production CompaniesDistributors

Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Les lèvres rouges" - Belgium (original title)
See more »
Runtime:
USA:100 min (uncut version) | USA:87 min
Language:
Color:
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Certification:
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)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
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 »
Quotes:
Countess Bathory:It is since long that I have crossed the river Ocean!See more »
Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
Daughters of DarknessSee more »

FAQ

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
18 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
Slowly paced but gorgeous supernatural tale, just don't expect an orthodox horror flick going in, 26 September 2007
Author: TheMarquisDeSuave from Worcester, MA

Many of the European sleaze flicks of the 70s had high art pretensions, particularly those by the likes of Jess Franco and Jean Rollin. However, "Daughters of Darkness" is one of the few to succeed as actual art and trashy exploitation. Its beautifully filmed with constantly gorgeous sets and actually well-developed characters (the later being a true rarity for the genre). On the other hand, it has plenty of nudity and a few cheap thrills to keep the drive-in fan entertained.

As I said above, this is a quality production all around. The direction by Harry Kümel is simply exquisite. The film is very slowly paced and will probably be considered dull by those expecting an actual horror film. There's few shocks to be had here, nor are there any seemingly conscience attempts to scare the audience. Kumel obviously had something else on his mind. The sets are also gorgeous and the cinematography constantly impresses. The film is certainly not for all tastes, but those who enjoy films that cross the line between cult and art will be fascinated.

Most of all, the story is very strong. Unlike many other lesbian vampire flicks, the character development is very strong. Countess Bathory is never portrayed as actually being the villain, and a superb performance from Delphine Seyrig ensures a memorable character. The couple is slightly less impressive but still fine in their own right. Its interesting how the true antagonist of the story shifts from Bathory to Stefen, the husband, midway through. All in all, "Daughters of Darkness" is one of the most beautiful supernatural films I've seen in a while. (8/10)

Was the above review useful to you?
See more (43 total) »

Message Boards

Discuss this movie with other users on IMDb message board for Daughters of Darkness (1971)
Recent Posts (updated daily)User
Oh, Come On.... PACman66
What Kind of Car Do the Countess and Ilona drive? IslandDweller
What things are cut in the 87 min (US) version? smares1
Antwerp by nicholas royle Francoesque-2
song lyrics element333
See more »

Recommendations

If you enjoyed this title, our database also recommends:
- - - - -
Venus in Furs Basic Instinct Blade of the Ripper A Bay of Blood The Professional: Golgo 13
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
Show more recommendations

Related Links

Full cast and crew Company credits External reviews
News articles IMDb Horror section IMDb Belgium section

You may report errors and omissions on this page to the IMDb database managers. They will be examined and if approved will be included in a future update. Clicking the 'Edit page' button will take you through a step-by-step process.