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Director:
Writers:
Pierre Drouot (scenario) &
Harry Kümel (scenario) ...
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Release Date:
22 October 1971 (USA) See more »
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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 »
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Cast

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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
 
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
Edith Schuman .... assistant editor (as Edith Shumann)
Daniel de Valck .... assistant editor (as Daniel Devalk)
 
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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Runtime:
USA:100 min (uncut version) | USA:87 min
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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)

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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 »
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Countess Bathory:It is since long that I have crossed the river Ocean!See more »
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17 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
A Landmark in Vampire Erotica, 7 August 2007
Author: Jonny_Numb from Hellfudge, Pennsylvania

While I appreciate vampires as a staple of the horror genre, I have never been a big fan of vampire films. And while I will be the first to laud the merits of Bela Lugosi and Christopher Lee's contributions to the cape, they look rather timid next to Countess Elizabeth Bathory (the luminous and sensual Delphine Seyrig) in "Daughters of Darkness." While Harry Kumel's film is one of the most aesthetically beautiful vampire pictures ever lensed, dripping with subtle sexual tension, it also presses forth with a feminist/lesbian subtext that's as alluring as it is clever. The plot is relatively straightforward, and the film takes its time in establishing mood and atmosphere--Valerie (Danielle Ouiment) and Stefan (John Karlen) are newlyweds who are on the rocks only 3 hours into the marriage, and things are complicated further when Countess Bathory and her assistant, Ilona (Andrea Rau) check into the same deserted seaside hotel. While the atmosphere could be compared to the Universal and Hammer horrors, Kumel's artistry--with well-framed images, emphasis on wardrobe, and a very deliberate color scheme--exists in its own unique league. The topic of lesbianism--and even heterosexuality--is presented in a minimalist, unexploitative manner, yet maintains a pervasive eroticism throughout. Even the vampiric seduction is presented with a minimum of graphic bloodshed, which is all the more effective. "Daughters of Darkness" is the type of moody, character-driven piece that plays like a sensual sister to George Romero's similarly unique "Martin." As my comment title implies, this is an excellent film, required viewing for fans of horror and great art alike.

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