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They desired her body... She craved their blood. See more »
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Cast

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Michael Blodgett ... Lee Ritter

Sherry Miles ... Susan Ritter

Celeste Yarnall ... Diane LeFanu
Gene Shane ... Carl Stoker
Jerry Daniels ... Juan
Sandy Ward ... Amos
Paul Prokop ... Cliff
Chris Woodley ... Cliff's girl

Robert Tessier ... Biker (as Bob Tessier)
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Johnny Shines ... Bluesman (uncredited)
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Directed by
Stephanie Rothman 
 
Writing credits
Maurice Jules (written by) and
Charles S. Swartz (written by) &
Stephanie Rothman (written by)

Produced by
Roger Corman .... executive producer
Charles S. Swartz .... producer
 
Cinematography by
Daniel Lacambre  (as Daniel LaCambre)
 
Film Editing by
Stephen Judson 
Barry Simon 
 
Art Direction by
Teddi Peterson 
 
Costume Design by
Keith Hodges 
 
Makeup Department
Rafaelle Patterson .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Michael D. Castle .... assistant production manager (as Mike Castle)
Marty Katz .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Marty Katz .... assistant director
Mike Levine .... second assistant director
 
Sound Department
Bob McCord .... sound
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Michael Shore .... key grip (as Mike Shore)
Gilbert Thevenaz .... assistant camera
 
Editorial Department
Dale Beldin .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Roger Dollarhide .... music producer
Clancy B. Grass III .... music producer
 
Other crew
Peter Fain .... production associate
Don Record .... title designer
Judy Redlin .... script supervisor
 
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The sequence at the bus station was shot in Downtown Los Angeles without permits.See more »
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17 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
Worth a look, 19 September 2004
Author: lazarillo from Denver, Colorado and Santiago, Chile

At first, this looks to be another of the "erotic vampire" movies that were so popular in the 1970's, especially in Europe. But this American movie is actually quite different from Hammer's "Carnstein trilogy", the Rollins and Franco vampire films, and other European cult classics like "Vampyres" and "Daughters of Darkness". It doesn't really have the lesbian vampire angle that was often the bane of many of the European films. It's more of a love triangle with a free-spirited hippie couple (Michael Blodgett and Sherry Miles) finding their swinging lifestyle tested by a mysterious and very seductive woman (Celeste Yanell). There is one incredible polymorphously perverse scene where Yanell sucks snake venom out of the Miles's leg, and there are several heterosexual scenes between Blodgett and each of the women (usually while the other is secretly watching), but the plot is never completely overwhelmed with softcore groping,lesbian or otherwise.

The movie also has a very unusual (and very American)setting. It takes place in the Mojave desert near an abandoned mine and an old graveyard (where there are hints of cannibalism and necrophilia). It is atrociously acted (with Miles being the worst offender), but surprisingly well photographed, really making the most of its non-traditional horror setting. The vampire herself is also quite non-traditional. She has a reflection, is not overly adverse to sunlight, and may not really even be a vampire but instead someone suffering from insanity or a rare blood disease a la "Martin" or "Mary, Mary, Bloody Mary".

This movie may not quite compare some of the European vampire classics of its time, but it's better than some (Franco's "Female Vampire", for instance),and it's miles ahead of recent, derivative crap like "An Erotic Vampire in Paris". I'd rank it among the more interesting American vampire films of the period such as "Count Yorga" and "Lemora, Lady Dracula".

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