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They desired her body... She craved their blood. See more »
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Sleepy-eyed nice guy Lee Ritter and his vapid, but pretty wife, Susan accept the invitation of mysterious... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

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)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Johnny Shines ... Bluesman (uncredited)

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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80 min
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Celeste Yarnall did her own make-up. Moreover, Yarnall wore her own sweater and bell bottom pants in the mine shaft sequence.See more »
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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Worth watching for a captivating lead performance., 6 November 2011
Author: Scott LeBrun (Hey_Sweden) from Canada

Nicely done vampire tale, an early effort for Roger Corman's New World Pictures, breaks from convention in some ways and gives it a refreshingly different environment in which to play out: the California desert. Super sexy Celeste Yarnall is the enigmatic Diane, a desert dweller who invites young couple Lee (Michael Blodgett, "Beyond the Valley of the Dolls") and Susan (Sherry Miles, 'Hee Haw') to her isolated mansion. Co-writer / director Stephanie Rothman, the woman behind such other drive-in gems as "The Working Girls" and "Terminal Island", incorporates elements such as eroticism, voyeurism, and mysticism into this often artfully done, dreamlike horror film with palpable desert atmosphere, excellent music, and impressive sun baked cinematography by Daniel Lacambre. The dream sequences are especially enjoyable, even more so when we learn Lee and Susan are having almost the same dreams in unison. Susan often comes off as too whiny and insecure, although one couldn't blame her too much for the latter when they see just how powerfully attracted Lee is to Diane. In fact, both Lee and Susan end up rather intrigued by their cagey and alluring hostess, just not at the same time. The isolated setting ensures that escape is, while definitely not impossible, certain to be a daunting task. The sequences in the cemetery, as well as those aforementioned dream sequences, are the best in the movie. Restrained use of violence helps to make the bloodier parts that much punchier when they do occur, and in general the use of colour is quite striking. Blodgett and Miles are okay as the couple, but this is definitely Yarnall's show, and she makes the most of her role, and both she and Miles show off an appreciable amount of skin. Supporting players Gene Shane, as Carl, and Jerry Daniels, as Juan, are decent as well, with familiar character players Sandy Ward, as Amos the service station attendant, and Robert Tessier - playing a biker, naturally - making appearances as well. "The Velvet Vampire" is a good little movie for discerning vampire movie lovers to check out, as it continues to remain an overlooked item. Seven out of 10.

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