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They desired her body... She craved their blood. See more »
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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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The sequence at the bus station was shot in Downtown Los Angeles without permits.See more »
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5 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Sun and Sand, 5 March 2005

A vampire in the middle of the desert? That is just what is the subject of this somewhat forgotten, semi-erotic tale made in the only decade one would make a movie about a female vampire with inclinations toward both sexes: the seventies! Now before I get too far, let me say that this film is unique in several ways. It has as its vampire a vampire that defies almost all of the traditional myths about vampires. This one, named Diane, can go about freely in the sun. She can see her reflection in the mirror. She sleeps in a luxuriously large bed(all the more room to entertain her guests). She does feed on blood. She is reputed to be over a century old.. She has a deathly aversion to the Crucifix. What does all this mean? I really don't know, but I am of the opinion that the director and writer were portraying a real vampire rather than a mental vampire(one that believes herself to be a vampire). Diane, played deliciously by Celeste Yarnell, meets a guy and his wife while at a club in Los Angelos. They are invited to her house in the middle of nowhere in the Mojave Desert. Once there, we see Diane and company explore a mine shaft, visit a ghost town, have sexual relations in three different pairings, ride on a dune buggy, and see Diane suck the venom out of a bikini-clad Sherry Miles's leg. This is a strange film not always sure where it is going, but it does lots of things fairly nicely. The acting is pretty good. Yarnell, aside from being beautiful, gives a good performance despite the flaws she inherited with a script fraught with problems. The script keeps cohesive though never explains anything really and tries way too hard at the end. The sex scenes are really quite tame by today's standards. I liked the guitar score throughout much of the film. Though I believe the movie tried to heap much on its being seen as a risqué film in its favor, the film is much more than that. It is far from great, but it is definitely worth a look.

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