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La comtesse noire
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7 May 1975 (France) See more »
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Lina Romay ... Countess Irina Karlstein
Jack Taylor ... Baron Von Rathony
Alice Arno ... Princess de Rochefort's Servant
Monica Swinn ... Princess de Rochefort (as Monica Swin)

Jesús Franco ... Dr. Roberts (as Jess Franck)
Luis Barboo ... Irina's Manservant
Jean-Pierre Bouyxou ... Dr. Orloff
Raymond Hardy ... Hotel Masseur
Anna Watican ... Anna, a journalist
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Gilda Arancio ... Victim in the wall (uncredited)
Roger Germanes ... Irina's first victim (uncredited)
Ricardo Vázquez ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Jesús Franco  (as J.P. Johnson)
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Gérard Brisseau  writer
Jesús Franco  (as J.P. Johnson)

Produced by
Marius Lesoeur .... producer
Pierre Quérut .... co-producer
Original Music by
Daniel White 
Cinematography by
Jesús Franco  (as Joan Vincent)
Film Editing by
Jesús Franco  (as P. Querut)
Camera and Electrical Department
Raymond Hardy .... still photographer (as Ramon Ardid)

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Also Known As:
"La comtesse noire" - France (original title)
"Erotic Kill" - USA
"Erotikill" - USA (video title)
"The Bare-Breasted Countess" - USA (cut version)
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82 min | Argentina:80 min | Germany:105 min | USA:72 min
Color (Technicolor)
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This film exists in many different versions, with different titles, additional and/or deleted footage and even with different credits, although the latter is largely due to variations of Jesús Franco's pseudonyms. The versions range from hardcore porn with little horror on the one extreme to plain horror with little sex on the other.See more »
Revealing mistakes: In the opening shot, Lina Romay literally walks into the camera, bumping her face on the lens.See more »
Countess Irina Karlstein:[voiceover] I earnestly wish an end would come to this bloody race I am forced to run.See more »
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Referenced in Rewind This! (2013)See more »


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13 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
Still no definitive Director's Cut on DVD, 27 June 2003
Author: internetfathead from England

Franco's erotic vampire film stars Lina Romay as a descendant of Count Dracula who - depending on which version you see - needs the blood or the semen of both male and female victims, in order to stay alive.

Franco's personal works are very much an acquired taste. Many people slate him, calling him a hack and dismissing his work as boring garbage. Personally, I think he makes very interesting, highly personal films which can be erotic, entertaining, disturbing and/or very well made.

'Les Avaleuses' was released in the UK by Redemption Video in a heavily censored form under the title "Female Vampire" (cuts were required by the censors). It was this version I first saw on UK television some years ago. Redemption Benelux released the uncut version of the film some years later, and is perhaps the definitive director's cut of Franco's film, but that version doesn't appear to be any longer available. In the US, the film was released on DVD by Image Entertainment - again under the title "Female Vampire" - but unfortunately they decided to censor one of the sex scenes, which included shots of Lina Romay sucking a man's penis, pushing the film into hard core territory...thus spoiling what is probably a very nice release, as this is no longer what the director originally intended (and more to the point, I personally refuse to buy films that are censored in such a way)! This version does contain some alternate footage in its extra's from the "blood sucking" version of the film, however, which may be of some interest.

More recently the film has surfaced on DVD in Germany under the title "Erotikill - Lady Dracula 2" (on screen title 'Lusternde Vampire Im Spermarausch'). Not a particularly good image, but satisfactory all the same, it is an uncut German language version of the film, though still not quite the original director's cut.

As stated above, two versions of the film were shot - a traditional 'blood sucking' version for places where censorship was strict, and for markets that were more relaxed, a more sexually explicit - borderline hard core - 'semen sucking' version. A few years after its initial release, additional full blown hard core sex scenes were shot and inserted into the movie. It is this version that the German DVD offers, with a running time of 105m (PAL).

Always interested in the most extreme version available, I would recommend that, if you don't have a Redemption Benelux video of this, you go for the German disc over the censored Image release: at least until a proper uncensored director's cut is made available on DVD. However, a word of caution: the inserts are pretty naff, with Romay suddenly sporting red finger nails during a cunnilingus scene, and a fellatio sequence being repeated twice during the movie: one being very badly mis-placed, and the second without the snot shot.

Still, its a very rare version of the film and nice to have, but still not what Franco originally intended. Hopefully it won't be too soon until we get to see the proper 'director's cut' of the film.

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