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Joseph W. Sarno (writer)
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1974 (USA) See more »
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  (in credits order)
Nadia Henkowa ... Wanda
Anke Syring ... Julia Malenkow
Ulrike Butz ... Monika
Nico Wolferstetter ... Peter Malenkow (as Nico Wolf)
Flavia Keyt
Alon D'Armand
Claudia Fielers ... Samana (as Irina Kant)
Natasha Michnowa
Eric Mancy
Christa Jaeger
Heidrun Hankammer
Marie Forså ... Helga

Directed by
Joseph W. Sarno 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Joseph W. Sarno  writer

Produced by
Dominik Huser .... executive producer
Chris D. Nebe .... producer: Monarex
Sture Sjöstedt .... executive producer: Saga Film
Original Music by
Rolf-Hans Müller 
Cinematography by
Steve Silverman 
Film Editing by
Karl Fugunt  (as K. H. Fugunt)
Dietmar Preuss 
Set Decoration by
Armin Rye 
Peggy Steffans  (as Cleo Nova)
Costume Design by
Peggy Steffans 
Makeup Department
Alexandra de Jongh .... makeup artist
Erika König .... makeup artist
Helmut Pohl .... hair stylist
Production Management
Marijan Vajda .... production manager (as Marijan Vajda Sr.)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Marijan David Vajda .... assistant director (as Marijan Vajda Jr.)
Sound Department
Thomas Faber-Hume .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Helmut Flieger .... gaffer
Norbert Friedländer .... assistant camera
Gert S. Kreutschmann .... still photographer
Other crew
Micky Kley .... script supervisor (as Mickey Kley)

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Also Known As:
"The Devil's Plaything" - UK, USA (DVD title)
"Veil of Blood" - Hong Kong (English title), USA (working title)
"The Curse of the Black Sisters" - USA (literal English title)
"Vampire Ecstasy" - USA (video title)
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Rated R for strong sexuality, graphic nudity and brief violence (edited version)
103 min (DVD) | 85 min (R-rated version)
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Portugal:M/18 | Sweden:15 | UK:18 | USA:X | USA:R (edited version) | West Germany:18 (SPIO: X) (cut)
Filming Locations:


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9 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
One of Joe Sarno's best films--for what ever that's worth, 9 July 2006
Author: lazarillo from Denver, Colorado and Santiago, Chile

Joe Sarno has never quite achieved the respect or notoriety of other sex/genre directors like Jess Franco or Russ Meyer largely because he was a very workman-like director without a really distinctive style of his own. However, unlike Franco, who only made movies in Europe, or Meyer, who only made movies in America, Sarno was able to go back and forth across the Atlantic making low-budget classics like "Sin in the Suburbs" in the US and "Inga" and "Young Playthings" in Europe. Like Franco and Meyer, he definitely had an eye for pretty girls. In America he helped discover several bra popping ingénues like Uschi Digart, Marsha Jordan, and Audrey Landers while in Sweden he discovered some truly impressive beauties like Marie Lillejahl, Christine Lindberg, and the star of this picture, Maria Forse.

Forse, the only Swede in an otherwise German cast, plays a schoolgirl who is lured with her friend to a remote castle as part of some plot by a coven of witches/vampires to snare a brother and sister in order that they can resurrect the siblings' ancestor, a long dead witch (or something like that). Her friend becomes a vampire while she falls in love with the brother. Much nudity, ritualistic dancing, and softcore groping ensues. The plot really isn't that important though--this is another European film where the producers apparently had access to an old castle and some actresses willing to disrobe so they decided to make a movie. The results kind of resemble a Jean Rollins film like "Requiem for a Vampire" but less arty, or a Renato Polselli like "The Reincarnation of Isabel" but less insane. It's more a sex film than a horror film, but interestingly, judging from some of the footage in the DVD supplements, Retroseduction did not include the strongest possible cut sex-wise. This is probably just as well as this barely qualifies as horror film as it is. If you want to see a pure Sarno sex film I'd recommend either the arty but barely legal (if that) Swedish film "Inga" or the godawful American bored housewife romp "Pleasures of Woman" (which Retroseduction also recently released on DVD-- along with a shot-by-shot "remake" with their in-house silicone cyborg girls just in case you want to watch it twice). Pick your poison.

Next to the very hard-to-find "Young Playthings", this is probably Sarno's best film though--for whatever that's worth

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