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Joseph W. Sarno (writer)
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1974 (USA) See more »
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A lesbian vampire's soul is kept on in the bodies of her descendants. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Penis-shaped Candles! Need I say more? See more (14 total) »


  (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 (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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Additional Details

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)
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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8 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Penis-shaped Candles! Need I say more?, 24 June 2008
Author: Coventry from the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls

Well, there you have it, another disillusion on my account. Two, actually! First of all, even though I like to think of myself that I know a little something about 70's euro-exploitation and its most prolific contributors, I never heard about Joseph W. Sarno before. Here's a guy who made over seventy rancid and cult-laden exploitation movies and I haven't seen a single one! How? Why? What happened here? Secondly, and even worse, just when you think to have found a new source for obscure cult movies, that director's most famous and supposed "masterpiece" turns out to be an irredeemably dull and irritating film. Admittedly, lesbian vampire movies form a pretty insignificant sub genre as a whole, but some of them bath in ominous atmosphere and curious sensuality (like José Larraz' "Vampyres" or Harry Kümmel's "Daughters of Darkness"). Joseph Sarno's film has nothing to offer, except copious amounts of gratuitous nudity and even that becomes boring rather quickly. The events take place in a secluded old castle, hidden deep in the German mountains, where five centuries ago lived a malicious and bloodthirsty (literally) baroness. Her loyal disciples still throw naked dance parties in the castle's catacombs, which are lit by penis-shaped candles…AUCH, and hope to resurrect the baroness any time soon now. Suddenly (don't even ask how) the castle is full of young and sexy female guests, so even more erotic rites ensue. Sounds delicious and entertaining enough, but "The Devil's Plaything" contains a massive number of sequences where literally nothing happens and where the cast members' ignorant facial expressions are simply unendurable! Sarno isn't capable of creating suspense or building a Gothic atmosphere (or maybe he just didn't bother to) and the actresses' capacities restrict themselves to standing in front the camera topless and pull a really pathetic face. Please do yourself a favor: no matter how desperately you strive to see all lurid lesbian-vampire movies of the 70's, this one isn't worth a penny! Even the repertoires of Jess Franco and Jean Rollin are pure art compared to this dud.

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