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The Devil's Wedding Night (1973)

Il plenilunio delle vergini (original title)
R | | Horror | April 1973 (USA)
Lady Dracula uses Dracula's ring to lure beautiful girls to her castle, where she murders them so she can bathe in their blood.

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(as Paul Solvay), (uncredited)

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(original story "The Brides of Countess Dracula"), (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Franz Schiller / Karl Schiller
Rosalba Neri ...
La Contessa Dolingen de Vries (as Sara Bay)
Esmeralda Barros ...
Lara the Zombie
Xiro Papas ...
The Vampire Monster (as Ciro Papas)
Gengher Gatti ...
The Mysterious Man (as Alexander Getty)
Enza Sbordone ...
Tanya the Innkeeper's Daughter (as Francesca Romana Davila)
Carlo Gentili ...
The Innkeeper (as Mort Baxter)
Giorgio Dolfin ...
First Villager at Inn (as George Dolfin)
Stefano Oppedisano ...
Second Villager at Inn (as Stephen Hopper)
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The 1800s: scholarly Karl Schiller believes he's found the ring of the Nibelungen, which holds great power. It's at Castle Dracula. His twin, Franz, a gambler, asks if vampires frighten Karl; Karl shows him an Egyptian amulet, which may protect him. Franz takes the amulet and sets out ahead of his brother, arriving at the castle first. There he finds a countess who invites him to dine. Later that night, Karl arrives. Coincidently, it's the Night of the Virgin Moon, a night that falls every fifty years and draws five virgins from the surrounding village to the castle not be heard from again. Can Karl protect his brother, find the ring, and rescue any of the women? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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EXORCISM! the one last hope for the possessed...BUT THIS TIME THE DEVIL WINS! See more »

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The Devil's Crypt  »

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Trivia

Italian censorship visa # 62028 delivered on 14-3-1973. See more »

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During the black masque wedding, as Karl enters the room, there's not a drop of blood visible on the floor, or anywhere else, despite the fact that 5 adult women were killed by having their jugular veins slashed open. See more »

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Rosalba Neri - Vampiric Queen of Satanic Sleaze Orgies
18 January 2011 | by See all my reviews

Italian Gothic Horror films from the 60s and 70s are usually as elegant, eerie and rewarding as Horror can get. While Luigi Batzella's "Il Plenilunio Delle Vergini" aka. "The Devil's Wedding Night" of 1973 is certainly no highlight of the genre, it is an enjoyable little slice of Sleaze that my fellow Eurohorror buffs should enjoy. Even though there are some brilliant Italian Gothic Horror films made in the 70s, one might say that the sub-genre had its heyday in the 60s, when filmmakers such as the inimitable Mario Bava, Antonio Margheriti and Riccardo Freda delivered the greatest contributions to the genre. In the 70s, the main focus of Italian Horror/Suspense cinema was on the equally brilliant and elegant Giallo-Genre; however, there were still plenty of Gothic Horror films being made, and those went with the time and were filled with the delightful sleaze that is omnipresent in 70s cult-cinema. "The Devil's Wedding Night" is a good example for this.

One has to admit that the storyline is not the film's strongest aspect, as it doesn't make a lot of sense. In search of the legendary Ring of the Nibelungen, Karl Schiller (Mark Damon) comes to Transylvania where he inspects Castle Dracula, claiming that he does so for architectural studies. The stunningly beautiful and sinister Contessa Dolingen De Vries (Rosalba Neri), who owns the castle, immediately seduces him. However, the sexy Contessa has some unholy secrets... In the meanwhile Karl's identical twin brother (also Mark Damon), has followed him to Transylvania in order to look after his safety...

As stated above, the story doesn't make a lot of sense. The film starts out extremely cheesy, but it gradually gets better and more entertaining. Italian directors have always had a particular talent to make their films visually elegant, even when the budget was low, and this film is no exception. "The Devi's Wedding Night" is beautifully shot in nice locations full of elegant and macabre set-pieces. The ravishing Rosalba Neri (credited here as Sara Bay) who is best known for her roles in other sleazy Italian gems such as "La Figlia Di Frankenstein" ("Frankenstein's Daughter", 1971) and "La Bestia Uccide A Sangue Freddo" ("Slaughter Hotel", 1971) and who is once again more than willing to take her clothes off, fits in the role of the Vampiric Countess very well. The rest of the female cast members are also beautiful to look at, and all have exhibitionist tendencies. Apart from her beauty, Rosalba Neri also has a great screen presence and the talent to be effectively eerie. The film includes all the essential ingredients of 70s Eurosleaze, such as gratuitous female nudity, lesbianism and lesbian Vampires, and bloody and perverted Satanic rituals. Leading man Mark Damon was in the greatest of Gothic Horror films in the sixties, including Bava's "I Tre Volti Della Paura" ("Black Sabbath", 1963) and Roger Corman's "House of Usher" (1960). He continued to be in the sleaziest of Gothic Horror movies in the seventies, including the visually stunning "Byleth - Il Demone Dell'Incesto" and this film.

Overall, "The Devil's Wedding Night" is no must-see, but it certainly is a fun flick to watch for a fan of low-budget Eurohorror. 6.5/10


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