A lesbian vampire couple waylay and abduct various passer-byes, both male and female, to hold them captive at their rural manor in the English countryside in order to kill and feed on them to satisfy their insatiable thirst for blood.
Fran and Miriam are a pair of beautiful vampires who get victims to pull over by hitchhiking. They proceed to bring them back to their house and drink their blood. Written by
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One of the highlights of the brief lesbian vampire subgenre
"Vampyres" ranks with "Daughters of Darkness" and Jess Franco's "Vampiros Lesbos" as the finest lesbian vampire film, a subgenre that was briefly popular among exploitation filmmakers across Europe. Often, the makers would load on the art house pretensions and focus on beautiful naked women, opposed to any actual horror. Fortunately, "Vampyres" features both. Its a genuinely creepy and atmospheric tale of horror, with a large degree of tension and some genuine sympathy towards both the vacationing couple who fall victim and the title vampires themselves. Plus, this film really ups the erotic factor. Both of the lead actresses Marianne Morris and Anulka Dziubinska are absolutely gorgeous and naked for most of the film.
I can see why this blend of erotic-horror wouldn't appeal to many modern horror fans. Despite featuring some shocking bursts of violence, its rather slowly paced with more accent placed on mood and atmosphere. The castle itself exudes a barren and forlorn Gothic mood. Director José Ramón Larraz shows a good amount of skill at creating more atmosphere and erotic tension. Sure, there ultimately isn't really a plot and it all may be a bit pointless in the end, but "Vampyres" is worth watching for fans of vintage Euro-trash. (7/10)
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