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Vampyres -- 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.

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Release Date:
January 1975 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
They shared the pleasures of the flesh, and the horrors of the grave!
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Dreamy marriage of bloodsucking and eroticism See more (64 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Marianne Morris ... Fran
Anulka Dziubinska ... Miriam (as Anulka)
Murray Brown ... Ted
Brian Deacon ... John
Sally Faulkner ... Harriet

Michael Byrne ... Playboy
Karl Lanchbury ... Rupert
Margaret Heald ... Receptionist
Gerald Case ... Estate Agent

Bessie Love ... American Lady
Elliott Sullivan ... American Man
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Douglas Jones ... Manager

Directed by
José Ramón Larraz  (as Joseph Larraz)
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Diana Daubeney  (as D. Daubeney)
José Ramón Larraz  uncredited
Thomas Owen  story

Produced by
Brian Smedley-Aston .... producer
 
Original Music by
James Kenelm Clarke  (as James Clarke)
 
Cinematography by
Harry Waxman 
 
Film Editing by
Geoff R. Brown 
 
Casting by
Miriam Brickman 
 
Art Direction by
Ken Bridgeman 
 
Makeup Department
Colin Arthur .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Paul Cowan .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Paul Des Salles .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Trevor Carless .... sound
Clive Smith .... sound editor
Hugh Strain .... sound
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Geoff Smith .... gaffer
George Courtney Ward .... still photographer
Ken Worringham .... camera assistant
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Dulcie Midwinter .... wardrobe supervisor
 
Other crew
Cheryl Leigh .... continuity
Sean Redmayne .... production assistant
Joan Williams .... production secretary
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Daughters of Dracula" - USA (reissue title)
"Vampyre Orgy" - International (English title) (imdb display title)
"Vampyres: Daughters of Darkness" - USA
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Runtime:
87 min | Australia:92 min | France:81 min | Portugal:88 min | UK:84 min (heavily cut) | USA:82 min (R-rated version)
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Certification:
Australia:R (DVD rating) (2007) | Canada:R (Manitoba/Ontario) | Canada:R (Nova Scotia) (original rating) | Canada:18 (Nova Scotia) (re-rating) (2003) | Portugal:M/18 | UK:X (original rating) (cut) | UK:18 (video rating) (2003) (uncut) | UK:18 (video rating) (1989) (cut) | USA:R (cut) | USA:X (original rating)

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Trivia:
Rumors abound about a missing scene in which Fran and Miriam are seen inside the caravan of John and Harriet. This rumor is borne out by production stills and a vague recollection by producer Brian Smedley-Aston that it was, indeed, shot.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Elvira's Haunted Hills (2001)See more »

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13 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
Dreamy marriage of bloodsucking and eroticism, 5 January 2005
Author: fertilecelluloid from Mountains of Madness

Though filmed in England, high-spirited Spanish director Jose Ramon Larraz works hard not to bring a coy, prurient perspective to this joyous celebration of steamy eroticism, lesbianism and vampirism. If he had failed (he doesn't), we would have been saddled with a sexless, potentially arousing work such as Jimmy Sangster's LUST FOR A VAMPIRE, a non-classic that wasted the carnal talents of the smoldering Yutte Stensgaard.

Featuring some of the most delicious scenes of rampant, sexually-charged blood drinking ever, VAMPYRES (not to be confused with John Carpenter's raw but uneven vampire entry) is a minor classic hampered only by a half-baked, meandering script and static dialog.

Negatives aside, it still manages to be poetic, sensual, dream-like and gloriously subversive. Afterall, it is a film of genuine atmosphere.

The vampire leads, exuberantly played by the beautiful Marianne Morris and Anulka Dziubinska, are extraordinary, a horror fan's wet dream made flesh. Images of them haunting country roads in search of victims or dashing through a cemetery in the late afternoon tattoo themselves into your psyche.

One sequence, where they brutally and bloodily ravage a "lucky" victim, is almost pornographic in its single-minded intensity and intention.

Sometimes titled VAMPYRES: DAUGHTERS OF DARKNESS, it has little in common with Harry Kumel's superb telling of the Elizabeth Bathory story and nothing in common with Hong Kong's gleefully vile sleazefest of the same name.

Harry Waxman's stylish cinematography is a major asset, as is James Clark's subtle score.

Stronger than any Hammer film.

Recommended highly for exotic tastes.

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