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Vampyres -- This English-made horror thriller is the story of two female vampires who hitchhike along a deserted highway in the English countryside, luring unsuspecting drivers to their gothic mansion for a night of passion.
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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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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These girls crave more than just a good time! See more (65 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
Peter Biddle .... clapper loader (uncredited)
 
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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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:
The house is Oakley Court, used for exteriors in several Hammer films, and for The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975). It was later turned into a luxury hotel.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Stephen King's World of Horror (1986) (TV)See more »

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8 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
These girls crave more than just a good time!, 23 March 2006
Author: lost-in-limbo from the Mad Hatter's tea party.

Some unknown intruder shoots two beautiful lesbian lovers dead one night, but they aren't dead for long, as they've returned as vampires. Where they roam the vacant countryside and lure passing motorists in giving them a lift back to their pad, where they tempt their victims with their beauty and passionately sexual advances that turn into uncontrollable lust for blood. While, this is occurring a couple is camping on the grounds and the young lady suspects that there's something strange is going, but her partner believes it's none of their business.

Ooh-la-la! It would be one almighty task to resist these vivid beauties. Though, I'll be damn if you can make any sense of what just happen here. 'Vampyres' might not make a lick of sense, but that doesn't stop it from being one intriguingly, titillating horror flick. What we see is basically - sex, nudity, more nudity, blood splatter, wild sex, even more gratuitous nudity, blood soaked goodness… I think you catch my drift. With it being infested with those traits, some might call it sleazy exploitation, but I found the sexual hunger of the two girls were rather tastefully done and the constant erotic activity between the pair and their victims fitted into the overall mood that director José Ramon Larraz was trying to achieve in this profile on obsessive sexual power. There's no doubt that it's a simple-minded Gothic piece that was filmed with a rather miniature budget, but noway does any of that hamper the elegant looking production. The straightforward plot and casually vague script offers no sort of any explanation to what's really going on here and there are many things that are brought up in the dialogues, never to be mentioned about again. Which could be frustrating for sure, but saying that the film has a trance like state that you could easily forgive it for those slip ups because it's hard to resist this picturesque dream (or nightmare). Yep, the downbeat atmosphere is laid on broadly with a luscious-looking countryside that paints an unwary tone and the exterior of the rundown mansion has a chillingly grandeur appearance.

While, there might not be much in the way of plot and some scenes don't entirely tie together, but gladly clichés or predictably don't have a big say in where this film heads. Yep that's right, it steers clear away from traditional vampire customs you see in other horror tales. Vampires are seen as sexual predators with the seductive suggestiveness and allegories usually associated with these mythological creatures, but here that's replaced with a relentlessly raw pleasure within the girls' raunchy acts of desire, flesh and lust. Where the ghastly violence and steamy sex become one ultimate fulfilment. When they dine on their victims it isn't graceful, but rather messy and immensely rough in nature. Those moments really take you by force on how unsparingly, intense these blood feasts really are. When they're in that mindset their sexual intentions becomes unstably feral and film's climax provides that terrifyingly unpleasant manner superbly. Larraz's isn't particularly trying to scare you or clutter the film with action, but to sprinkle an unnerving anxiety that's sustained by its underlying eeriness and sexually charged tension of the situation these innocent victims have got themselves into. Since the dialogue was rather sparse too there were many silent moments that helped create such increasing alienation with its sweepingly, strained sound effects.

The production might've been cheap, but the well-mounted cinematography was professionally crafted in capturing the booming surroundings with such memorable images and the tantalizing (if sometimes funky) score builds an alarming cloud of mystery where you can sense something is not right. The film's pacing is laid-back with many slow stretches and repetitive occurrences breaking through, but I never found it a dull viewing because of it. The performances were good all round, though nothing hugely spectacular because the characters aren't reasonably well defined and therefore there's a lack of emotional involvement towards them. Marianne Morris and Anulka Dziubinska play the two bombshell vampires Fran and Miriam who are voluptuously delightful in presence and they provoke a mysterious awe that's seamlessly hangs off the story. Then you got the victims, which were played by Murray Brown, Brian Deacon and Sally Faulkner. The latter two play the young couple that sometimes feel like after-thought within the story.

Maybe the plot ponders about and the cheap foundation shows, but they worked around it neatly enough to create a compellingly, stunning erotica that will definitely feed your hunger.

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