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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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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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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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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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The screenplay is credited to Diana Daubeney, director José Ramón Larraz's wife Diana. According to Larraz and producer Brian Smedley-Aston, she didn't actually write a word of it. She was credited because, as a British citizen, she filled a UK production quota.See more »

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12 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Bosoms and bloodshed in appealing exploitation package, 4 March 2005
Author: Libretio

VAMPYRES

Aspect ratio: 1.85:1

Sound format: Mono

A motorist (Murray Brown) is lured to an isolated country house inhabited by two beautiful young women (Marianne Morris and Anulka) and becomes enmeshed in their free-spirited sexual lifestyle, but his hosts turn out to be vampires with a frenzied lust for human blood...

Taking its cue from the lesbian vampire cycle initiated by maverick director Jean Rollin in France, and consolidated by the success of Hammer's "Carmilla" series in the UK, Jose Ramon Larraz' daring shocker VAMPYRES pushed the concept of Adult Horror much further than British censors were prepared to tolerate in 1974, and his film was cut by almost three minutes on its original British release. It isn't difficult to see why! Using its Gothic theme as the pretext for as much nudity, sex and bloodshed as the film's short running time will allow, Larraz (who wrote the screenplay under the pseudonym 'D. Daubeney') uses these commercial elements as mere backdrop to a languid meditation on life, death and the impulses - sexual and otherwise - which affirm the human condition.

Shot on location at a picturesque country house during the Autumn of 1973, Harry Waxman's haunting cinematography conjures an atmosphere of grim foreboding, in which the desolate countryside - bleak and beautiful in equal measure - seems to foreshadow a whirlwind of impending horror (Larraz pulled a similar trick earlier the same year with SYMPTOMS, a low-key thriller which erupts into a frenzy of violence during the final reel). However, despite its pretensions, VAMPYRES' wafer-thin plot and rough-hewn production values will divide audiences from the outset, and while the two female protagonists are as charismatic and appealing as could be wished, the male lead (Brown, past his prime at the time of filming) is woefully miscast in a role that should have gone to some beautiful twentysomething stud. A must-see item for cult movie fans, an amusing curio for everyone else, VAMPYRES is an acquired taste. Watch out for silent era superstar Bessie Love in a brief cameo at the end of the movie.

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