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The Bloodsucker Leads the Dance (1975)

La sanguisuga conduce la danza (original title)
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Gothic lesbians prowl the corridors of a miserable little castle in Italy and fall prey to a deranged count with resplendent canine gnashers, a ghostly white complexion and the personality of Atilla the Hun.

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Femi Benussi ...
Sybil
Giacomo Rossi Stuart ...
Count Richard Marnack (as Giacomo Rossi-Stuart)
Krista Nell ...
Cora
Patrizia Webley ...
Evelyn (as Patrizia De Rossi)
Luciano Pigozzi ...
Gregory
Mario De Rosa ...
Jeffrey - the butler
Barbara Marzano ...
Mary, the maid
Marzia Damon ...
Rosalind (as Caterina Chiani)
Lidia Olizzi ...
Penny
Susette Nadalutti
Pier Paola Succi
Leo Valeriano ...
Samuel
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Gothic lesbians prowl the corridors of a miserable little castle in Italy and fall prey to a deranged count with resplendent canine gnashers, a ghostly white complexion and the personality of Atilla the Hun.

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Fans of giallo will find something of value in this film
3 May 2002 | by (Newark, NJ) – See all my reviews

The packaging for this film is quite misleading, which may account for all the ill will towards it: first the title itself implies this is a vampire movie (it's not) and the cover picture shows an actress (Krista Nell?) with a vaguely Bride-of-Frankenstein-esque hairstyle, which also gives a misleading impression of the subject of this film. And it must be acknowledged at the outset that "Bloodsucker Leads the Dance" is a trifle, more of an excuse to get its actresses naked than a serious attempt at filmmaking.

That said, however, I don't think the film is entirely without redeeming characteristics, especially for fans of giallo (Italian thrillers), the major characteristics of which this film displays in its plot (a murderer with supernatural overtones is stalking a bevy of sexy houseguests at the remote country mansion of a count) and its gothic setting. If you take it for what it is (a flimsy giallo made on a shoestring budget) and not high art, you notice a few fun things about this production while viewing it: a cool soundtrack, nice costumes and sets, a perverse view of human nature and of course lots of female skin. It can be a fun movie to watch if you approach it in the right spirit. Probably not for those not already "hooked" on giallo, though.


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