Lust of the Vampire
- 1h 22m
A mad scientist captures young women and drains their blood in order to keep an ancient, evil duchess alive.A mad scientist captures young women and drains their blood in order to keep an ancient, evil duchess alive.A mad scientist captures young women and drains their blood in order to keep an ancient, evil duchess alive.
- Professor Julien du Grandas Professor Julien du Grand
- (as Antoine Balpetré de la Comédie Française)
The sudden "twist" halfway through the story is typically Gothic, but that's just an extra reason for the fans to love it even more. Especially praiseworthy is the enormous amount of intrigue, tension and morbidity featuring in the screenplay. Many gimmicks in "I Vampiri" are dared and definitely ahead of their time, but also very credible at the same time (the manipulation of a weak junkie, the extraordinary vain lifestyle of the duchess...). This actually is a very low-budgeted production but Mario Bava terrifically camouflages this with his elegant filming-style and skilled knowledge of lighting. The acting of the entire cast is far above average and especially Gianna Maria Canala (spouse of director Riccardo Freda) makes a big impression. The amount of gore is secondary to the atmosphere, of course, but still there are a couple of uniquely grim images of decomposing corpses to 'enjoy'. I am aware that some critics bash this film for it's supposable 'lack of vampire-action', but it's their stupid loss that they're unable to see the marvelous Gothic influences. "I Vampiri" is a great film that urgently requires more recognition.
- Jun 11, 2005