A chic, good-looking and suitably 70's couple arrive at an extravagant and deserted seaside hotel after eloping. Stefan is wealthy and happily English, with a hidden streak of sadism, while Valarie is intelligent but of inferior (Swedish) blood. To keep her with him at the eerie hotel he lies consistantly about his relationship with his mother and his plans to tell her of their marriage. Meanwhile he has mysterious phone conversations with an older, dominant and pampered sissy. Two fresh guests arrive; the Hungarian countess, Elizabeth Bathory and her voluptuous protege, Ilona. Virgin corpses begin showing up about the city drained of their blood. A wary detective lurks around the hotel taunting his only suspect, the Countess.Written by
Italian censorship visa # 58789 delivered on 28 October 1971. See more »
When Ilona is lying on the bathroom floor, bikini marks are visible. Vampires are not supposed to have tan lines. See more »
Don't lie to yourself, you were pleased. It gave you pleasure. You actually enjoyed to see that dead girl's body.
And you enjoyed telling me.
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There is an alternate opening credits where singer Lainie Cooke (Not Delphine Seyrig as rumored) is singing over the main theme of the film. The title cards are all red and stay like that for the remainder of the credits. The font is also more formal and less bold in comparison to the other version that is shown on DVDs and Blu-rays. The title card also uses the American version of the title font with the cursive writing on top and the bold word, "Darkness" on the bottom. Before the movie opens up, there is also an "R" Rating Certificate shown by possibly the MPAA. However, there is no data showing that the MPAA has rated this film but CARA which is a smaller branch and is owned by the MPAA has given the film it's "R" rating. ("R" Rating Certificate #415) This alternate opening credits sequence is only available through the Canadian and the American VHS. But, the American VHS is titled as, "CHILDREN OF THE NIGHT," instead of "Daughters of Darkness." The screen also goes black a few seconds before the singer finishes her song since the credits have finished rolling. Instead of starting with the opening shot of a train coming towards the camera, the sound of a train suddenly comes out of nowhere right after the song ends as the screen is still black. See more »
I first saw this movie when I was 12 and it had a huge impact on my early artistic endeavors as a young man. I've seen it periodically over the years and can see what intrigued me about it so much. It's part Ingmar Bergman film and part bad vampire movie. There are some beautifully filmed scenes along with some awful dialogue. The brilliant Delphine Seyrig is superbly creepy. The other performances are only mediocre. The music is appropriately over the top; sometimes sinister, sometimes goofy- seventies movie. The new director's cut contains more sex and nudity, probably to avoid getting an x-rating at the time of release. It's definitely worth checking out if you've never seen it.
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