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The Velvet Vampire (1971)

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Sleepy-eyed nice guy Lee Ritter and his vapid, but pretty wife, Susan accept the invitation of mysterious vixen Diane LeFanu to visit her in her secluded desert estate. Tensions arise when ... See full summary »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Michael Blodgett ... Lee Ritter
Sherry E. DeBoer ... Susan Ritter (as Sherry Miles)
Celeste Yarnall ... Diane LeFanu
Gene Shane Gene Shane ... Carl Stoker
Jerry Daniels Jerry Daniels ... Juan
Sandy Ward ... Amos
Paul Prokop Paul Prokop ... Cliff
Chris Woodley Chris Woodley ... Cliff's girl
Robert Tessier ... Biker (as Bob Tessier)
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Sleepy-eyed nice guy Lee Ritter and his vapid, but pretty wife, Susan accept the invitation of mysterious vixen Diane LeFanu to visit her in her secluded desert estate. Tensions arise when the couple, unaware at first that Diane is in reality a centuries-old vampire, realize that they are both objects of the pale temptress' seductions. Written by Doug Sederberg <vornoff@sonic.net>

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She's waiting to love you...to death! Climax after climax of terror and desire...where the living change places with the dead. See more »

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Horror

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R | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA | Philippines

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 February 1980 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

Through the Looking Glass See more »

Filming Locations:

Joshua Tree, California, USA See more »

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New World Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Celeste Yarnall did her own make-up. Moreover, Yarnall wore her own sweater and bell bottom pants in the mine shaft sequence. See more »


Soundtracks

Evil Hearted Woman
Written by Johnny Shines (as Johny Shines)
Performed by Johnny Shines (as Johny Shines)
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Really dull seventies 'vampire' flick
8 June 2009 | by The_VoidSee all my reviews

The Velvet Vampire really could have been a good film; the plot is there, but the execution is really bad and serves only in making the film really boring for most of the duration. Things pick up a little for the final twenty minutes; but by then it's far too late. The film focuses on a young couple, Lee and Susan, who meet an older woman named Diane and agree to spend a few days with her at her place. However, Diane turns out to be more than what she initially seems when she at first tries to start an affair with both people; and eventually reveals herself as a vampire. The film really features very little vampire action, and it's a travesty that the word was featured in the title. The main bulk of the film concerns the interaction between the three central characters, and we end up with a sort of love triangle; although this is very dull indeed and most of it feels like padding - in particular the supposed-to-be trippy dream sequences that go nowhere. As previously mentioned, things do pick up a little in the final third when it is finally revealed that Diane is a vampire and what follows is really rather good; but not good enough to save the entire film. The Velvet Vampire is a rare film, and I'm confident that it will stay that way as there's no good reason to track this one down.


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