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Female Vampire (1973)

La comtesse noire (original title)
Not Rated | | Horror | 10 April 1973 (France)
A beautiful female vampire lures men to their doom.

Director:

Jesús Franco (as J.P. Johnson)

Writers:

Jesús Franco (as J.P. Johnson), Josyane Gibert (dialogue) (as P. Belair)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Lina Romay ... Countess Irina Karlstein
Jack Taylor ... Baron Von Rathony
Alice Arno ... Princess de Rochefort's Servant
Monica Swinn ... Princess de Rochefort (as Monica Swin)
Jesús Franco ... Dr. Roberts (as Jess Franck)
Luis Barboo ... Irina's Manservant
Jean-Pierre Bouyxou Jean-Pierre Bouyxou ... Dr. Orloff
Raymond Hardy Raymond Hardy ... Hotel Masseur
Anna Watican Anna Watican ... Anna, a journalist
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Storyline

In the Madeira Island, the mute Countess Irina Karlstein is the last descendant of the evil Karlstein vampire family. She lives with her also mute servant and seems to be nymphomaniac, seeking for sex most of the time without satisfaction. Irina likes oral sex with men and women to suck off not only semen, but apparently also blood, killing her male and female lovers. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Maailman Kuulu Shokki!

Genres:

Horror

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

France | Belgium

Language:

French

Release Date:

10 April 1973 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Erotic Kill See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Eurociné,Général Films See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (unrated)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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In the opening shot, Lina Romay literally walks into the camera, bumping her face on the lens. See more »

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Countess Irina Karlstein: [voiceover] I earnestly wish an end would come to this bloody race I am forced to run.
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Tedious soft-core porn from one of cinema's biggest con artists.

People will tell you all kinds of things about Jesus Franco. He's made about five billion films over the past five decades so he must be doing something right, right? Wrong! Nearly every single film I have seen of his reeks of Eurotrash amateurism. Even more depressingly, the man does not seem interested in making anything other than tedious soft-core porn with wafer thin plot lines that pretentious people like to claim is art because he'll throw in a shot of a mountain or the ocean every once in awhile. I guess some people just need to find an excuse to justify the fact they like watching porn, as if something like this somehow brings T&A flicks to a more respectable level. Unfortunately for Jess, many films from the same decade literally crush his lame efforts when it comes to style, plot, direction, acting and eroticism. "Les Avaleuses" or one of its five hundred different titles is nothing more than dull trash with neither the talent or imagination to make it worthy of note. Franco also is rather obnoxious any time you see him interviewed. He has an inflated sense of his own importance, which in the film-making world is almost nonexistent. On several occasions, I've even seen him insult far more talented directors whose ideas he in turn blatantly steals. I've often wondered if this man is obnoxious, clueless or just senile. It's hard to tell but one thing he is not is a good film director.

I hate even referring to this as a film. There is almost no plot and from a technical standpoint it is inept. Things going out of focus all the time is not art, it's laziness and incompetence on the part of someone more interested in zooming in on unkempt crotches than making a decent erotic vampire film. What storyline there is is basically gratuitous nude shots of Franco's wife Lina Romay repeated over and over again. Though a fairly attractive woman, once you've seen a few of these films you're already bored seeing her naked. She's not a very good actress either. She brings nothing to the film or her role other than what God gave her, some of which could use a good trimming. The others nude actresses on display here aren't especially attractive either. Unless you are an obsessive fan of this director (believe it or not, he does have fans) or can't get your hands on more explicit adult material, I wouldn't waste my time viewing this.


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