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Vampyres (1974)

R | | Horror | January 1975 (USA)
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A lesbian vampire couple waylay and abduct various passer-byes, both male and female, to hold them captive at their rural manor in the English countryside in order to kill and feed on them to satisfy their insatiable thirst for blood.

Director:

José Ramón Larraz (as Joseph Larraz)

Writer:

Diana Daubeney (screenplay) (as D. Daubeney)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Marianne Morris ... Fran
Anulka Dziubinska ... Miriam (as Anulka)
Murray Brown ... Ted
Brian Deacon ... John
Sally Faulkner Sally Faulkner ... Harriet
Michael Byrne ... Playboy
Karl Lanchbury Karl Lanchbury ... Rupert
Margaret Heald Margaret Heald ... Receptionist
Douglas Jones Douglas Jones ... Manager
Gerald Case Gerald Case ... Estate Agent
Bessie Love ... American Lady
Elliott Sullivan Elliott Sullivan ... American Man
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Storyline

Fran and Miriam are a pair of beautiful vampires who get victims to pull over by hitchhiking. They proceed to bring them back to their house and drink their blood. Written by Josh Pasnak <chainsaw@intouch.bc.ca>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

They shared the pleasures of the flesh, and the horrors of the grave!

Genres:

Horror

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

UK | Spain

Language:

English

Release Date:

January 1975 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Vampyres: Daughters of Darkness See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Essay Films, Lurco Films See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (heavily cut) | (R-rated)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The house is Oakley Court, used for exteriors in several Hammer films, and for The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975). It was later turned into a luxury hotel. See more »

Alternate Versions

The following are the 5 shots which were cut from the Anchor Bay release:
  • A shot of John's hands covered in blood as Fran and Miriam attack him in his car, and Fran pulling his head back and biting his neck.
  • A close-up of Fran, her mouth dripping with blood, as they continue to hold John down, then a view from the front of car as John's head is rocked from side to side, his neck now covered in blood. The camera then pans around to the side window of car and zooms in as the vampires feed.
  • A shot of Miriam holding Harriet's hands behind her back, lifting her head up as Fran approaches with a knife.
  • A further shot of Harriet screaming hysterically as she is held crouched on the ground.
  • A shot where the camera zooms in on Harriet's face, her mouth dripping with blood, before Fran swings the knife at her.
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Spin-off Return of the Vampyres (2003) See more »

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Written by James Kenelm Clarke (as James Clarke)
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A 1970s erotic vampire classic. If you enjoy Jess Franco and Jean Rollin you will LOVE it!
9 November 2003 | by InfofreakSee all my reviews

If you like 1970s erotic vampire movies then you will LOVE Jose Larraz's 'Vampyres'! It's as good as the best Jess Franco or Jean Rollin movies in this genre. It's very low budget (on the DVD commentary track producer Brian Smedley-Aston claims it was only around 80,000 pounds, and he should know, he mortgaged his house to pay for it when the financing fell through!), but looks great, especially the new print on the disc I watched. Like Franco and Rollin Larraz isn't all that interested in plot as such, more atmosphere and eroticism, and this movie has it in spades. The gorgeous Marianne Morris (brunette) and Anulka (blonde) play a couple of very hot vampires who between seducing men and draining their blood, share a passionate relationship. There's plenty of nudity, especially from the stunning Morris, and some very erotic scenes, though Larraz was constrained by the British censorship of the day. There's also quite a lot of blood, and the sex/violence combo makes it quite special. The DVD commentary is highly recommended, even if you're familiar with the movie. Larraz's English is shaky but he is absolutely hilarious! After commenting that the version of the movie he owns is heavily cut ("the Vatican version" he jokingly calls it) he gasps with glee at some of the racier scenes, and gets particularly animated when Anulka's pubes are briefly seen on screen. I'm very glad he enjoys his own movie as much as I did. 'The Vampire Lovers', 'Fascination', 'Vampyros Lesbos' are all outstanding examples of 1970s vampire sexploitation. Add 'Vampyres' to that list!


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