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Vampyres (1974)

R | | Horror | January 1975 (USA)
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A lesbian vampire couple waylay and abduct various passers-by, 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 ... 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>

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Taglines:

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

Genres:

Horror

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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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

Larraz wrote the screenplay in five days. See more »

Alternate Versions

The original UK cinema version was heavily cut by around 3 minutes by the BBFC and the 1989 video was pre-cut but lost a further 26 secs with edits to a lesbian shower scene, sexual thrusting during the sex scene between Fran & John, the stabbing of Rupert, blood being licked from John's arm wound, closeups of Fran & Miriam's naked bloody bodies in the pre-credit scene, and the stripping and stabbing of Harriet in the cellar. The cuts were fully waived for the 2003 UK Anchor Bay DVD. See more »

Connections

Featured in Eurotika!: From Barcelona... to Tunbridge Wells (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

The Vampires' Lair
Written by James Kenelm Clarke (as James Clarke)
Performed by James Clarke Orchestra
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Darkness: The Vampyre Version
12 January 2009 | by TromafreakSee all my reviews

Murder, mystery, and a soft-core vampire lesbian scene, all in the first sixty seconds. Alright, I'm just going to say it right here and now, I'm giving this one a ten. Our story begins in a dark, eerie castle in England. Inside, two hot ladies are loving on each other, the party is soon spoiled, by a mysterious figure, who shoots them dead. Now, after the title, we get the idea that it's years later, and for whatever reason, the hot ladies, Fran and Miriam, are now hot vampyres, hot vampyres who hitch rides on the side of the country road, only to lure their victims back to their lair, in the castle, to be loved on, and of course, to be drained of all blood. We got sex scenes, bloody, erotic killings, Pleasant, country scenery, and some more sex scenes, I do believe this is my all-time favorite British Horror film. Vampyres is amazing on many different levels. Our two leading ladies, are portrayed brilliantly by Marianne Morris and Anulka Dziubinska, and the subtle score is positively haunting. In this film, the atmosphere rules, it really feels like you're witnessing a dream, at least on VHS it does, not so much on DVD. That roaring sound, along with the overcast sky is just captivating. Yet another fine example of a low-budget adding to the horror vibe. One of the many problems with todays horror is that they lay everything out for you, leaving nothing for the imagination, that is not the case with Vampyres, if anything, they leave out too much, several occurrences are never explained at all, which, would probably irritate most, but if looked at it the right way, should just keep you on your toes. Ultimately, Vampyres is just beautiful, grim horror for true fans of the genre, which also happens to include some really decent sex scenes. Especially recommended to those who prefer their horror dark and hot. Jess Franco never did anything half this good. 10/10


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