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Vampira: The Movie (2006)

The new documentary by Kevin Sean Michaels VAMPIRA: THE MOVIE chronicles the life of Maila Nurmi, the first horror host. In 1954 her big break came when she played the "glamour ghoul" ... See full synopsis »
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Cast

Credited cast:
David J. Skal ... Himself
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Forrest J. Ackerman ... Himself
Zack Beseda Zack Beseda ... Tom Mason
Jami Deadly Jami Deadly ... Herself
Deborah Dutch ... Herself
Kevin Eastman ... Himself
Danielle Gelehrter Danielle Gelehrter ... Penny Dreadful
Sid Haig ... Himself
Lloyd Kaufman ... Himself
Bryan Mathew Kelly Bryan Mathew Kelly ... The Amazing Criswell
Smokey Miles ... Himself (as Count Smokula)
Bill Moseley ... Himself
Matthew Muhl Matthew Muhl ... Ed Wood
Maila Nurmi ... Herself (as Vampira)
Jerry Only Jerry Only ... Himself
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The new documentary by Kevin Sean Michaels VAMPIRA: THE MOVIE chronicles the life of Maila Nurmi, the first horror host. In 1954 her big break came when she played the "glamour ghoul" Vampira, who weekly wandered through a hallway of mist and cobwebs to greet her weekly viewers of obscure horror movies on a new medium called television. Her newfound fame led her to pal around with some of Hollywood's elite: Marlon Brando, James Dean and Anthony Perkins. But Vampira's show was abruptly cancelled. Two years later, in 1956, Nurmi appeared as Vampira again in the 1956 low-budget horror / sci-fi film, Plan 9 From Outer Space, directed by Edward D Wood Jr. (dubbed the worst film of all time). But you can't keep a good vampire down and Nurmi's character rose from the dead again in 1993's Ed Wood, directed by Tim Burton and starring Johnny Depp. The movie renewed interest in her and she has achieved a Bettie Page-like cult status ever since.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 October 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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$10,000 (estimated)
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VAMP Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Vampira
Written by Smokey Miles (as Count Smokula)
Performed by Smokey Miles (as Count Smokula)
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Really mediocre.
12 August 2013 | by Spanking MachineSee all my reviews

I just finished watching this so called documentary. It looked very promising in the beginning. You see names such as Jerry Only and Sid Haig in the opening credits, then it quickly falls short as it unravels in this assemblage of flat and dull interviews that looked like they were randomly put together but had no connection to anything whatsoever.

I've seen several interviews with Vampira & it's easy to tell Maila was not even looking her best in here. She even looks annoyed at some point. However considering the content of her stories & the way she told them I think it's safe to say the director had plenty of material he could have worked with. but he didn't.

The music is distasteful & awful to say the least. Basically all you listen to, soundtrack wise, is a techno like music left in repetition mode in the background. very irritating.

I've seen another documentary on Vampira called 'Vampira, about Sex, Death and Taxes' & the director of that one managed to create a much more entertaining and touching movie with only one beta camera. You don't really all that technology if you are creative. so just one word, creativity. something Kevin Sean Michaels doesn't seem to have.

I was going to watch another documentary that this person did on Ingrid Pitt, but now I don't think I'll ever watch it.


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