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Vampyres
Directed by José Ramón Larraz
Produced by Brian Smedley-Aston
Written by D. Daubeney
Thomas Owen
Starring Anulka
Marianne Morris
Murray Brown
Music by James Clark
Cinematography Harry Waxman
Editing by Geoff R. Brown
Distributed by Cambist Films (USA, theatrical)
Cinépix Film Properties Inc. (Canada, theatrical)
Release date(s) 1974
Running time 87 min
Country United Kingdom UK
Language English

Vampyres (1974) is an erotic and bloody lesbian vampire film directed by Spanish film director José Ramón Larraz on location in England.

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Plot

A glamorous, and frequently nude, lesbian vampire duo named Fran (Marianne Morris) and Miriam (Anulka) waylay various unsuspecting travellers, of both sexes, to their Gothic mansion, in order to satisfy their insatiable thirst for blood.

Tagline

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

Cast

Production notes

Effective use is made of erstwhile Hammer horror set Oakley Court. Eroticism and graphic violence are interspersed with poetic dream-like sequences, as when Fran and Miriam, after showering away the blood from their latest victim, flee to a nearby cemetery (Denham churchyard) at break of dawn.

Anulka had been Playboy's Miss May 1973, whilst Marianne Morris appeared naked in the October 1976 edition of British men's magazine Mayfair.

Critical reception

This low budget exploitation film has become something of a cult film classic.

A novelisation was published in 2001 by Tim Greaves, a fan of the film.[1]

Release

Though initially heavily censored in the UK, it is now available uncut on DVD, the uncut Blu-Ray will released on 30 March 2010, include commentary with director José Ramón Larraz and Producer Brian Smedley-Aston, Interviews with Stars Marianne Morris and Anulka, the international trailer, and the U.S. trailer.[2]

Alternative titles

  • Blood Hunger
  • Daughters of Dracula (USA)
  • Satan's Daughters
  • Vampyres, Daughters of Dracula
  • Vampyres: Daughters of Darkness (USA)

References

  • Rigby, J. (2000) English Gothic: a century of horror cinema. London: Reynolds and Hearn Ltd.

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