Vampyros Lesbos (1971)
Director: Jesus Franco
Main Stars: Soledad Miranda, Dennis Price, Paul Muller, Ewa Stromberg
Storyline: A tale a young woman and her interest in the countess of seduction.
Review (Spoils): Linda (Ewa Stromberg ) has erotic dreams with about a strange woman so her doctor suggests her to start to explore this. She gets an estate run by Countess Nadine Oskudar (Soledad Miranda) which just so happens to be owned at one time by Count Dracula. The countess then attacks Linda and since that moment she starts to be treated for being insane. So the ex boyfriend of Linda and some vampire experts head out to put an end to the Countess.
This film is basically some weird dreams, some sexual lesbian erotic stuff and limited neck biting of red goop on blood. Nothing over the top gory or nothing shocking except maybe the display of art in the film. The plot line is pretty basic and nothing is really over the top entertaining. We have the beautiful Soledad Miranda parading around in stocking and dancing and biting necks.
Rating: This movie actually can be pretty boring and I even have the uncut version. I’m not sure why but I was expecting a lot more out of this film. I’m giving this a low rating as it is not recommending for everyone but it will get basic stars because we have Soledad Miranda roaming around in sexy stocking through the film and that is worth something.
Director: George A. Romero
Main Stars: John Amplas, Lincoln Maazel, Christine Forrest, Tom Savini, Elyane Nadeau
Storyline: A young man believes that he is an actual vampire and tries to deal with the cravings.
Review (Spoils): Martin (John Ampla) is a messed up young man who drugs women, has sex with them and then drinks their blood by using a razor blade to cut them open. He believes that he is actual a vampire and needs to drink blood to survive. Martin gets taken in by a long lost uncle named Tata Cuda (Lincoln Maazel) who believes him and can save his soul. But at the same time Tata has a young girl named Christina (Christine Forrest) living with them and has told her to stay away from him. Of course Christina and Martin build a connection as the young man battles the inner demon of possibly being a vampire or just one messed up kid.
This film is very straight forward and an interesting take on vampires or possibly someone who thinks they are. We have some character build in the film and even some nasty scenes that can be unsettling. Razor blades, unsettling sex scenes, blood, some beatings and the final scene of movie. We have a strong script and the tale is dark and it reminds me a bit of such films as Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer.
Rating: This is not your average vampire film at all because you do not know if he ever really was one or just a mad killer. George A. Romero took what he did for zombies and made a classic vampire film. I personally think is this is a must see for any kind of horror fan as it screams as an unknown dark classic.
Check this one out!
Filed under Slasher, Vampire
Director: John Carpenter
Main Stars: James Woods, Daniel Baldwin, Sheryl Lee, Ian Griffon
Storyline: The church has hired some vampire hunters to take out the undead before they get hold of an ancient Catholic relic.
Review (Spoils): The church have known about vampires existing for some time and when they find out that a group are trying to get hold of an ancient Catholic relic of a crucifix they hire vampire hunter Jack Crow (James Woods).
First off meet the odd, hateful but lovable vampire hunter Jack Crow. He hates everything and that includes vampires. James Woods did an awesome job playing and building this character up in this film (come on everyone loves James Woods). Even the side kick of the hunter Montoya played by Daniel Baldwin is well done. But the one person that does stand out for me in this film is the hooker played by the beautiful Sheryl Lee, she stalks the screen.
We have the good vs the bad (the vampires themselves); we have a solid sound track, lots of blood, gore, and the vampire master Valek and exploding vampires as they die. The film has enough action and kills to keep you entertained.
Rating: Need something different when it comes to vampire films? Well this could be it. This film is dirty, not thick on plot and it is fast moving. The low down of the film is a vampire master who needs the relic so that someday they can walk during the daylight and over take the world. I have not been this excited about a vampire film in this era since Near Dark or The Lost Boys… and this one is right up there. Plus did a mention we have the beautiful Sheryl Lee?
Plan 9 from Outer Space (1959)
Director: Edward D.Wood Jr.
Main Stars: Gregory Walcott, Tom Keene, Mona McKinnon, Tor Johnso, Bela Lugosi, Maila Nurmi
Storyline: Aliens invade the world to create zombies and vampires to create the perfect world.
Review (Spoils): A man and his wife die within days of each other and get captured by aliens and bring them back to life. The aliens hope to stop mankind from creating a powerful bomb that could affect the whole universe. But to make matters worse we have a flying hubcap of a spaceship being spotted by people and they call the army for help!
Ok not sure where to start with this cult classic except that man this film is bad……………..real BAD. The acting and the writing is just put together last minute and does not make sense. We have scenes switching from day to night back to day in the same damn scene. We have some cheesy effects, cardboard acting and background and a never ending replay of Bela Lugosi scene shot (as he died during the making of the film). We have a sci-fi thriller that has no thrills but at the same time is not the worse piece on my screen.
Rating: Ok some good points of the film, don’t take it serious, the last film of Bela Lugosi, we love Tor Johnson, we have Vampiria and it is suppose to be horrible. The bad points of this film, the storyline is weak and after eight attempts you would think to give up? A cult classic and a Ed Wood classic, it’s a film you need to see just to say that you did.
Filed under Vampire, Zombie
Director: Carl Theodor Dreyer
Main Stars: Julian West, Maurice Schutz, Rena Mandel
Storyline: A man who is interested in the supernatural comes across a ill woman in a inn who is slowly becoming undead.
Review (Spoils): Allan Gray gets lured into an old inn (he is interested in the supernatural) where an older man and his two daughter live. Through the passage of an old book detailed on vampires and the sickness of one of the daughters it happens that she is actually been bit by the undead. We have betray and a bottle of poison which could be a setup or to actual but the young woman out of her misery.
The story can be a bit confusing as the film was originally shot as a silent film but audio was jammed into it making it not as beautiful as it could have been. Julian West is awesome and the highlight of the film as the film like others of its time is focusing on scenery and mood. The over expressions can be a bit over played but the film overall is a classic and a work of art.
Rating: We have a classic gothic film that is a sheer classic for horror. Yes it has some glitches like stated above the storyline can be a bit confusing but the visual of it is worth the watch. The dark eeriness is there…..
Dracula Has Risen from the Grave (1968)
Director: Freddie Francis
Main Stars: Christopher Lee, Rupert Davies, Veronica Carlson, Barbara Ewing
Storyline: After the castle being blessed Dracula comes back from the dead to seek revenge by possessing the priest’s niece as his lover.
Review (Spoils): Dracula (Christopher Lee) is back and his return is well memorable as he the blood touches his lips and red shot eyes awaken. Once again this Hammer Film has brought classic gothic like scenery and as well the bosomed beauties the films are known for. The film isn’t just a film on Dracula but also a struggle in faith and loyalty.
We have battles with priests and the vampire himself, the beauty of Veronica Carlson, classic Dracula from Christopher Lee, brighter then the sun red blood, nasty bit marks, drinking games, blood red eyes and the sassy barmaid Barbara Ewing. Christopher Lee blows the screen away yet again playing the role as the prince of darkness and this might be one of the better ones of the Dracula series from Hammer.
Rating: This is one of the best of the Dracula films and even from Hammer itself. We have the delights of the two young actresses and we have a fun tale of an innocent woman and not so innocent man. We have some interesting plots and conversations such as the dinner where the young states he is an atheist to the priest. This film is quite enjoyable and the time does fly when watching this film. Defiantly a nice sequel to The Horror of Dracula, well worth the drinks.
The Last Man on Earth (1964)
Director: Ubaldo Ragona
Main Stars: Vincent Price, Franca Bettoia, Emma Danieli, Christi Courtland
Storyline: A disease wipes humanity off of Earth into vampires and one man tries to survive alone.
Review (Spoils): A plague kills of most of the people on Earth and leaves their bodies as walking vampires. Dr. Robert Morgan (Vincent Price) is alone as he sits and reflects on his past life, surviving on what is left on the planet and killing off the undead. While narrating to himself he tries to not lose his mind in his own thoughts and sorrow. Even the undead taunt him to join them in their unholy horde.
We have some good vampire slaying, lots of flashbacks of when he had a normal life, the long torment of looking for anyone else out there, some staking, misunderstandings and shootings. This tale falls under The Night of the Living Dead feel but this time vampires.
Rating: I found Vincent Price outstanding in this film. He talks his way through the film with how the plague is seen in his view and the torture and pain it has caused to himself and his family. It pulls on he has finally found what he has been looking for on companionship but then it spits it right back in his face the torment. A vampire film unlike the others in the past. One scene that I still laugh to myself is the”cut the cake mommy” scene. This film is a horror classic.