Malenka (Fangs of the Living Dead) (1973)
This low-budget Spanish-Italian co-production was the handiwork of cult filmmaker Amando De Ossorio, best known for his series of Knights Templar zombie films which began with La Noche del Terror Ciego (1971). Faded '50s bombshell Anita Ekberg stars as Silvia, a young woman who travels to the family castle which she will soon inherit. When she arrives, she meets her uncle (Julian Ugarte), who gives her some rather disheartening news. Many years before, a nun named Malenka was burned as a witch in the town square and swore to return for revenge. Silvia looks just like Malenka, and the villagers are terrified that the witch's spirit has been reincarnated in her. Soon, villagers start dying, and Silvia is so sure that she is possessed that she breaks off her engagement, convinced that she is destined to kill her beloved (Gianni Medici). Naturally, as the title already gives away, the blood-drinking attacks are part of a plot by Ugarte to drive Silvia mad and steal her inheritance. ~ Robert Firsching, Rovi … More
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Fangs of the Living Dead (AKA Malenka, The Vampire's Niece) lives up to its corny title. Directed by Amando de Ossorio, the director of Tombs of the Blind Dead, isn't totally responsible for its lack of quality. Apparently the studio had additional sequences filmed that destroyed the plot of the film. It apparently makes much more sense in the longer uncut version, which I haven't seen just yet. What it winds up being here is a very silly vampire tale with terrible acting and a plot that is ultimately is confusing and makes no sense. There's also attempts at comic relief which just sticks out like a sore thumb. Inevitably, there's nothing rewarding or memorable about the film, but it's a good exercise in seeing a poorly constructed film.More
Now I got this one out of the Dollar Bin, in a little flimsy cover, its one of the best Early Vampire films I have seen, its kind of Comical in parts. You can find it in most places under $5.00 so add it to your collection.More
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