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Super Reviewer
½ November 27, 2011
Absolutely terrible film that is a B-movie in every sense, possibly lower. Everything in this film is hilariously bad, the acting (if you can call it that) is virtually pantomime. Soto as Vampirella doesn't even look the part clad in her watered down costume that clearly was made not to be as raunchy as the comicbook and doesn't even fit right!

Daltrey hams it up perfectly but the problem is you can tell he is actually trying! The ham is high but its merely bad performances from people who clearly act in fluff on a regular basis, hell its so lame even the actors can't talk properly with their vamp fangs in hehe.

Effects you say? what effects, there are no real effects here in any sense, what there is is so poor I won't even bother to comment. Not even the makeup looks good. In fact its fair to say that a lot of the film looks like its been made by fanboys on a very limited budget (in which case it would be OK), or you could say it looks like some kids halloween home movie. Watching Daltrey run around with his Walmart cape on, flapping it around with his god awful eye shadow and lipstick is quite a treat really.

This really is bottom of the barrel stuff, not too far off a modern 'Ed Wood' feature really. Watch for laughs only and keep an eye out for a surprise cameo by John Landis for some reason, why John why??.
Super Reviewer
January 27, 2007
D-readful comic book adaptation. Vampirella is sadly very much a movie of its time, cementing the silly vampire movies of the 90s, all shlock and nonsense with plenty of wizz-bang. With the exception that this is so low-budget, there's not even much wizz-bang.
The only 'name' actor is Talisa Soto, best known for the Mortal Kombat movies, which is warning enough. Not only is her performance hammy as all-get-out, but she has to wear a comically skimpy red outfit for the duration, which looks like it was grabbed from a fetish shop for small change. The rest of the acting's crap, too, but the sets and special effects are the real stars of the show; the 'outer space' scenes were apparently shot in a shopping mall! There's more than one silly chase sequence in which to 'enjoy' the locales to boot.
Respect must be given to its influence (van Helsing line ~ Dracula 2000; sun-gun ~ Underworld), and in the third act Vampirella is given a neat ultimatum to accept the vice she tries so often to be above.
But the rest is dire, with special kudos to Daltry as the most unthreatening vamp ever, who ends up killed by coincidence!!
August 28, 2012
Largely boring and never as sexy as it should be, this Jim Wynorski directed turkey manages to make Roger Daltrey as a scenery chewing vamp still feel kinda blah.

Pass, unless you're a completist or glutton from punishment.
½ October 16, 2006
How do movies like this even get made? I would call it a cheapie...but I guess they had to pay roger Daltry SOMETHING to be in this. Dont quit your day job, Roger!
September 6, 2014
Talisa Soto is great in the title role, with Roger Daltrey hamming it up as Vlad. Bonus points for cameos by Forry Ackerman and John Landis. Gerry Gerani's script sets up for a sequel that never happened. A guilty pleasure.
July 11, 2010
when Roger Daltrey is your best actor you are in trouble. He is having a campy good time. The rest of the cast seems dazed and confused. Just a very odd (and not very good) movie.
½ January 31, 2013
After the notorious despot Vlad destroys her father along with the rest of the supreme council on their home planet Drakulon, Ella takes off across the stars to a small planet called Earth, where Vlad intends to enslave the inhabitants as a source of sustenance for his dark legions. With her powers amplified, Ella aims to put an end to Vlad before he can complete his sinister plan. Forrest J Ackerman's sexy heroine comes to life in the Roger Corman production of VAMPIRELLA, but a cheesy, low-budget one, at that. Years before the major studios were tossing millions of dollars at most comic book franchises, the independents managed to squeeze out a few schlocky entries of their own, including Full Moon's DOCTOR MORDRID (taken from a screen adaptation of the Doctor Strange comics), the shelved version of Corman's own FANTASTIC FOUR, and VAMPIRELLA. It is tough to say which is worse in this case, between the poorly choreographed action sequences, the ridiculous overacting, or the narrow-minded plot. If director Jim Wynorski's resume speaks towards anything, it is his tendency to gravitate towards cheap, hastily-made exploitation films, and this is certainly no exception. When she isn't speaking, fashion model Talisa Soto looks fine enough in costume, although the design is far less flattering than one might hope. A discussion into the differences between the comics and the film would be fruitless given the liberal use of the character, so suffice it to say that VAMPIRELLA is nothing more than B-movie fodder that can easily be avoided.
September 22, 2012
This film offers nothing but Talisa Soto in skin tight latex.
½ July 16, 2011
This movie is extremely disappointing. Very poor acting from Talisa Soto and also the character is not for her. I knew before watching the movie that it was bad, but I never imagined that it sucked that much.
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