Vampyros Lesbos (Lesbian Vampires: The Heiress of Dracula) (1970)
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Director Jesus Franco's surrealistic reworking of Bram Stoker's short story "Dracula's Guest" has acquired a substantial cult following due to its hallucinatory erotic imagery and a sexy performance by Soledad Miranda as vampiric Princess Nadine Korody. Ewa Stroemberg stars as Linda Westinghouse, an American working in a Turkish legal firm. Lucy is plagued and thrilled by a series of erotic dreams concerning a mysterious vampire woman who seduces her before feeding on her blood. When she travels to an island to settle Princess Korody's inheritance, Lucy recognizes the beautiful woman as the vampire from her dreams. A poetic, arty horror film which begs comparison to the work of French director Jean Rollin and Spaniard Jose Larraz, Vampyros Lesbos is an ode to indulgent, funereal excess and is among the most peculiar, gripping films of Franco's career. Dennis Price and Paul Muller co-star, while Franco appears as a hotel porter. Various versions run 89, 82, and 78 minutes. … More
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Critic Reviews for Vampyros Lesbos (Lesbian Vampires: The Heiress of Dracula)
Extremely prolific and generally untalented, Jess Franco is the Spanish Ed Wood, albeit without Wood's gift for humorously inane dialogue.
Try to locate a narrative, and the whole thing dissolves; better to take the lead of Heidrum Kussin's buxom, straitjacketed Reinfeld, who emerges from the reverie bewildered and aroused.
Jess Franco's 1970 erotic horror has become a cult landmark in Eurotrash entertainment.
As filtered through the drug-bombed haze of Jesus Franco, this mixture of vampires and sun-drenched Riviera setting is nonsense from the get-go, but if you like a little soft gore with your soft core, this is the movie for you.
Audience Reviews for Vampyros Lesbos (Lesbian Vampires: The Heiress of Dracula)
A enjoyable and sensual watching with visible fake blood, some exaggerated interpretation and all the kitsch a B movie type can offer.
Different from what you would expect of any vampyre movie, in Vampyros Lesbos most scenes are in a sunny and paradisiac outside and the plot is insteresting, playing with "reality" and imagination.
*Soledad Miranda was terrific beautiful.
This film exploring erotic obsession is among the more famous and respected of prolific Spanish director Jesus Franco, who is also known for his "bad taste." Falling somewhere between arthouse and grindhouse, it's too trashy for some while too personal or difficult for others
If you are a Franco fan, you know this one already. The film has a huge cult following and deservedly so. A good example of 1970s-era Euro-Horrotica. If you have been thinking of seeing your first Franco film, this is a good choice.
This a unique movie for 3 simple reasons:
-Soledad Miranda is so damn hot she could melt the poles in minutes (a shame she passed away so early)
-Jess Franco always creative camera work
-One of the most, if not the most, psychodelic soundtrack mankind has recorded
Franco was a soft-core director, no questioning there, but with a sharp eye for exotic visuals. If you want some euro-trash-camp that is both delirious and fun to watch don't hesitate to get this one.
A mildy titillating, but ultimately lame vampire flick from Jess Franco. The base story is similar to the original Stoker novel. A lady lawyer, Linda Westinghouse, goes to a mysterious woman's island home to probate a will for her. What she doesn't know is that the mystery woman is actually a vampire -- the implication is that she was turned by, and was the mistress of, Count Dracula. But this lady likes to walk on the wild side, and prefers her own kind -- that is, she likes women over men, hates men as a matter of fact. Features some softcore "girl-on-girl" action, a soundtrack that some find groovy but irritated me, and a snoozefest of an onstage striptease number. Very slow and dull in places, and confusing in others, in that two of the main female characters are almost identical. Some of the worst blood effects I've seen. Either the blood looks like raspberry Kool-Aid or red cake frosting. Set in Istanbul, in German with English subtitles.More
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