Daughters of Darkness (Les lèvres rouges) (1971)



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International screen icon Delphine Seyrig (of LAST YEAR AT MARIENBAD fame) stars as Elizabeth Bathory, an ageless Countess with a beautiful young 'companion' (Goth goddess Andrea Rau) and a legendary legacy of perversion. But when the two women seducea a troubled newlywed couple (Canadian beauty Danielle Ouimet and John Karlen of DARK SHADOWS and CAGNEY & LACEY), they unleash a frenzy of sudden violence and depraved desire that shocked both art house audiences and grindhouse crowds worldwide.

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Critic Reviews for Daughters of Darkness (Les lèvres rouges)

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (2)

Delphine Seyrig's silver lame presence and Harry Kumel's evocative direction make this an above-par vampire tale.

Sep 10, 2009 | Full Review…
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Daughters of Darkness is a pitch perfect exercise in mood, tone and tension and, if you're willing to let it work you over, it casts a slick, strange and chilly spell that sticks long after the screen has faded to red.

Jan 27, 2018 | Full Review…

Creepily, delicately sophisticated, with a witty, evocative score by Francois de Roubaix and an interesting, unusual set of monstrous mannerisms.

Nov 4, 2013 | Full Review…

Not a single death is drawn out for effect -- indeed, most aren't even on purpose.

Oct 25, 2011 | Full Review…

a purposefully difficult-to-classify hybrid of European art-film austerity and borderline campy erotic-horror excess

Mar 4, 2011 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Makes decadence drolly enchanted

Dec 8, 2009 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Daughters of Darkness (Les lèvres rouges)


Gothic 70's horror that's a little too methodical and calibrated to be taken seriously. A bit of atmosphere, a bit of titillation and a bit of schlock.

Randy Tippy
Randy Tippy

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This sort of reminded me of Rollin's vampire movies because of the atmospheric shots in between scenes, but I didn't like that we don't get to see any fangs, and it tries to be erotic, but it isn't explicit enough. Another part I liked was the ending, though, it was really cool. Overall this could be a great movie if they dared to go a bit further.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer

Slow atmospheric tale of a seductive couple of vamp chicks. It was OK I suppose. I enjoyed the creepy setting of the film and the bare flesh which is exposed quite often. It's not particularly gory though and it was a little dull at times. Caused quite a stir on its release back in the day, but it's lost its shock value.

Lee ?
Lee ?

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Newlyweds, comprised of an ingénue bride and a groom with a mysteriously troubled past, find their honeymoon wrecked when the Countess Bathory and her enticing "secretary" occupy the suite next door in a deserted Flanders hotel. Slow-moving, visually sumptuous arthouse vampire flick is genuinely erotic and dreamlike.

Greg S
Greg S

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