Daughters of Darkness (Les lèvres rouges)

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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)

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  • May 08, 2013
    An extremely elegant slow-burner vampire flick, Daughters of Darkness utilizes all the sexiness found in the vampire world, applied to this sex thriller, featuring the Báthory Erzsébet mythos. Don't think that despite having that mynth as a basis to construct the narrative that this is a blood bath, by the contrary, the director is much more concerned with atmosphere and mistery on this one, having fantastic and horrible performances by the cast to back it all up.
    Francisco G Super Reviewer
  • Dec 27, 2011
    A stylish vampire flick with a sexy lesbian twist, "Daughters of Darkness" is almost fantastic. Its saturated reds and blues are a feast for the eyes, and three gorgeous actresses (at least one of whom is frequently naked) don't hurt either. Delphine Seyrig ("Last Year at Marienbad," "Jeanne Dielman") gives her usual elegant, captivating performance, and TV watchers will be intrigued to see the familiar face of John Karlen during his more handsome, leading-man days (not so coincidentally, he appeared on "Dark Shadows" around the same time). "Daughters of Darkness" starts off well, as Karlen and his new bride (Danielle Ouimet, who looks much better than she acts) make an unscheduled stop at an otherwise empty hotel. There's no one to chat with except an aging clerk, but the situation heats up when a mysterious Hungarian countess (Seyrig) arrives with her voluptuous assistant Ilona (Andrea Rau). The countess is immediately fascinated with the young couple and creepily inserts herself into their lives. Meanwhile, pretty girls are turning up dead around the area, drained of all their blood. Can you guess where the story is headed? Unfortunately, the film loses steam in the middle, mostly because the cast is so small (just eight speaking parts, and four of them barely matter). This leaves few chances for varied conversation and even fewer potential victims. Luckily, Francois de Roubaix's brilliant score perks up the dull moments. (Interestingly, some prints add a Seyrig vocal to the opening theme.)
    Eric B Super Reviewer
  • May 23, 2011
    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 Super Reviewer
  • Jan 12, 2011
    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.
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