Daughters of Darkness (Les lèvres rouges) (1971)
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Critic Reviews for Daughters of Darkness (Les lèvres rouges)
Delphine Seyrig's silver lame presence and Harry Kumel's evocative direction make this an above-par vampire tale.
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.
Creepily, delicately sophisticated, with a witty, evocative score by Francois de Roubaix and an interesting, unusual set of monstrous mannerisms.
Not a single death is drawn out for effect -- indeed, most aren't even on purpose.
a purposefully difficult-to-classify hybrid of European art-film austerity and borderline campy erotic-horror excess
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.
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.
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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