Les Vampires (1915)




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Louis Feuillade's pioneering silent serial -- whose ten episodes weigh in at nearly eight hours -- concerns Guèrande (Edouard Mathé), a journalist who is trying to uncover the truth about a mysterious society of anarchist gangsters who call themselves Les Vampires. While they don't drink the blood of the living, Les Vampires are the uncrowned monarchs of the criminal underworld, and as Guèrande struggles to learn the full extent of their lawless activities and the true identity of leaders the Grand Vampire (Jean Aymé) and Irma Vep (Juliet Musidora), he learns a tremendous amount about their intelligence, their cunning, and their treachery. A runaway hit in its initial release, which proved to be a major influence on the work of Fritz Lang and Alfred Hitchcock, Les Vampires also inspired Olivier Assayas' revisionist look at the film's leading lady, Irma Vep. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
Art House & International , Classics , Drama , Horror , Mystery & Suspense
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Critic Reviews for Les Vampires

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (2)

Louis Feuillade's extraordinary ten-part silent serial of 1916, running just under eight hours, is one of the supreme delights of film.

Full Review… | October 16, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

It's possible to overstate the extent to which all this is a bunch of fun: if shown, as it often is, in one great unnatural marathon, it can be sheer torture.

Full Review… | January 25, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

There's an excitement to the action, the suspense, the gothic look and the performances that makes it far more gripping than you'd expect a 100-year-old, seven-hour film to be.

Full Review… | January 2, 2016
The Young Folks

A cracking good story...in those wonderful moments where Musidora's kohl-marked face stares right out of the screen and into your soul, it's terribly perfect.

Full Review… | July 21, 2008
Antagony & Ecstasy

The elaborate production, written and directed by Louis Feuillade, is an epic modern crime thriller, the precursor to many of today's multi-million dollar action films.

March 4, 2008

[Director Louis Feuillade] masterfully builds suspense over the film's massive, nearly 7-hour running time.

Full Review… | May 25, 2006
Combustible Celluloid

Audience Reviews for Les Vampires


At a total length of well more than six hours, this series is not for everyone except the true die hard fans and academics of early cinema.

Jim Collura
Jim Collura

Mercifully broken into 10 parts, Les Vampires would have been better if, instead of "Irma Vep", "Vampire" had been rearranged to spell "Ima Perv". That notwithstanding, I was slightly disappointed to realize there were no real vampires involved (oh, spoiler alert maybe), rather just a gang of people committing crimes calling themselves "The Vampires." For 6 hours and 39 minutes. It took me over a week to get through all 10 parts, it was like a chore. But it gets bonus points for being from 1915, before any of the otherwise familiar elements seen in the movie technically ever existed. This doesn't mean it holds up that well in my book, but I do give it marks for originality.

Andy Cramer
Andy Cramer

Not just one movie, it's about ten. Louis Feulliade's Les Vampires was a milestone of film making, even if it's vastly unknown and under-appreciated today. Find it, you won't be disappointed.

Manny Casillas
Manny Casillas

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