The Velvet Vampire (1971)
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Critic Reviews for The Velvet Vampire
It's hard to dislike a movie that strives so hard to offend the vampire fan base.
It is to be recommended only if you can see it at the New Amsterdam on 42d Street, where audiences loudly, freely and obscenely associate with the action on the screen.
A highly intelligent, deftly poetic reimagining of the vampire myth, with the theme of fatal sexuality transferred to a female character.
This is a disappointing horror film from director Stephanie Rothman, whose Terminal Island is one of the more interesting exploitation items from the 1970s.
Audience Reviews for The Velvet Vampire
I honestly still don't know if I liked this fuckin' movie or not, even updating my ratings/watched films months after the fact. I enjoyed watching it and found it somewhat entertaining if only for the random nudity and meandering storyline, but Holy Moses, it's not a horror film by a long shot, and it's never even remotely scary, so what the hell do you make of it? Weird. Rental?
The story is familiar, a couple find themselves guests at the home of a vampire, but this is a particularly 70s take on it, and a somewhat sexual one too. I liked that, but it could have been more sexual and more about vampires than it was. Overall, it's pretty good, but it could have been a lot better.
This movie has about 5 different names, Velvet Vampire, Cemetery Girls, The Devil Is a Woman, The Waking Hour , and Through the Looking Glass , but none of the names really fit the movie. Its by far anything but a vampire movie. Its about a young couple Lee and Susan, they meet an older women named Diane and agree to spend a few days at her place. Well there is more to Diane then meets the eye. At first tries to start an affair with both people; and eventually reveals herself as a vampire. But there is almost zero vampire action. There is a little topless action by both girls, I would have to pick Susan Myself. Only thing scary about this movie is that it last 80 minutes. There ought to be a law. 1 1/2 stars
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