Euro-Horror Project: Vampyres

 

(José Ramón Larraz, 1974) You can take the Spaniard out of Barcelona, but set him down in the cropped green woods of England, and you still get a wonderful piece of Mediterranean art horror. In Larraz’s Vampyres, a young couple park their camper van in the still of a summer forest, but soon encounter another, stranger duo squatting in a nearby castle. Vampires Marianne Morris and Anulka Dziubinska waft through the film on silken white feet, wreaking their own special kind of destruction on horny, hapless traveling salesmen. Larraz’s lush little exploitation flick is a stunning and satisfying champion of the lesbian vampire sub-genre, with plenty of vaginal symbolism (check out those cavernous corridors, and watch for wounds that would make any gynecologist look twice). Sex-As-Death and Demonic-Female-Sexuality tropes are commented on fully in this one, if a bit ambiguously. (Also goes by the title Vampyres: Daughters of Darkness in the US.)

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3 thoughts on “Euro-Horror Project: Vampyres

  1. Jesus, how stupid am I that I just figured out that your blog exists. I’ve got some catching up to do.

    I’ve actually seen this, but I was much younger – too young to pick up on any of the symbolism. I’ll have to track it down and give it another go.

    Question: Would this Project include something like And Now The Screaming Starts? Because I have oddly fond memories of it.

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