Sunday, April 28, 2013

The Playgirls and the Vampire (1963)



I prefer not to embed Hulu videos because of the excessive amount of commercial ads but since I can't find this movie with the embed feature anywhere else at the moment it'll have to do.

Who is Margherita Kernassy? You're looking at her in the preview thumbnail portrait behind Vera, an exotic dancer, who along with her feckless troupe, piano player and bumbling manager have stumbled upon a castle after encountering a ferocious storm.

The castle, inhabited by Count Gabor, his assistant and a VAMPIRE, is little refuge for the traveling showgirls as they slowly fall under the spell of the un-dead demon. Vera, the living doppleganger of Margherita who has been dead nearly 200 years, becomes the object of affection for both Gabor and the vampire. Who'll win the showdown and get the girl? Oh, the suspense.

This is a fairly low-level mystery that plods through with some erotic undertones (for the time period anyway), minimal vampirism and only cheesecake variety gore. I liked it despite all of those shortcomings. Then again, I'm not very difficult to please when it comes to older vampire movies.

Apparently, this is an edited version that censors a few scenes of nudity! Oh, the humanity!

Here's a few still shots (from the amctv.com version which I viewed) just the same:

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