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 version which I viewed) just the same:

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Vampire's Kiss (1988)

I enjoy me some vampire movies. Mostly older ones--especially from the 1970s--and preferably starring B-movie actors who don't muck up the screen with their "star quality."

YouTube seems to have many of them now in full length versions for free. I don't know if they were too low-budget to demand censorship and a credit card swipe or if people are just that diligent in replenishing the stock once it gets banned. I suspect a bit of the latter since movie companies are the biggest shysters this side of music moguls.

Anyway, I go through stages where I watch a movie or two per day and then dry spells where I won't watch one for 6 months. While I'm on the wet side of that line of demarcation I figured that I should start documenting which ones I've watched, liked and want to revisit since they begin to overlap after a while.

The one featured above, Vampire's Kiss, is a newer one, relatively speaking, in relation to those I prefer but I happened upon it and rather enjoyed the dual emo-comedic value of the whole thing. If you haven't seen it then just imagine Nicholas Cage with the worst east coast literary affect that you could possibly imagine and then actually put him into a vampire movie and that's what you have.

I don't like to give away plot lines when talking about movies as I prefer to know absolutely nothing about a film before seeing it but this one has the kitsch value of schlock horror along with the purposeful overacting of Nicholas Cage which I usually abhor but rather enjoyed in this 1988 release.