Friday, May 24, 2013
This movie is bustling and bursting with bustiers and societal women who seem all too willing to be "Dracula's" victims while flaunting their sexuality. Or perhaps it's just the mystique of the great castle owned by the mysterious Dr. Marlowe which makes them so frisky.
The segue from innuendo to an orgy of blood and boobs is a quick transition and then the plot steamrollers towards a climax which may or may not keep with the Dracula mythos. Regardless it's a beautifully shot film despite its many dark scenes which are generally the most poignantly haunting.
Posted by the at 7:00 AM
Monday, May 20, 2013
It's impractical to categorize this as simply a vampire movie since there is minimal vampirism either explicitly or implicitly implied or witnessed and could just as well be called a zombie flick. Having seen probably a hundred different vampire flicks throughout the years I can't say that I was dissatisfied with this one on that basis alone. In fact, I actually enjoyed it despite thinking that Vincent Price's acting was a tad wooden, mis-cast and stereotypical in parts.
Posted by the at 12:04 AM
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
This is definitely a B-movie vampire flick though I think it has some merit as a serious horror picture despite the mostly hokey sci-fi flavoring. I don't like to give spoilers or even much in the way of plot lines, since I like to be surprised by movies, so I won't indulge in much of that.
What I will say though is that despite the campy beginning and the prototypical finale, the acting is pretty solid and there are some serious, albeit brief elements of occultism and vampirism explored here. It's worth the watch if you're really into the genre or want a few B-movie laughs but if it's mere blood and gore that you're after you'll be sorely disappointed after the opening scenes.
Posted by the at 8:28 PM
Monday, May 13, 2013
I don't particularly like old movies but this one is very well-acted and the plot golden until about 3/4 of the way through when it begins to dissolve into hackneyed malarkey.
In the interim it's a solid cast of supporting actors around the two main protagonists Melvyn Douglas and Lionel Antwill, and the token superstar Fay Wray (King Kong), who stars but in a supporting role.
This is hardly horror in the modern sense but does serve well as a mystery with science fiction and paranormal (psychic vampirism) elements interjected. Much of the action is in the dialogue and the first attack by the "vampire bat" doesn't happen until almost 20 minutes in with the attacker appearing off camera.
It's worth a watch for nostalgic sake but quite disappointing in the traditional sense of vampire flicks. Then again, it is an 80-year-old movie.
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|The New York Times, January 23, 1933|
|Sarasota Herald-Tribune, June 20, 1933|
Posted by the at 11:41 PM
Sunday, May 12, 2013
Vampire Circus is in league with many of the early 1970s vampire flicks which provide a sound story line, some gore and, of course, boobs. Which makes sense since the Hammer film company that produced this flick was also responsible for many of the pictures in this genre during the time.
In a nutshell the movie revolves around a count who is slain by the townsfolk for abducting women and children. His gypsy vampire family forms a circus and travels Europe avenging his death. Only when they kill those responsible for putting down the count and feed him their lifeblood can he return from the moribund state of the undead. If that isn't enough to sucker you in then the fact that there's a burgermeister involved ought to.
|New York Times, October 12, 1972|
Posted by the at 12:31 AM
Sunday, May 5, 2013
This movie begins with sex, segues into sex and minor vampirism and ends with sex and death. In between there is much faux lesbianism where hot chicks peck at each others bodies but never really go Ellen Degenerate-esque lesbo, mental illness, a groovy ass soundtrack and about as much vampire gore as you'll get from a box of Count Chocula.
That's not to say it doesn't have merit as an erotic vampire movie. It's just not a horror movie and your Anne Rice brand of vampire is long deceased in this realm. The scenery and architecture utilized is quite excellent and adds to the dream-like flavor of a rather plot-less flick.
I've watched this movie a handful of times over the years and have yet not to fall asleep during it. I don't know if it's the subtitles, the avalanche of nudity over-riding the senses or that the movie truly sucks despite my denials that it's an art film.
Unfortunately, both the translation and closed caption features seem to be unavailable for this embed of the movie (the previous one posted was deleted by YouTube; hence, the caption below in the still photo) but having watched it with those options it's safe to say that the dialogue isn't essential to the "plot."
My other hack observations include these two sort of lookalikes:
The boyfriend of the victim who reminds me of that David Boreanaz dude.
And the crazy chick who is 55% blonde version of a young Tori Amos and 45% Laura Dern.
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|The Pleasure and Pain of Cult Horror Films: An Historical Survey by Bartomiej Paszylk|
Posted by the at 12:00 AM