“With that thing around your neck, only the goblins would want you.”
A newlywed (Barbara Steele) vacationing in communist Transylvania disappears into a lake, and emerges as the 18th century vampiric witch Vardella. Her husband (Ian Ogilvy) must enlist the help of Count von Helsing (John Karlsen) to bring his wife back to life.
Genres, Themes, Actors, and Directors:
- Barbara Steele Films
- Michael Reeves Films
- Witches and Wizards
Response to Peary’s Review:
As Peary writes, “Michael Reeves’s debut film as director” (at the age of 21!) presents his typically harsh world where evil is the dominant force and is indestructible.” He notes that the “film is full of striking imagery”, providing clear evidence of Reeves’s talent as a director:
— but its “low budget and dubbing make it really hard to appreciate.” He also argues that while “Steele’s appearance is too brief”, she “grabs your attention”.
Redeeming Qualities and Moments:
- Striking imagery
- John Karlsen as Count von Helsing
No, though any fan of Michael Reeves will undoubtedly be curious about this one.