“Vampires have minds far superior to those of mortals.”
Genres, Themes, Actors, and Directors:
Response to Peary’s Review:
… and that he finds the “lengthy, terribly directed, bloody finale in the Count’s castle” “amusing”.
I don’t think the ending is particularly bad or amusing, but agree with Peary that this cult item is more a curio of its time than a classic. Its narrative “appeal” seems to be that young women of any era and setting — not just 19th century Transylvania — are at risk of being lured by seductive, deceptive vampires. But poor Lang is stuck between two terrible choices: becoming Quarry’s blood-sucking bride (at which point she’s reduced to gnawing on a kitten):
or staying with her obnoxious boyfriend (Murphy); I’m not sure which is a better fate (!).
I do wish this film had even a little bit more of a feminist “bite”; Perry’s girlfriend (Julie Conners), shown naked in bed, is portrayed in an especially offensive manner.
I wasn’t surprised to hear this was originally planned as a soft-core adult flick.
Redeeming Qualities and Moments: