Velvet Vampire, The / Cemetery Girls (1971)

Velvet Vampire, The / Cemetery Girls (1971)

“Diane, there’s one thing I don’t get: the headstone said your husband died in 1875.”

A female vampire (Celeste Yarnell) invites a young couple (Michael Blodgett and Sherry Miles) to her home in the desert, then attempts to seduce them both.

Genres, Themes, Actors, and Directors:

  • Horror
  • Love Triangle
  • Stephanie Rothman Films
  • Vampires

Response to Peary’s Review:
As Peary writes, this comedic “offbeat” comedic vampire movie (written and directed by Stephanie Rothman) is “basically about an unconventional love triangle in which one of the two women just happens to be a vampire.” Many critics have argued that the film has undercurrents of latent lesbianism, but I have to say I don’t agree. Unlike other female vampires on film — such as Carmilla in Vampire Lovers (1970) or “Countess Bathory” in Daughters of Darkness (1971) — Yarnell doesn’t seem to particularly prefer either men or women; she’s just out for blood, pure and simple.

Redeeming Qualities:

  • Colorful cinematography and “stylish set design”
  • A haunting, if repetitive, film score which will stick in your mind for a long time afterwards

Must See?
No. This one will only of be interest for true vampire fans.


One thought on “Velvet Vampire, The / Cemetery Girls (1971)

  1. Skip it.

    Badly written, acted and directed – all this…and less – adding up to 80 verrrry long minutes of film. It’s always especially disappointing when a vampire movie is a bore.

    You can smell how bad this one is from the get-go. The last ten minutes are particularly lame…but it’s all rather dumb, really. (I don’t at all get how it’s supposed to be “comedic”.)

    Blodgett was seen to more ‘entertaining’ advantage in Russ Meyer’s ‘Beyond the Valley of the Dolls’.

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