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Female Vampire (with Erotikill): Remastered Edition [Blu-ray] (1973)

Lina Romay , Jack Taylor , Jess Franco  |  Unrated |  Blu-ray
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Lina Romay, Jack Taylor, Alice Arno, Jess Franco, Monica Swinn
  • Directors: Jess Franco
  • Format: Anamorphic, Blu-ray, Dubbed, NTSC, Original recording remastered, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: French, English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English, French
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Redemption Films
  • DVD Release Date: October 16, 2012
  • Run Time: 104 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008N2Z1JC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #202,634 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

Countess Irina (Lina Romay) lives on the island of Madeira, Portugal, where she must drain the ''life force'' of men and women for her own survival. One of her lovers/victims is a poet (Jack Taylor) who believes the undead countess is meant for him. Prolific exploitation director Jess Franco filmed this influential erotic chiller -- which established Romay (who Franco later married) as an erotic and horror film icon -- on location on Madeira. ENGLISH DUBBED (also includes original French w/ English Subtitles) BONUS FEATURES: Two complete versions of the film: a ''horror version'' (72 mins) and an ''erotic version'' (104 min), Interview with Jess Franco, Alternate title sequence and more.

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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Moody Ethereal Horror From Franco August 9, 2000
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The new IMAGE DVD of Jess Franco's "Female Vampire" is a welcome addition to any Francophile or euro-horror fan's collection. The movie reeks with an ethereal mood and pace and the euro-lounge theme music (played through about 90% of the flick!) is catchy and will haunt you long afterwards. Irina the lonely vampire goes from one victim to the next --- that's about it for story --- but who cares! This is Franco at his best! Be forewarned --- this is definitely a Very Mature movie so keep the young ones away! Released in a few different versions over the years, this 101 minute version is closest to "The Loves of Irina" version once released on VHS by Private Screenings. Alternate scenes from the "Erotikill" version are included as a supplement (app. 8 minutes) and basically include all the attack scenes which show Irina drinking blood. For some reason, the alternate scenes are not in chronological order. The movie is letterboxed at 2.35:1 and looks fine, but some shots seem to be over matted (but maybe that's just the way it is). Image quality is a bit soft and there are two moments of print damage (streaking of image for app. 30 seconds -sprocket hole damage?), but basically it's a very nice presentation and a MUST BUY!!! The DVD also has one trailer (in French only).
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21 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars BAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF! February 24, 2005
It never fails that every time I experience this film, and I've seen it now about three times in the past year, it produces a vastly different reaction each time I view it. I bounce from absolute admiration for Franco's directorial style, dreamy camerawork and musical score, and committed performances from the cast, to thinking that this is nothing but a cheap, porno-wanna-be-flick with absolutely nothing to do with "vampires", and no artistic integrity whatsoever. Fortunately, the positive vibes win out over the negative and I, once again, admire this film and all that is right and wrong with it. If I fail to make sense, well good then, because neither does this flick. Ms. Romay is, to say the least, totally uninhibited as she romps about the beautifully filmed outdoor scenes while a Chopin-like score lusciously underscores her every movement. Her scenes with the bed posts are, er...., quite a moment in the Euro-Erotic field, and the way she swishes and moves about on her bed like a pent-up, totally horny young woman about to have an orgasm for the first time is, well...... something to see. I love the moments of male frontal nudity, especially a scene where Ms. Romay is seducing a hotel masseur. The simulated sex is quite laughable, especially since our young man can't seem to "get it up". This is quite an atmospheric film and, if you love your 70's horror/vampire flicks, I think you will find much to admire in this one.

Luigi - NYC
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22 of 28 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Wow May 23, 2004
By Fabiola
That Jess Franco sure was wacky. This ultra-sexy 70's vamp flick probably arouses me more than any modern softcore film, but it's still not as good as Vampire Femmes or Vampyres. The woman here isn't really a vampire in the monster sense of the word. She's more of an energy sucker, kills by sucking sexual energy from her victims. The bad acting will get on some's nerves, and the plot is ludicrous, but if you buy this film to begin with, you can't expect Citizen Kane. A good b-movie sexfest.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jess and Lina's Eternal Love Poem April 13, 2013
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The film industry suffered a major loss this past month with the passing of the greatest erotic Horror film maker ever, Jesus Franco and last year , his muse Lina Romay who created some of the most incredible images ever to grace the screen. Redemption has been releasing the Franco Image Entertainment releases of over a decade ago in new Blu-Ray incarnations so that first time viewers and Franco fans can appreciate his style and mojo better than ever. After the death of his major leading lady Soledad Miranda, Franco discovered 19 year old Lina Romay who worked behind the scenes for many of his productions and with this film 'FEMALE VAMPIRE'aka 'LA COMTESSE AUX SEINS NUS' aka 'LES AVALEUSES'- 1973, their erotic fusion was set. Included at the party are Franco stalwarts Alice Arno who would also be immortalized in 'THE PERVERSE COUNTESS' made the same year; Jack Taylor as the doomed Baron Von Rathony; the eccentric Monica Swinn and of course, a cameo from Jess himself. The film is one of his most popular titles and which was the first to reach the home video market back in the Eighties under various versions released by Private Screenings and Wizard Video among others. That's because there are at least three different versions out there: a Horror version known as 'THE BARE-BREASTED COUNTESS' or 'EROTIKILL'; a soft core version known as 'THE LOVES OF IRINA'; and a hardcore version known as 'LES AVALEUSES' aka 'THE SWALLOWERS'. When Image Entertainment first released it on DVD under the title 'FEMALE VAMPIRE' , it was the soft core version that viewers saw trimmed of some hardcore fellatio scenes which seemed to be inserted and which fails to match the footage already present. Read more ›
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28 of 39 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Vampire Eye of Jess Franco August 16, 2001
Female Vampire was the first film Jess Franco made after the death of his star and lover, Soledad Miranda, and the film is a haunting and mournful examination of fate and loss. On the surface there does not seem much to warrnt the very high opinion I have of this film: the dialogue is ludicrous, often pretentious, and the acting merely passable, at best. Viewed as horror or porno the film would seem to have none of the qualities we desire from either of those genres: deliberate pacing, various props to create atmosphere, an internal logic, no matter how warped. So while it may seem immediately facile to say so I think this film has more in common with 60's and 70's avant-garde that with, say, Hammer, or Corman. Stan Brakhage came to my mind after watching Female Vampire. Both Brakhage and Franco are obsessed with film as a purely visual medium, but whereas Brakhage sought to reproduce the way the mechanism of the eye perceives information, without interpreting the stimuli, Franco is more concerned with the memory's hold on what the eye takes in. Franco's camerawork can only be described as insatiable--it is the most tactile and grasping use of the lens imaginable. The line on Franco is, and you hear it repeated over and over, that he 'overuses the zoom lens' but he does so, I feel, to imbue the film's space with consciousness, to feel every inch of the subject in the lens (usually the luscious Lina Romay). But like all vampires, Jess Franco's starving eye can never hold, keep, or own, that which it craves so desperately, namely lost Soledad, the pulsing blood of time itself. . . .
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful existential angst movie from Franco
One can look at this movie as Lina Romay's coming out party as Franco' newest muse, or as an atmospheric Eurotrash movie with lots of beautiful naked woman. Read more
Published 1 month ago by John of Oshkosh
4.0 out of 5 stars Creepy and perverted
I'm a huge fan of Lina Romay - she's striking and strange and does things on film that are totally inappropriate. What a crazy lady! Read more
Published 4 months ago by violetcherry
4.0 out of 5 stars a classic euro horror and softcore porn
After watching Jess Franco's Dracula and reading a recent article in Fangoria magzine about the director's film career. Read more
Published 10 months ago by TheycallmeBruce
1.0 out of 5 stars should charge amazon for me watching it
cheap porn,sub titles,bad acting,etc etc etcetc etc and now im getting attitude just trying to rate it.....amazon better start getting with it or Netflix is gonna bury you
Published 12 months ago by cliff harp
5.0 out of 5 stars Curse Of The Karlsteins...
After watching both versions of FEMALE VAMPIRE, I must say that I prefer the 72 min. horror version over the 104 min. erotica "erotikill" cut. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Bindy Sue Frřnkünschtein
2.0 out of 5 stars Not good
It was really a waste of film. They could have done better with this flick. It was just boring to me
Published 13 months ago by Mary
3.0 out of 5 stars bluray
I initially watched this on Amazon. I figured the bluray would be of higher quality. If they did any 'remastering' or clean-up of the movie they did a real bad job or at least... Read more
Published 14 months ago by DVD Addict
4.0 out of 5 stars Not your father's vampire flick
This film suggests the premise that if vampire movies are good and sex movies are good, then sexual vampire movies will be fabulous. Read more
Published 14 months ago by S. Dillon
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't waste your time.
I may have seen a worse movie, but I can't remember when. Don't waste your time, this was one awful movie
Published 15 months ago by MPalumbo
3.0 out of 5 stars Lina Romay and her Furry Creature go on an adventure.
Curvaceous Lina Romay is a sexy mute Vampire feebly attempting to play into the classic role of Carmilla Karnstein (played elegantly by Ingrid Pitt in Lust for a Vampire) however... Read more
Published 16 months ago by DeadandBuried81
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