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Slaughter of the Vampires (1970)

Walter Brandi , Graziella Granata , Roberto Mauri  |  G |  DVD
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  • Actors: Walter Brandi, Graziella Granata, Luigi Batzella, Dieter Eppler, Edda Ferronao
  • Directors: Roberto Mauri
  • Writers: Roberto Mauri
  • Producers: Dino Sant'Ambrogio
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: Image Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: October 18, 2005
  • Run Time: 72 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000AYEIG8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #449,290 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Hidden in the bowels of a wine cellar, a vampire spreads a type of Black Death throughout a castle and into the minds ofthe women living there who accept his fanged attacks with rapture.

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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Cut, edited DVD is missing several minutes of footage November 16, 2005
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The old Monterey VHS version is uncut, but this DVD version from Retromedia is missing quite a bit of footage. Avoid this one, especially as another company is due to release an uncut version on DVD in 2006.
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32 of 39 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Problem transfers January 4, 2007
On the face of it, the new (1/2007) Dark Sky transfer of this cheesy Italian gothic favorite would seem preferable to the 10/2005 Retromedia disc ("Image Entertainment"--only the distributor); the Dark Sky has a cleaner picture and, at 78 minutes (not 79), about two minutes more material. However, the Dark Sky version (actually taken as is from the cable station MonstersHD's print) is matted to an anamorphic aspect ratio of 1.85:1. While 1960s Italian films were sometimes filmed and shown in this aspect ratio--usually "hard-matted" to make sure (that is, the lens of the camera was itself matted to ensure that shape), European films would more often have been shown no wider than 1.66:1; and often, they were shown unmatted altogether at 1.37:1. SLAUGHTER OF THE VAMPIRES was not filmed "hard-matted" and Dark Sky's 1.85:1 soft-matting makes it look ridiculously cramped. Clearly never intended for 1.85:1, it is not only matted here, but completely reframed. The image is panned and scanned *vertically* under the mattes in the Dark Sky transfer to keep heads etc. from being cut off, making the original Director of Photography's decisions meaningless. Even with all this tampering, there's so much visual information missing that it's all but worthless: the film is badly disfigured to appeal to the 16x9 TV market. The Retromedia ("Image") disc, at under 76 minutes (not 78), is a shorter version and isn't as clean (though it has a very authentic feeling) but its open-matte, unreframed presentation represents the original film much better--though it's not completely right either. However, it seems unlikely that a film of such minor stature will be revisited on DVD a third time.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One of my faves August 27, 2006
I've been fond of this film, ever since I saw it as a youngster on Channel 9, and they used to show at least 2 versions. This copy seems complete, though I wish they had done some restoration of the image. One of the last b/w Italian horror films, this film get short shrift from most writers on this period, but I like this little film a lot. It's shot in a very atmospheric style (lots of shadows), and the girls are gorgeous as only girls from that period can be. The lead vampire is a bit ridiculous, but you don't watch a film like this and expect Ingmar Bergman. For what it is, it's quite fun as a late edition to the Italo-horror film cycle of the 60s.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stop whinnig and complaining.................... February 6, 2007
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I found the transfer of this movie to be superb regardless of missing footage I enjoyed it very gothic and very Haunting do not listen to the previous reviews. But but by all means stay away from the retromedia copy as the transfer is hideous.................Great Horror Film Highly Recommend..........
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars the DVD you need to buy July 7, 2009
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This is the Dark Sky version of SLAUGHTER OF THE VAMPIRES that we have been raving about, by all means, stay away from the Retromedia DVD version of this film, they did a crap job editing it and you will just throw your money away.

#1. Editing.......They did a brilliant editing job with this version.....The B&W is, in my opinion clearer & cleaner then most films it's age, considering the fact that this film was made in 1962 and that folks is for the most part almost 50 years ago so give credit where it's due, they did a great job bringing this movie back from the dead.

#2. The script.....Well the script is a whole other ball game, 10 minutes into this film and you can just tell that this film cries for help in the script dept because the lines are just so lame that if this were a 2010 movie, I guarantee, people would walk out of the theater or at best, laugh their butts off with every line. One of the stars Walter Brandi suffers quite a few times during the beginning of the picture from scriptural redundancy and talks to his wife like she's a child in others.

#3. The Actors......The Vampire, Dieter Eppler, sinister looking, doesn't talk much, would've been much more efficient a vampire if he was given more beauties to bite but you can only suck so much blood in 79 minutes I guess......
The 1st Victim, Graziella Granata, what can be said about this lady?, she was 21 when she made this movie and IT SHOWS, she was drop dead, knock down, no holds barred gorgeous. If she had dropped her top in this movie, I would've gave it, hands down 5 stars no questions asked because this lady made this movie ANYWAY no matter what and her jog through the castle while being chased by Prof. Nische?, WOWZERS..
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Slaughter Of The DVD June 19, 2006
Retromedia dropped the ball on this one. I have the Monterey Video release...and while even that is missing some 11 mins of footage due to damage of the reels or so they say, This version is sharp, clear and complete.

Retro did include a titular jog by Graziella Granata that is not available in the Monterey version but is memorable at best but they just totally did a real hatchet job on the editing of their DVD version. I have seen the MV version several times over the last 10 years and one viewing of the DVD by Retromedia told me that I wasted 13.00. I will trade this one in in a heartbeat if Dark Sky Films does it much better.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Slaughter of the Vampires
OK English-dubbed, Italian-made horror film. A vampire, loose in the neighborhood, plays havoc with a young couple and their household. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Celia DLF
3.0 out of 5 stars Cleavage
Disappointing for the most part. Although the castle setting is nice the interior scenes lose most of their gothic atmosphere by beig flood lit. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Raymond
2.0 out of 5 stars Slaughter of the Vampires
A couple's wedding party is interrupted by the sudden appearance of a dashing young count, who seduces the lovely Louise away from her newlywed husband and transforms her into a... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Carl Manes
5.0 out of 5 stars DARK SKY VERSION!!!
I almost did not buy this movie because some of the reviewers ranted about the improper aspect ratio resulting in missing heads and badly framed compositions... Read more
Published on December 5, 2011 by Richard J. Oravitz
5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous Gothic Vampire Fairy Tale
The reason I scour the depths of the unheard-of horror cinematic history is because every once in a while I stumble across a gem as excellent as this Italian masterpiece. Read more
Published on April 1, 2011 by Joseph Brando
5.0 out of 5 stars Old School Gothic Vampire Classic
Here's another release that I had in my pile and finally watched after so many years, it was worth the wait. Read more
Published on May 22, 2010 by William Amazzini
3.0 out of 5 stars "Slaughter" indeed
I really didn't know what to expect when I ordered this, as I had not really seen much Eurohorror before. Read more
Published on September 1, 2007 by e1x56u$*w#
2.0 out of 5 stars unfortunate problem release
I agree with some other viewers on the aspect ratio. It's an annoying viewing experience since it's quite apparent that the top and bottom of the picture is being cut off. Read more
Published on March 28, 2007 by Max Parkinson
2.0 out of 5 stars 2007 Dark Sky vs. 2005 Retromedia transfers
First of all, though it can be campy fun, this is not much of a film compared to the great Italian horror of the period, so it probably isn't a major issue that both the Retromedia... Read more
Published on March 15, 2007 by RSMM
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