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Vampyres (1975)

Marianne Morris , Anulka Dziubinska , José Ramón Larraz  |  R |  DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Marianne Morris, Anulka Dziubinska, Murray Brown, Brian Deacon, Sally Faulkner
  • Directors: José Ramón Larraz
  • Writers: José Ramón Larraz, Diana Daubeney, Thomas Owen
  • Producers: Brian Smedley-Aston
  • Format: Anamorphic, Color, NTSC, Widescreen, Dolby
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Blue Underground
  • DVD Release Date: May 27, 2003
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000092T69
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #91,617 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Vampyres" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Audio Commentary with Director José Ramón Larraz and Producer Brian Smedley-Aston
  • Return of the Vampyres - Interviews with Stars Marianne Morris and Anulka
  • José Ramón Larraz Bio
  • "Lost" Caravan Scene
  • International Trailer
  • U.S. Trailer
  • Poster & Still Gallery
  • Anulka Glamour Gallery
  • VAMPYRES: A Tribute to the Ultimate in Erotic Horror Cinema (DVD-ROM)

Editorial Reviews

"They share the pleasures of the flesh, and unleashed the horrors of the grave!" screamed the ads. The beautiful Marianne Morris and stunning Playboy centerfold Anulka star as bisexual seductresses who roam the English countryside with an insatiable lust for the blood of mortals as well as the succulent bodies of each other. Director José Ramón Larraz packs this landmark adult hit with chilling atmosphere, shocking bloodshed and some of the most torrid sexuality of any vampire movie in horror history.

Also known as DAUGHTERS OF DRACULA, this controversial cult classic was butchered repeatedly by censors around the world. Blue Underground is proud to present VAMPYRES loaded with exclusive new Extras and featuring a stunning new transfer that restores all of the controversial gore footage missing from any previous version. This is the definitive edition of VAMPYRES!


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55 of 57 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
Okay, 1974's VAMPYRES admittedly has numerous nude scenes--full frontal female nude scenes, in some cases--that was a prerequisite for the sexploitation horror pouring out of Europe in the 1970s. And yes, the two female players have hourglass figures, ample bosoms, and beautiful faces. However, this British indie film, directed by Spanish auteur José Ramón Larraz, has a cinematic aesthetic that makes it stand out above its contemporaries as a horror film of true quality. Larraz does a fantastic job of directing, working in close conjunction with cinematographer Harry Waxman to ensure that nearly every shot of every scene is a balanced, well-framed image. In keeping with the spooky atmosphere of the moldering English manor house and surrounding grounds used for location shooting, production designer Ken Bridgeman maintains the perfect ambiance throughout. And unlike many other buxom sexploitation actresses of the era, erotic stars Marianne Morris and Anulka (Dziubinska) can actually act, and they do a superb job in making the eponymous characters both scary and sympathetic.
In addition to the outstanding efforts of cast and crew, the tight, well-written script is refreshingly new--even from this vantage point of some thirty years hence. Avoiding the usual vampire clichés, these VAMPYRES are really more like ghosts who have some inexplicable but insatiable desire to feed on the blood of the living. They don't have fangs, they can tolerate moderate sunlight, and instead of resting in musty old caskets, they sleep in a wine cellar during the brightest of the daylight hours. They also can eat, drink liquids other than blood, and seem to genuinely enjoy sex.
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Kind of a mix of Hammer and Jean Rollin June 1, 2000
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Format:DVD
A pair of bisexual women (Marianne Morris and Playboy playmate Anulka) living in a dark, decaying mansion have a craving for blood and sex. Hitchiking in long black cloaks, they lure men home and then take them to bed, slash them with knives, and dump the bodies, making it look like a car wreck. They like one guy so much they keep him around for days and he knows something bad is happening, but he's not sure what. Some people camping nearby also suspect that the women are up to strange things.... The violence is strong even though there's more blood than gore, plenty of sex and nudity, and some very lyrical, beautiful scenes. The ending throws a whole new, darker twist on the proceedings and ties it all together nicely. It has kind of a "Hammer Films" look to it, but the storyline is more along the lines of Jean Rollin. Even though the budget was small, this is a quality-looking film. The DVD looks great and contains a commentary track with producer Brian Smedley-Aston and director Joseph Larraz that's worth listening to - it's informative, and Larraz is hilarious and pulls no punches - ya gotta love the guy, even though he admits he's become a dirty old man (the comment during one of Anulka's nude scenes had me rolling on the floor). :) It's one of the most entertaining commentary tracks I've heard on a DVD, and a quality film besides.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Watch for the sex not the story! July 10, 2000
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Format:VHS Tape
If you watch this movie for anything other than the sexual content you are most likely to be disappointed. The plot is paper thin (hell, I could have written it!) and poses numerous questions without bothering to answer any of them. Even the film's title is a bit of a misnomer. But, let's face it...the whole point of the film is to set up situations that allow the two female "vampyres" to disrobe and display their bodies (no complaints here!). Getting to view the two stunning ladies repeatedly in nude scenes is enough to earn this film four stars in my book! Seriously though, this film does have a Hammeresque quality to it and the setting is very atmospheric (nice blend of mid-70's style with a touch of gothic). The acting is pretty good, too. But, the film loses a star due to it's lack of storyline and departure from classic vampire lore. Classic horror? No. Classic erotica? Yes.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Erotic, bloody vampire flick January 22, 2005
Format:DVD
Some time ago I made a statement to the effect that I avoided vampire films like the plague. What did I do immediately after making such a pronouncement? Why, I went right out and started watching vampire films! I am nothing if not a huge hypocrite, but at least this time there is a reason for my hypocrisy. You see, I am finally getting a chance to see all the great Eurohorror classics thanks to the advent of DVD. And it just so happens that some of these great classics employ the tried and true vampire theme. How could I pass up the joy that is "Daughters of Darkness" merely because I try to avoid vampire films? Or Jose Larraz's epic "Vampyres"? Actually, I never even heard of this last movie before DVD arrived on the scene. I was thumbing through the lists of supposed Eurohorror classics and stumbled over the title. The word on it was good, great in some instances, so I decided to give it a shot. I'm glad I did. In fact, if I had to cite one example of a movie that embodied the look and feel of 1970s Eurohorror, I would pick "Vampyres." The only thing missing from Larraz's film is an extremely high gore quotient (the film is quite bloody, though).

Fran (Marianne Morris) and her blonde partner Miriam (Anulka) are just your average, everyday dead spirits wandering through rain shrouded cemeteries, back roads, and dark forests somewhere in England. We learn at the beginning of the film that someone, presumably a male, expressed his disappointment at finding the two young women in a compromising position and thus shot them with a handgun. Flash forward some number of years to a creepy looking castle located out in the sticks, the same castle where the aforementioned crime took place.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sexy, Dark, and Different
I love this film. I saw it years ago and had been hunting for it online ever since... Very sexy and Dark. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Kimberly Kills
3.0 out of 5 stars Better Vampire movies out there
Very sexy vampire chicks. That sums up the entire movie. If that is what your looking for then go for it. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Wolfy
1.0 out of 5 stars I consider this to be Depravity,
I'm researching the society as a whole and the entertainment Industry , this was filmed between 1974 and 1976 , this is the beginning I think of the slasher films , sex mixed... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Joseph La
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Release for an Erotic Vampire Tale
I could not be more surprised this great horror flick got the deluxe treatment with a restored director's cut. Read more
Published 7 months ago by MacheteJason
4.0 out of 5 stars Definitely different
For some reason I thought it was a different movie. Still enjoyed this one. I don't like being told how many words I need to describe something.
Published 9 months ago by W. Perdue
5.0 out of 5 stars Sexy Vampire Flick
I own the DVD so finally got around to ordering this Blu-ray version. It's a great movie overall. It borders on soft porn but it's tastefully done for the most part and it lends to... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Fred
5.0 out of 5 stars They do drink wine...
The pun on the famous line of Bela Lugosi is intentional, because a lot
of red wine is imbibed in the film. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Persistent Gardener
3.0 out of 5 stars Vampyres
This is sexually exploitive, but normal for the time period. It is an interesting move. The use of knives instead of fangs, the vampire's lack of super powers were a nice detail. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Wayne E. Dick
2.0 out of 5 stars sloooooooow
very slow started the movie about 5 times and I don't think we ever finished watching it. 3 more words.
Published 15 months ago by Kevin Baker
4.0 out of 5 stars Share Pleasures of the Flesh...and Horrors from the Grave!
Okay, 1974's VAMPYRES admittedly has numerous nude scenes--full-frontal female nude scenes, in some cases--that were a prerequisite for the sexploitation horror pouring out of... Read more
Published on April 4, 2012 by Michael R Gates
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