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Vampyros Lesbos (1970)

Soledad Miranda , Dennis Price , Jesús Franco  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: Soledad Miranda, Dennis Price, Ewa Strömberg, Heidrun Kussin, José Martínez Blanco
  • Directors: Jesús Franco
  • Writers: Jesús Franco, Anne Settimó, Bram Stoker, Jaime Chávarri
  • Producers: Artur Brauner, Karl Heinz Mannchen
  • Format: Color, Letterboxed, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: German (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Synapse Films
  • DVD Release Date: January 4, 2000
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6305334730
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #133,352 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Vampyros Lesbos" on IMDb

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Countess Nadine Carody, a vampire with an insatiable thirst for female blood, lures women to her isolated island to love^Ethen kill^Eher victims! Linda Westinghouse comes to the island and falls under the vampire ^Rs seductive spell, only to find a living nightmare she may never be able to escape. A tripped out mixture of nudity, soft-core lesbianism, vampires, outrageous sets and a world famous soundtrack, Vampyros Lesbos is now available for the first time ever on home video in the United States. Recently resurfacing as a cult classic after almost thirty years, Vampyros Lesbos has restarted a dance craze phenomenon across the globe with its psychedelic musical score! So, be sure to watch Vampyros Lesbos today^Eor Countess Carody just might SUCK YOU DRY!!

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52 of 57 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Alas, Soledad Miranda June 9, 2002
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Let yourself fall under the spell of this campy, corny and yet quite effective little '70s Eurotrash remake of DRACULA. I'd been wanting to see this film for well over a decade when I first heard of it in a book called THE SEAL OF DRACULA that contained some enticing photos from it. Finally, with the advent of DVD, movies previously difficult to obtain on VHS are now on sale down at Best Buy! Oh hooray for mass market American culture.
In VAMPYROS LESBOS, director Jess Franco inverts the story so that all the male characters are female and has all the action take place in broad daylight. Perhaps the best example of this is is when Linda Westinghouse (Ewa Stromberg as the Harker character) meets Countess Carody for the first time--it's Soledad Miranda, the mysterious, exotic and doomed Portugese beauty in all her resplendent glory: tanned, moist and clad in a white bikini, her depthless eyes shielded by huge sunglasses. A vampire sunbathing! How cool. Of course they promptly head to a secluded beach for some nude frolicking. Delightful!
Along with the well-known soundtrack, VAMPYROS LESBOS offers lots of funny arthouse satire, and a fairly efficient plotline. But the real reason to watch this film is for the one and only Soledad Miranda, who across thirty years still has the power to captivate viewers. With those surreal, dreamy sequences of her dancing with a mannequin, and her frequent nude scenes, you too will find her clouding your mind. Sadly, she was killed in a car accident not long after finishing this film. Alas, Soledad Miranda...
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
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What can you (not) say about this movie: Mad trancendental set design, a hypnotic soundtrack and (a rare time-capsule)to the most wicked sick women ever to grace the high concept film genere. Soledad Miranda by herself sells the DVD! But the DVD also includes stunning Ewa Stromberg and bedroom eyed Heidrum Kussin.
But this high concept "Adult Fantasy" is not just a cavalcade of Spanish and German beauties..NO SIR! With it's brash "1970 's style" hallucinogenic sets, idilic setting in Istanbul, Turkey (Precariously nestled between islands and the Black Sea) and an idea that still breathes full of life 30 years after it's release. Even though the DVD has slight distortions, blips and mild scratches,it does nothing but perhaps to serve as character for this film. This film screams 70's chic and I find it only appropiate that it look as such.
The storyline is definitely one of the more abstract and twisted ones that I can remember. Even though the plot can become somewhat convoluted in parts, the movie still stands up visually, conceptually and phonically. In the years following this movie: Pink Flamingos, Gummo, Baxter and a few others have captured the same visionary outlook. But "Vampyros Lesbos" I think takes the cake. Originally shot in Spanish, the DVD version uses the uncut German language version - more risque content. The German dubbing adds to the feel of the feature, it helps in a way to make the film more erotic, with German being such a strong, forceful, yet pleasing and sensual language.
Another intriguing aspect of the film is the lamentable sub-plot of tragic star Soledad Miranda (explained on the inside cover/leaflet) and the long uphill climb it took to get this movie to the U.S (also in leaflet that comes with DVD).
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34 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very challenging but wonderful October 6, 2004
Format:DVD
Jesus "Jess" Franco is a director that's sort of a secret amongst serious horror film fans. If you're the type of casual fan of the genre who thinks that "Friday the 13th," "Halloween," and "A Nightmare on Elm Street" are the best films the horror industry ever made, you have never heard of Jess Franco. If you think the "Leprechaun" franchise constitutes the apogee of the horror genre, you have never heard of Jess Franco. If you think collecting Wes Craven and John Carpenter films are as far as you need to go to balance out your DVD collection, you have never heard of Jess Franco. I don't mean to give the impression that Franco is the best directorial talent ever seen in the field, because he definitely isn't, but I have found that knowledge about some of this man's films is one of the best ways to distinguish the novices from the veterans. His best known film remains "Vampyros Lesbos," a fascinating take on the age-old vampire legend. This movie isn't for everyone, so look for something milder like "The Blood of Fu Manchu," "Faceless," or "Ilsa, The Wicked Warden" if you wish to adapt to his style by degrees. Whatever you decide to do, Jess Franco might just surprise you.

"Vampyros Lesbos" is an amazing film in ways not initially obvious. The plot is as thin as a communion wafer, and on the surface about as interesting as one. Linda Westinghouse (Ewa Stromberg), a beautiful blonde, heads to Turkey to assist the enigmatic Countess Nadine Carody (Soledad Miranda) clear up some paperwork about an inheritance. That the inheritance has something to do with a Count Dracula never impresses itself on Westinghouse's mind.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Two chicks are trying to be?
Very primitive music, ugly chicks, boring just for a start. Trying to connect reality with unreality is not easy as this flick proves. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Alexferdman
4.0 out of 5 stars Another Early Erotic Horror Film
I'm not sure how this film did when it was released...but all these years later, it serves as a great example of early erotic horror, art film and alternative music. Read more
Published on October 19, 2012 by The JuRK
5.0 out of 5 stars Carefully orchestrated psychedelic imagery.
This is another cinematic masterpiece by Spanish director Jesús Franco. It's groundbreaking for its time, and the carefully orchestrated psychedelic imagery is very... Read more
Published on September 2, 2011 by Chris DeVaas
5.0 out of 5 stars The Power Of Lust...
VAMPYROS LESBOS concerns lawyer, Linda Westinghouse and her dreams about a mysterious woman. These dreams become reality when Westinghouse is sent to a tiny island to meet Countess... Read more
Published on August 21, 2011 by Bindy Sue Frřnkünschtein
5.0 out of 5 stars Vampyros Lesbos: A gem in the rough.
I just picked up a copy of this movie used and I must say that I am not at all disapointed with it. It has a very trippy, kind of haunting soundtrack and I tend to agree with some... Read more
Published on June 25, 2008 by John F. Campbell
2.0 out of 5 stars It's Jess Franco, how good can it be?
Vampyros [censored for Amazon consumption] (Jess Franco, 1971)

Why oh why do I keep watching Jess Franco films? Read more
Published on February 19, 2008 by Robert Beveridge
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow!
Un film superbe,

Psychédélique, groovy et sexy à souhait.

Soledad Miranda est purement magnifique, ses yeux noirs nous hypnotisent, son... Read more
Published on December 18, 2007 by Jean-Pierre Malo
5.0 out of 5 stars very artistic filmmaking
i love the symbolism here--everytime nadine wants to make a strike, the camera zooms in on a scorpion walking the premises of her castle. Read more
Published on October 5, 2007 by black mamba
1.0 out of 5 stars I don't think so
I first got this movie because of the title; Vampyros LESBOS. I was like ALRIGHT, I'm a guy and I like to see lesbians having sex; not because of any other reason than I don't... Read more
Published on November 8, 2005 by Edward C. Jones III
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't fall prey to the hype
This movie is a great example of how a bad film becomes tagged with the "cult classic" label. I think that this happened because when it came out in 1970 it was kind of risque,... Read more
Published on March 26, 2005 by Davlo
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