Blood of the Tribades
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DVD bonus features: Directors' Commentary, Trailer
2000 years after the great vampire Bathor established the village of Bathory, superstition and religious violence take over as the men and women battle for control. When the men are afflicted with a mysterious illness, they become certain that the vampire women of Bathory are responsible for their ills, and thus, the hunt begins! Long-forgotten lovers Élisabeth and Fantine find that, with the help of those who were banished, it is their fate to piece together the past and help preserve what little of their society remains before Bathor's impending return and judgment.
...a love letter to offbeat lesbian vampire films that offers powerful discourse on self-identity, feminism, and the violence wrought from religious dogma. Immersive, elegantly photographed, and guided by a terrific original score by Night Kisses, Blood of the Tribades urges vampire tradition forward in challenging new directions. --Chris Hallock, Boston Underground Film Festival
...the film examines the perception of women in an oppressively masculine society, one in which they are taught obedience and complacency, remaining the unwitting victims of theocratic doctrine weaponised by dogmatic fundamentalists...8/10 --Andrew Marshall, Starburst Magazine
...a considerable achievement visually, with meticulously considered shot compositions and a lush colour palette that enhances and foregrounds the colours of the natural world. Pink skies reflect in slivers of water and nature s various shades of green seem to pulsate from the screen" "...acts as an attack on those who bend religion to their own ends, and serves to highlight the detriment (to both men and women) brought about by patriarchy and male privilege. --Kevan Farrow, Scream
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The soundtrack, locations and acting were all wonderful.
This film is definitely worth watching
BLOOD OF THE TRIBADES first and foremost is about world building; the flick is set in a reality where a vampire named Bathor turned a village into bloodsuckers, taught them how to live high on the hog, and peaced die-rectly out of there with a promise to return in 2000 years. Now, said vamps are a forgetful bunch by nature, so before long they can’t recall the great society (or its language, which suitably is French) set in motion by Bathor and become segregated by sex thanks to a real psycho vamp named Grando (played with scenery chewing gusto by Seth Chatfield… seriously, this cat is fan-freakin’-tastic) whose bag is to destroy those he feels have sinned against the way of Bathor. It is then up to lovers Élisabeth and Fantine to bring about change based on the ways of the past. Violence, bloodshed, and a lil’ sexy-time ensue.
The story BLOOD OF THE TRIBADES presents is refreshingly uncommon in today’s slasher/ghost/found footage saturated horror biz, featuring a unique, fully realized world unto its own—a world populated by vampires that roam forests and ruins, with nary a non-vamp in sight, and as mentioned above, one with its own hierarchy and class system in place. Besides the immersive mythology of the piece, the impressive array of locales—many absolutely gorgeous—on display in this film is astounding; especially considering it’s a low-budget independent flick. Also as stated previously, this film seeks to evoke the atmosphere of European arthouse/horror flick hybrids of the 1970s, and it succeeds rather admirably at that; the costuming in particular echoes the genre perfectly, as does the abundance of blood and female flesh on display (but as this is a film with a point to make regarding segregation based upon sex, the male form is equally represented, so if the D is yer thang, rock on!).
All in all this is one hell of a flick: unique, surreal and chock full of the bloody and beautiful goods that lovers of the Euro-horror genre dig like a grave!
There's a scene toward the middle of the film where one of the disease-ridden cult members is cured and he realizes that it is one of the cult's rituals that is making them all sick. So he returns to the cult and announces the cure. And they kill him. That's when I realized that this is a movie about religion.
The music and photography are really top-notch. Excellent locations. Great special effects, especially the subtle puff of red smoke when someone dies. Soul leaving?
Not for the faint of heart, but really worth watching.
Blood of the Tribades
Also, there's tits!
This is a great effort by some young independent artists who are making their mark. Fantastic soundtrack as well-- which is not surprising given the musicians that are a part of this movie's creation.
So invest a couple of bucks and a couple of hours. You will be very glad you did!