Vampyros Lesbos (1971)

It’s Halloween and instead of home doing a little trick or treating and having a horror movie marathon, I’m catching a flight to Amsterdam for a week. Sometimes DJ life can get in the way of enjoying the simple times of home life but duty calls.  Luckily for us, technology works wonders so I’ll be enjoying one of my favorites, Vampyros Lesbos (1971) on the flight over.

“Ewa Stroemberg stars as Linda Westinghouse, an American working at a Turkish legal firm. Linda is plagued and thrilled by a series of erotic dreams concerning a mysterious vampire woman who seduces her before feeding on her blood. When she travels to an island to settle Countess Carody’s inheritance, Lucy recognizes the beautiful woman as the vampire from her dreams.

Vampyros Lesbos (aka Las Vampiras) is a West German/Spanish film directed by Jess Franco. It was filmed in 1970 in Turkey. It is a surrealistic reworking of Bram Stoker’s short story “Dracula’s Guest” and has acquired a substantial cult following due to its hallucinatory erotic imagery and a sexy performance by Soledad Miranda as vampiric Countess Nadine Corody. It was a success in theaters in Europe on its release and was the first film to have a more psychedelic score for a Franco film and the first to have a lesbian theme as a prominent feature of the film. The film’s score became popular in the mid-1990s when it was included on the compilation Vampyros Lesbos: Sexadelic Dance Party, an album that became a top ten hit on the British Alternative charts.”

(Grindhouse Theater)