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Daughters of Darkness (1971)

Les lèvres rouges (original title)
R | | Horror | 22 October 1971 (USA)
A newlywed couple are passing through a vacation resort. Their paths cross with a mysterious, strikingly beautiful countess and her aide.

Director:

Harry Kümel

Writers:

Pierre Drouot (scenario), Harry Kümel (scenario) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Delphine Seyrig ... Countess Bathory
John Karlen ... Stefan / Valerie's husband
Danielle Ouimet ... Valerie / Stefan's wife
Andrea Rau ... Ilona / Countess' secretary
Paul Esser ... Hotel clerk
Georges Jamin ... Retired Policeman
Joris Collet Joris Collet ... Butler
Fons Rademakers ... Mother
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Storyline

A chic, good-looking and suitably 70's couple arrive at an extravagant and deserted seaside hotel after eloping. Stefan is wealthy and happily English, with a hidden streak of sadism, while Valarie is intelligent but of inferior (Swedish) blood. To keep her with him at the eerie hotel he lies consistantly about his relationship with his mother and his plans to tell her of their marriage. Meanwhile he has mysterious phone conversations with an older, dominant and pampered sissy. Two fresh guests arrive; the Hungarian countess, Elizabeth Bathory and her voluptuous protege, Ilona. Virgin corpses begin showing up about the city drained of their blood. A wary detective lurks around the hotel taunting his only suspect, the Countess. Written by kwedgwood@hotmail.com

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

An erotic nightmare of vampire lust [DVD] See more »

Genres:

Horror

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

Belgium | France | West Germany

Language:

English | Dutch | French | German

Release Date:

22 October 1971 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Daughters of Darkness See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(uncut)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

In 2007, Harry Kümel revealed in an Interview that initially, Delphine Seyrig, already being a well-renowned icon of sophisticated European cinema, wasn't too eager to take the part of the Countess Bathory when he sent her the script. Seyrig's Boyfriend, famous French Director Alain Resnais, was a big fan of graphic novels and when he imagined Kümel's material and idea of the film to be something of a graphic novel, he enthusiastically convinced Seyrig to take the offer. Kümel also said that, at that time, he and his co-writers thought Seyrig's consent was "too good to be true". See more »

Goofs

When Ilona is lying on the bathroom floor, bikini marks are visible. Vampires are not supposed to have tan lines. See more »

Quotes

Valerie: Don't lie to yourself, you were pleased. It gave you pleasure. You actually enjoyed to see that dead girl's body.
Stefan: And you enjoyed telling me.
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Alternate Versions

The original U.S. theatrical release was cut by approximately 12 minutes to obtain an R-rating. The "director's cut" released by Anchor Bay is the complete and uncut version of the film, containing all the violence and nudity. See more »

Connections

Version of The Countess (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

Les Lèvres Rouges (Thème)
Written and Performed by François de Roubaix And Orchestra
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Unbelievable, Incredible Vampire Film
15 August 2011 | by davidactingSee all my reviews

Stay with this film, it is incredible. Great acting, cinematography, direction. The lead actress isn't great, but the actress who plays Erzebet Bathory is phenomenal. Bizaar sets, and strange milieu really add to this film's strange portrayal of vampires and how they deal with the living. I really loved this film. Of course, today, everything happens at the speed of light. Back in 1970, they took their time with building the film and really letting it sink in before hitting you with the shocks. This one has plenty of shocking moments and some really great inventive scenes that add to the history of the vampire film. Unfortunately, today we now have 'Twilight', a disgusting parody of the genre that hopefully audiences will someday say, 'What the hell were we thinking?'.


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