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      Vampyros Lesbos

      Released Jul 15, 1971 1h 29m Horror List
      56% Tomatometer 9 Reviews 47% Audience Score 2,500+ Ratings Linda Westinghouse (Ewa Stroemberg) is an American living in Istanbul. After having a recurring dream in which she is seduced by a gorgeous vampire, Linda is sent to a small island for her work. There, she meets and is actually seduced by Countess Nadine (Soledad Miranda), a dark, beautiful nightclub owner whom she immediately recognizes as the seductress from her dreams. When the conniving Dr. Seward (Dennis Price) learns of this, he contacts Linda, hoping to use her to become undead himself. Read More Read Less

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      Scott Tobias The Dissolve Franco brings it across with a bright yet minimalist color scheme, scene-setting shots of Istanbul's spires and glimmering seas, and more zooms than a Formula One car on race day. Rated: 3/5 May 11, 2015 Full Review Jonathan Rosenbaum Chicago Reader Extremely prolific and generally untalented, Jess Franco is the Spanish Ed Wood, albeit without Wood's gift for humorously inane dialogue. Mar 13, 2007 Full Review Ed Gonzalez Slant Magazine a pyscho-sexadelic celebration of soft-core lesbianism and vampire lore. Rated: 3.5/4 Apr 16, 2002 Full Review Rob Gonsalves Rob's Movie Vault One of those cult movies that appeal more just because they exist than because of anything actually in the film. Rated: C- Nov 29, 2022 Full Review Nadine Smith them. While it’s hard to dispute Vampyros Lesbos as an object produced primarily for the titillation of the male gaze, there’s something thrilling about reclaiming a film so terrified and almost worshipful of the carnal power that queer women possess. Oct 27, 2022 Full Review Fernando F. Croce CinePassion Try to locate a narrative, and the whole thing dissolves; better to take the lead of Heidrum Kussin's buxom, straitjacketed Reinfeld, who emerges from the reverie bewildered and aroused. Nov 5, 2008 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Taylor L There's no setting more accepting and supportive of a homoerotic relationship than Turkey, or so I'm told. Ok so imagine Dracula but it's on an exotic island and the main characters are both beautiful women who decide to swim naked together the first minute they meet. On the one hand, it is pretty low-budget and features a lot of softcore pornographic scenes that you're either going to think are unnecessarily long or brilliantly subversive; it's got the slow, dreamlike energy of a film that wants to be slightly delirious or simply has very little substance. Part of the reason it's difficult to interpret Vampyros Lesbos as some sort of subversion of traditional fears of feminine sexuality is because the film's director, Jesús Franco, is known almost exclusively for his exploitation and B-movies that have typically been considered not much more than pulp. The story is understandably weak, but it is also a pretty interesting take on the source material (at least as a premise), one that seems appropriate for the period in which is was released as the mainstream was embracing a new understanding of sexual desire. Now a cult film and probably the best known work from its prolific low-budget director, Vampyros Lesbos didn't really cast a spell on me in the way that it seems to have many other fans of exploitation films. It's got some experimental/amateurish cinematography but nice color and a particularly good psychedelic soundtrack, one that was groovy enough to take on a life of its own decades after the film was released. (2.5/5) Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 10/13/22 Full Review Audience Member Not that good, but whatever I wasn't expecting much. I did enjoy that it felt like a Time Capsule to the 70s weirdo Turkish life, but regardless, this is probably the only time I'll ever watch the movie. Meh concept, ok execution. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/16/23 Full Review Audience Member Somehow trashy and pretentious, all at the same time. A woman starts having strange, erotic dreams. Meanwhile she is resolving an inheritance issue on behalf of a Countess who inherited an estate from Count Dracula. Once she meets the Countess she starts to figure that this case and her dreams may be linked... Well, that's as much as I could figure out, plot-wise. It is all over the place and the plot is really quite token. The whole movie is a classic example of the 70s horror-exploitation genre: horror theme, basic, nonsensical plot, much gratuitous female nudity, all done in a faux arty sort of way. While this may have worked in the 70s, it is quite silly now. Quite tame now too. Not worth watching, for any reason. Rated 1.5 out of 5 stars 01/20/23 Full Review Audience Member Entertaining euro trash; high points being the trippy soundtrack and Soledad Miranda's intoxicating on screen presence. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/20/23 Full Review david f This stylish retro vampire lesbian horror film is a somewhat superior exploitation film owing to its good soundtrack and the mesmerizing acting of Soledad Miranda. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member Tedious titillation improved by some gorgeous (and sometimes peculiarly decorated - even for the time) settings, occasionally interesting camerawork, and a really great score. Rated 1.5 out of 5 stars 01/12/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Movie Info

      Synopsis Linda Westinghouse (Ewa Stroemberg) is an American living in Istanbul. After having a recurring dream in which she is seduced by a gorgeous vampire, Linda is sent to a small island for her work. There, she meets and is actually seduced by Countess Nadine (Soledad Miranda), a dark, beautiful nightclub owner whom she immediately recognizes as the seductress from her dreams. When the conniving Dr. Seward (Dennis Price) learns of this, he contacts Linda, hoping to use her to become undead himself.
      Director
      Jess Franco
      Producer
      Karl Heinz Mannchen
      Screenwriter
      Jaime Chávarri, Jess Franco, Anne Settimó
      Genre
      Horror
      Original Language
      German
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Jul 15, 1971, Original
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Apr 29, 2017
      Runtime
      1h 29m