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(Blue Underground) 1974. Erotic drama/horror. 88 minutes. Not rated, violence, nudity, sex. Fran (Marianne Morris) and Miriam (Anulka Dziubinska), hot female vampyres (what’s the difference between vampyres and vampires anyway?), shack up in a mansion together and roam the English countryside looking to satisfy their thirst for blood. While Miriam simply kills her victims, Fran decides to slowly bleed one of her victims, often returning to him for sex and spot of blood. Also along for the ride is a couple who squat in the front yard of the vampyres’ mansion. Bad move….
                First and foremost, Anulka Dziubinska (Playboy Playmate of the Month May 1973) is an absolute babe. Second and not so foremost, the scene in which the male squatter bites it struck me as one of the most violent vampire kills I’ve ever seen. You may or may not agree with me, but I bet the scene will shock you nonetheless. There is a lot of nudity, a lot of soft core sex, and one hilarious shot of a female plumber's crack. The eerie mansion and foggy countryside beautifully set Vampyres’ atmosphere. On the negative side, the plot is virtually nonexistent and basically goes nowhere. We know how Fran and Miriam died, but how they actually became vampires, sorry, vampyres is never explained. However, and luckily for Vampyres, the previously written positives help camouflage the lack of an actual storyline. As enjoyable as I found Vampyres, I was most surprised, and pleased, at the DVD extra interview with vamps Marianne Morris and Anulka Dziubinska; although this interview took place nearly 30 years after the production of Vampyres, the two women have yet to hit the wall and both are still drop dead gorgeous (especially my sweet Anulka). Other extras include; audio commentary by director Jose Ramone Larraz and producer Brian Smedley-Aston, trailers, poster/still gallery, few snapshots of my sweet Anulka, and a few other notables. Bloody fun time, indeed. – Denis Sheehan



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