Two blind young women enter "Les Glycines", a religious orphanage in rural France. Apparently, the two lost their sight at a very early age and for no apparent reason. Assigned to the case is Dr. Dennary, an expert eye specialist who seeks to unravel some of the reasons for their condition. Little do the doctor and the nuns in the orphanage know that at night, the two girls can see just fine. At night is when the two girls turn into vampires and sneak out of their bedroom window to scour the orphanage's external surroundings for human blood. After a while, Dr. Dennary and the two orphans will relocate to Paris in an apartment, which suits the two orphans just fine since in the city the streets at night are a haven for fresh blood...
"Two Orphan Vampires" captures a good 70's eurohorror vibe but with a modern look and minus the grainy picture. There is precious little gore effects in this one, besides a sickening scene involving the throat-ripping of a dog in a cemetery. Mostly it's just a few blood capsules dripping down the orphans' necks when they kill a victim. There is only one scene of nudity, where the two orphans (who barely look older than eighteen I might add) bare all at dusk during one of their night crawling expeditions. Despite the absence of nudity and blood (or action, for that matter) what kept my eyes glued to the screen was the amazing sense of atmosphere Rollin created.Read more ›
Anyway, there's very little vampire imagery, except when they feed briefly from each other.
The dialogue is terrible. They're in a graveyard ambushing someone. A young couple going there to make-out , see them hiding. One says "Look, they are evil creatures!" like they can spot them a mile away.
Very, very silly.
And the girls are quite adorable, whether tapping their way in a cemetery or ripping out some guy's throat on the Brooklyn Bridge.
The film is also a nice companion to Le Fiancee du Dracula, another recent effort, which mixes Rollin's ideas with a bit of Clive Barker, and features the splendid Brigitte Lahaie.