5.0 out of 5 stars The Pinnacle of Lesbian Vampire Movies
There must be some subliminal message in this movie that I respond to. I have watched it over and over. The Countess is so beautifully evil; she made me fall under her spell. I have heard her described as a "Satanic Auntie Mame". She makes evil so seductive and fun. Even though I have a dark obessesion fop this movie, freinds I have shown it to describe it as...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful but a bit Boring
Daughters of darkness has what most recent horror flicks lack, georgeous yet creepy environments, unique somewhat complex characters, a slow buildup of tension, but it could simply use a little more action. The climax is disappointing given all the cinematic energy expended earlier in the film. The lesbian theme may have been provacative in 1970 but is very tame today. A...
Published on Jan 25 2002
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Bewitching Vampire Tale...,
Daughters of Darkness is a vampire tale with a malevolently chilly and sexually tense atmosphere that haunts the mind with its subtle approach as Kümel avoids the popular approach of vampires. The vampires do not sleep in coffins nor attack the necks of their victims with sharpened elongated teeth. Instead Kümel disguises the threat of evil behind courteous behavior, alluring charm, and vivid gesticulations that become passionately seductive for the characters in the film. In addition, the mise-en-scene is strongly suggestive and vibrant colors are used in order to enhance the bewitching atmosphere that is viewed by the audience. This leaves the viewer with an uneasy, but artistic cinematic experience that selective audiences will appreciate.
5.0 out of 5 stars The Pinnacle of Lesbian Vampire Movies,
2.0 out of 5 stars Ehh, it's okay... 2.5 actually,
4.0 out of 5 stars Fangless but cool,
If you like mood and visuals over plot - and are cool with Jean Rollin type lesbian vampires, then this film is for you. I'd seen it already years ago on VHS and had to own it on DVD!!
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic,
Compared to current movie fare, this is extremely tame with it's allusions to S&M and chic debauchery, but the european elegance of the film will satisfy the die hard vampire film fan who enjoys the older movies that defined the genre in the late 60s and into the 70s. Not as openly sexual as the lush offerings of a Hammer film, it has it's own more subtle erotic charm.
4.0 out of 5 stars A Guilty Pleasure,
Notorious when it was released theatrically in 1971 for its brief explicitness, this unexpurgated version is pure escapist Eurotrash and wonderfully watchable! It should appeal to both fans of camp classics as well as vampire movie buffs.
3.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful but a bit Boring,
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5.0 out of 5 stars Glamour and Horror never looked better,
put forward. Who cares if the story doesn't make sense?
The visual beauty of this film will make you forget all about
silly things like plots! We must remember, Vampires don't really
exist everyone! And if they did, lets hope they are as beautiful
as the Countess is in this film. Lush costumes, hair, and make-up
can definatley save many a vampire film as can erie locations
and haunting photography. Reminds one of the Mario Bava films
of the 60's but a little hipper.
I loved it and all those technical snobs can stuff it!
4.0 out of 5 stars Flows Despite Its Flaws,
While an entire mystique has developed around Bathory, let's remember that she was a real person, who actually believed that bathing in virgins' blood would sustain her youthful beauty. Perverse, in other words, but strictly material --- there was nothing supernatural about her.
The problem with "Daughters," though, is not that it reinterprets Bathory as a supernatural being. Bram Stoker was guilty of the same thing in his reconfigured version of Vlad Tepes. But at least Stoker was consistent --- he reinvented "Dracula" in his own terms, and did not arbitrarily mix the supernatural laws governing one sort of vampire with those of another.
By contrast, "Daughters" mixes legends. Why, for example, do we hear a sudden outburst of "cue music" when Stefan accidentally nicks his neck shaving? It's obviously a moment that director Kumel carefully prepares us for, but the strategem backfires, because the Countess is not that sort of vampire.
Why, moreover, does the Countess hold a seemingly supernatural, Svengali-like hold over her victims, rather than merely erotic control? And why does she keep "reincarnating" in body after body, when this, too, has no connection with either Bathory or conventional vampire lore?
Why, too, does "Ilona" recoil from a shower near the end of the film? Her fear of running water has us connecting Bathorian vampirism with the Stokeresque variety, but for no legitimate reason.
On top of all this, it's left unexplained why John Karlen should at one point be incited by a thunderstorm to flagellate his mistress. What's this --- a reference to Sturm und Drang, or another mysterious link with the Countess? If the latter, then it would probably be the result of the Countess's interest in Valerie --- therefore, it would make more sense for Valerie to be attacking Stefan, not the other way around.
And why, when the Countess first meets Pierre, does he say she looks "just like" a woman who visited the hotel 40 years ago? Since he's obviously referring to the same woman, wouldn't any self-respecting vampire have changed her hairstyle since the Depression era? Pretty gauche, if you ask me.
Despite these flaws, I love "Daughters of Darkness" for its beautifully decadent mood, its characters' talent for self-destruction, its unique score, and the incredibly luscious Andrea Rau in the role of "Ilona." I've watched the film repeatedly for the last 14 years, and it's never lost its power. Which only shows that there are sometimes more important things in a film than logic.
4.0 out of 5 stars A mesmerizing and atypical vampire film,
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