Saturday, June 23, 2012

Vampiress Review:"The Brides of Dracula"

The Gist: A young schoolteacher is tricked into releasing a bloodthirsty vampire on the young women of Transylvania.

Clarification:  I was racking my brain on whether to include this film in my future blog about the sexy vampiresses of Hammer Horrors Dracula (as this movie was the sequel to Hammers original Dracula film released in 1958) but considering Dracula is not actually in the film along with how famous this film is on it's own (probably more-so than any of the Christopher Lee Dracula films are individually) the decision at the end of the day was pretty easy. Also it helped that 1973's "The Satanic Rites of Dracula" acts as it's own Brides of Dracula themed film.

Selling Point: Probably the most famous (and most copied) female vampire turn in film history.

Female Vampire Factor: This film gets a Female Vampire Rating of 5 out of 5.  First of all Baron Meinster (the main vampire in the film) was so hardcore in his turning women into vampires that he even turns his own mother.
Martita Hunt as Baroness Meinster

Second of all though she doesn't get turned Yvonne Monlaur (Marianne) was just plain hot and watching Gina beg Marianne for a kiss is a lasting memory I have no problem playing over and over.  This film is a classic in every sense of the word and probably the only falsely advertised film that could actually get away with it. (no Dracula in a movie with Dracula in the title in those days was like having a James Bond film without 007) .

Vampiress Cast

Marie Deveroux
The unknown village girl who is randomly attacked by the Baron and eventually rises from her casket to haunt the background of the rest of the film fangs blaring.  Did she have a purpose?  No... Did She need a purpose?.... No. Just more hot vampiress action to enjoy. 

Andree Melly (Gina)
I had such a crush on her after this scene it wasn't even funny.  She definitely wouldn't have had to ask me twice.  I couldn't understand why Marianne was such a prude.  It's just a shame her time as a vamp was so short lived.

  Film Stills

1 comment:

  1. Re: " It's just a shame her time as a vamp was so short lived."

    Well, her time on-screen was limited. As far as the characters, we never saw what happened to Marie's or Andree's. The vampiresses ran off when the Baron started losing the fight with van Helsing. There's no reason to think they burnt up in the mill.