Friday, April 17, 2015

Vampiress Review: "The Girl with the Hungry Eyes"

The Gist: A possessed hotel long abandoned resurrects its former owner who committed suicide there as a vampire to collect souls for it. 

Clarification:  Based on the Frietz Leiber short story of the same name Louise Bellflore was a model in the 1930's who owned the hotel.  When she found out her husband was cheating on her she hung herself in her room.  Without her the hotel eventually went under.  After the last tenant left (a homeless man straggling there in modern day Miami) the hotel brings her back in an effort to save itself.

In order to do this she must collect souls by killing people via sucking their blood.  Along the way she meets a photographer whose down on his luck and they take interest in one another (being that they're both tortured souls) much to the dismay of the possessed hotel. 

Selling Point:  Don't let the love story part of the plot fool you, this movie is genuinely creepy.  There are some slightly funny scenes as Louise is pretty looney at a certain point but if you are in the mood for a scary vampire movie this is a pretty good one. They definitely don't make them like this anymore.

Female Vampire Factor:  The only one is Louise played by Christina Fulton but she's more than enough.  The entire movie pretty much follows her going in an out of blood rage and as mentioned when she gets hungry she's pretty nuts in a creepy Nosferatu sort of way.
The funny thing about this is that everyone who runs into her while like that just passes her off as being a junky which would be understandable if it weren't for the fact that her fangs are in full view when she's raging and stay out till she finally feeds which means full on conversations with people with fangs in full view and them acting like it's nothing.
Basically the movie jumps back and forth between extremely dark horror and extremely sadistic comedy. It's an acquired taste but definitely works and Louise is very sexy when she gives in to the blood lust and goes after a victim.  I give the film a Vampire Beauty Rating of 5 out of 5.


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