Slaughter of the Vampires

August 27, 2010 4:03 pm 0 comments , , ,

Another night, another flick from 1970 (really 1962, but whatever). I may need to bust out Beyond the Valley of the Dolls to keep this 1970 thing going.

Slaughter of the Vampires is nothing like the name implies, especially if you consider that the film is Italian. Known for their bloody and crazy films, the Italians routinely created amazing horror films in the late ‘70s and early ‘80s. This one, however, is a by the book vamp tale complete with castles, horse and buggies, chicks in sexy gowns, and a seductive Dracula character. It’s basically a black and white version of Bram Stoker’s Dracula as interpreted by an Italian filmmaker.

By the time this film was released (U.S), Dracula was already suffering from being a bit played out. Hammer Productions was already in the process of shifting to contemporized Dracula stories with Dracula A.D. 1972 and The Satanic Rites of Dracula (both set in modern day London) and Lesbian Vamp films like The Vampire Lovers (1970) to keep it fresh. Slaughter offers nothing new, interesting, or even remotely worth sitting through a black and white dubbed film. That is, except for the actress in the bride of Dracula role. She was smoking hot (READ: Supermodel hot).

With essentially no gore, no blood, and almost no action there simply isn’t much here. The acting is spot on, the dubbing is quite good comparatively speaking, the piano heavy soundtrack is near perfect, and the atmosphere is properly formed. It’s just all been done so many times before.

Essentially, this is a film that has been rendered useless, destined to crumble away until it’s forgotten forever. Sad, but true.

Snore Factor: ZZZ

IMDB 1970

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