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Credits
  • Director: Víctor Matellano
  • Producer: Ángel Mora
  • Screenwriters: José Ramón Larraz, Víctor Matellano
  • Cast: Caroline Munro, Christian Stamm, Veronica Bacorn, Marta Flich
  • Cinematography: Daniel Salas Alberola
Product Details
  • Format: DVD
  • Catalog: ART46
  • UPC: 851597006285
  • ISBN: 978-1-939196-64-4
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Country: Spain
  • Language: English
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Year: 2015
  • Length: 82
  • Audio: 5.1 Dolby Digital
  • Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
  • Color: Color
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In 1974, an English horror film titled VAMPYRES, written and directed by José Ramón Larraz Gil , premiered to an unsuspecting world. Soon, it became a cult horror sensation because of its sensuality, its gruesomeness and its twisted atmosphere. This new version keeps those graphic elements and the twisted atmosphere, but includes more action, more horror and more gore in telling the story of two vamps that “live” in a dark manor where they bring men with the promise of sex orgies that ultimately become blood orgies.
Reviews

“A pulsating remake…It’s bloody, gory, and definitely pushes an erotic edge at the viewer. Those looking for erotic horror will want to check it out…If blood, nudity, and vampiric sex are your thing, Vampyres surely delivers in spades. – DoBlu

Vampyres is a hell of a good film, and I highly recommend it. The concept here is simple, but the execution is excellent…The special effects in Vampyres are outstanding. There are many blood-bursting throat slashes throughout the film, and they all look excellent….I recommend giving it a look if you are a fan of Jess Franco or Tinto Brass, or just erotic horror in general. Well-executed with a lot of heart, this visual feast should definitely earn a place in your film library soon. – ShatteredRavings 

Vampyres is absolutely full of nudity and blood and sex and sometimes (actually, quite often) all of them at the same time. More than once we have scenes of two nude women kissing over the bleeding body of a man, then going back in for another bite before getting back to each other…Victor Matellano’s Vampyres is a fun film, one that brings back that special feeling we often attach to 1970s horror films. It is a well shot, stylish film with a fairly simple storyline that is complemented by a copious amount of blood and nudity.” – HorrorNews

“[Remake Vampyres] ups the ante on everything, sex, gore, blood, nudity, you name it. If you are into gore than I have to say this is a bloodbath…a frantically paced gore show. If you’re a fan of vampires, horror, gore, nudity, then this is right up your alley.” MovieGraveyard

Vampyres is truly one of the recent remakes that has stayed true to the original. With its very good directing and its Gothic tone, Vampyres truly up there with Evil Dead as one of the best remakes ever done. Fans of the original will enjoy this one alongside with the original.” Review Rating: Five Stars – Film-Arcade

 “Based upon Joseph Larraz’s heavily-edited 1974 cult classic, Vampyres is a worthy spiritual successor to its namesake. As someone who saw and enjoyed the original 10 years ago, I was excited to view this version. If you like a David Lynch quality to your movies where a tone is set and developed, you will probably enjoy this film. If you are a fan of 70s flicks such as Don’t Look Now or earlier Dario Argento movies you will find an affectionately crafted homage to the slow-burn adult horror of decades past.” – RavenousMonsters

Vampyres is a love song to the erotic European vampire that’s powerfully seductive, classically Gothic, and simply pure blooded with two fantastic femme fatales. Vampyres is one of the best remakes there is, there ever was, and there ever will be by staying faithful to the Larraz’s original film and Artsploitation Films should be basking in the fresh, warm blood of their latest and greatest release.” – ItsBlogginEvil

Vampyres, the new remake of the original 1974 lesbian softcore cult classic, embodies everything that BVB: Blood Violence and Babes was founded upon. It has babes, boobs and buckets of blood. It also features some incredible freeze-frame worthy moments, none more so than an erotic bath in a claw-foot tub where vampires Fran (Marta Flich) and Miriam (Almudena Léon) ravish one another as a naked, beautiful woman hangs suspended overhead, her throat slit, bleeding out all over them as they fornicate. There’s another reason to champion Vampyres – the screen return of Caroline Munro, an original Scream Queen and drop-dead-gorgeous film femme fatale from The Spy Who Loved Me, Maniac and The Last Horror Film.” – BloodViolenceandBabes

Vampyres is a faithful adaptation that features more eroticism than its predecessor, and that’s saying a lot, considering the high eroticism of the original. This one ups the ante when it comes to both nudity and blood and there’s plenty of both. This one offers plenty to devour and something for new viewers to, hopefully, gravitate towards the original (which is currently streaming on Amazon Prime). To say the least, Vampyres, is an excitingly titillating adaptation that really captures the 70s lesbian vampire film vibe with an exquisite modern twist.” – WeAreIndieHorror

“Breasts are bared, blood flows like rain, wine is consumed, and sex is had…will anyone be able to escape the sexy embrace of these vicious vamps, or will or deadly duo continue their fang bang unabated. Vampyres is an interesting one my creeps. It’s beautifully lensed and has some truly striking visual moments (my favorite being the bath scene where our vicious vamps shower in the blood that pours down from a victim hanging above their bathtub). Vampyres is pretty solid at being what it is; an attempt at delivering the very specific aesthetics of a genre nearly forgotten, I just hope it finds its audience in this age as I’d love to see more from Víctor Matellano in this style!” – TheOutreEye

A homage to 1970s erotic Euro horror at its best, that is lovingly reminiscent of not only Larraz’ work but also the erotic horrors by the likes of Jean Rollin and Jess Franco…the whole thing works like a charm, really. Definitely worth a watch not only for fans of vintage Euro horror!” – SearchMyTrash

Vampyres has enough nudity, gore, and twisted perversion that may be a bit (and maybe bite) too much for some. While the story is a bit basic and stretches back to vampire folklore, the production design and special effects look pretty darn good.” – FulvueDrive-In

“I was pleasantly surprised to see a lot of genuine horror here, something that only increased as Vampyres went on. Of the sex scenes there is some partial nudity but they usually devolve into a (sometimes literal) blood bath and I was pleased to see the special effects for the blood letting was quite entertaining. Blood flows freely and their is dashings of the red claret as victims are ripped open and some even get hung upside down and their throat slit for the previously mentioned blood bath. Plenty of throats getting cut open, each one has fun practical effects. Of special note is the cinematography that is quite excellent. The quality of the film as a whole is very crisp, special effects as I mentioned are decent, and the variety of camera angles and editing is impressive. For someone who was expecting just an excuse for loads of trashy erotic scenes I was happy to find more of what in parts felt like tropes of the slasher genre. – RottingZombie

Sometimes it’s just not safe to pick up chicks. Consider the unsuspecting, steroid-driven, motoring males of Vampyres (1974). The hapless hunks in this English-made story of good-deed-doers done wrong stop out of the goodness of their hearts and offer rides to a mixed pair of thin, enchanting young ladies, one dark of mane, the other blonde. Naturally, if the assisted women should offer the convenience of a one-night sleepover at their vast, slightly eerie mansion, the gentlemen must oblige them. Likewise, they dare not risk hurting the feelings of the sensitive femmes by refusing their spread-legged nighttime hospitality. As they doze off into the slumber of the righteous, injustice rears its fanged head in the form of bloodsucking vampire lesbians!” – MrSkin

“Víctor Matellano reinvigorates the lost art of eroticism once found in the Horror. Matellano’s film is a modernization to the classic film Vampyres. Releasing on the 18th, October 2016 is a film long desired and much anticipated. Matellano presents a recalibrated vision to the 1975 classic. The modern interpretation molds aspects from the original. The end result is an arousing visual experience. Matellano translated a Horror classic with remarkable finesse. This is a rare example of a remake excelling the sourced material. Vampyres is a striking exhibition of sadomasochism and lust envelope with horror overtones. Each scene is a work of art. A frame is not wasted on stagnant story development. The film grips audiences from conception. Gore is not used with overexaggerated effect and neither is the nudity. Each element serves as a working component instead of a pretentious circumstance. Presented is a narrative many would consider exploitative. Yet, this is not the case. The villainesses use beauty as an instrument to ensnare prey. These women are not helpless damsels. The antagonists are a strong predatory force seeking blood and lust. The audience is fixed as voyeurs to spectacles of carnage and eroticism.DecayMag

“This film, makes things work that should not work. The sensuality aspect of this film is clever and yet very much a nod to the original. I loved the fact that this film felt very unapologetic but yet very bold in the statement it wanted to make. This film kept me intoxicated with the promise of recreating my love of old school vampire films.” WickedChannel

“What the movie lacks in plot it makes up for in sloppy bloodletting and endless nudity…that make the film feel authentically like a vintage Eurohorror movie. And for that we applaud it….Vampyres is lots of fun and its nice to see horror legends Caroline Munro (who looks great but really has nothing much to do in the film) and Tombs of the Blind Dead‘s Lone Fleming appear on screen, a touch that proves Matellano has nothing but affection for the genre’s history. Sexy, bloody and endearingly silly, Vampyres is definitely worth a watch and we will continue to follow Matellano’s career with interest.” – ComingSoon

“Definitely a remake worth seeing, and so very appropriate for the Halloween season.” – CoffeeCoffee&MoreCoffee

This erotic horror film is chock-full of the bloodiest vampire lesbianism and lesbian vampirism and should satisfy even the most pernickety of horror fans…The scenes in which the sadistic, cold-hearted Fran and Miriam are shown bathing in the blood of a young woman whom they’ve suspended, Bathory-style, over their bath is sexy and artistic at the same time, as are any scenes in which they’re naked and groping and fondling each other over the prone bodies of Ted or other male ‘visitors’ to the house. They’re beautiful women with great bodies and they’re perfect in their roles….if you like your ‘vampyres’ beautiful, sexually uninhibited and hungry for man-flesh, then you surely know what to do…” – Sandra Harris, Cinehouse

 “[Vampyres] is entirely sincere trash…it does boast plenty of flesh and blood presented in an eye-catching manner…. All things considered, though, I can’t deny I had fun with it. A bit of sexed-up vampire action is always a potent cocktail for simple, undemanding entertainment, and while Matellano’s movie might not quite match up to the power of Larraz’s original, it packs a good bit more sex and gore than a lot of similar movies do these days. No, it’s nothing you haven’t seen before, but that’s no prerequisite for 90 minutes of fun, is it? – BrutalAsHell

“There was a lot of nudity in VAMPYRES. A LOT of nudity. It seemed, in fact, that the script was written for the express purpose of getting the two vampire babes naked as often as possible…. The cinematography was quite good, the location filming atmospheric (that old house they used was tres CREEPY), and some of the visuals were sumptuous. There was this one kill scene, involving the naked lesbian vamps chewing on a hapless victim (I have no idea who he was), that was downright beautiful in a horrific way.” – LeglessCorpse

“Not to be confused with John Carpenter’s Vampires or with Jess Franco’s goofy Vampyros Lesbos (though that is one of the better trash titles of all time), this is an erotic if repetitive softcore-horror entry. The movie will please fans of vampires and lesbians, to be sure. It certainly beats anything Seduction Cinema is cranking out. A guilty pleasure if ever there was one, and far more enjoyable and to-the-point than Vampyros Lesbos. – John Gonsalves, EFilmCritic

“Loaded with sex and violence…Reminiscent of Jess Franco.”  – Tyler Doupe´, WickedHorror

“Atmospheric, surreal, and intense.” – Tyler Doupe´, WickedHorror

“You won’t be disappointed by the T & A in either frequency or quality. Marta Flich as Fran is every inch an alluring seductress, and her lover Miriam, played by Almudena León, exceeds her in malice even as she equals her in pulchritude. This is an exploitation film, after all. You want kissing and sex and blood? You’ve got it in spades.” When it comes to blood there’s enough here to slake the thirst of any but the most famished vampire. Throats are slit, faces are bitten, and arms are gashed aplenty…Bring on the sequel. – By Dave Dubrow, TheSlaughteredBird

“Visually very powerful…full of violence, cruelty and flesh.” – SpanishFear.com

“A blood-infused exploitation horror layered with the the lustful undead. This updated version of the 1974 erotic-horror cult classic has…more gore, more blood and more lust. I found parts of the film quite disturbing and definitely not for the faint-of-heart.” – Movie-Blogger.com

 

Screenings
2015 - Sitges Film Festival
2015 - Rojo Sangre Film Festival
2015 - Nocturna Film Festival
Director Interview

Interview with director Victor Mantellano HERE: http://www.searchmytrash.com/articles/victormatellano(10-16).shtml

About the Director

Víctor Matellano, born in Madrid, is a film and theater director, screenwriter and film writer and member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences of Spain. As a film director, after numerous short films such as  “Uncle Jess” and “The Ravine of the British,” he made a feature documentary titled Zarpazos! A Journey through Spanish Horror. His first feature film, released internationally, is Wax, starring Jack Taylor, Geraldine Chaplin and Jimmy Shaw. Vampyres is his second feature film. Víctor is also a member of the Cinema Writers Circle and is the author of numerous articles in trade publications and twenty books on cinema.

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Credits
  • Director: Víctor Matellano
  • Producer: Ángel Mora
  • Screenwriters: José Ramón Larraz, Víctor Matellano
  • Cast: Caroline Munro, Christian Stamm, Veronica Bacorn, Marta Flich
  • Cinematography: Daniel Salas Alberola
Product Details
  • Format: DVD
  • Catalog: ART46
  • UPC: 851597006285
  • ISBN: 978-1-939196-64-4
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Country: Spain
  • Language: English
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Year: 2015
  • Length: 82
  • Audio: 5.1 Dolby Digital
  • Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
  • Color: Color
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