Review: Daughters of Darkness (1971)

Thank God for retired cops who snoop around vampires. It doesn’t help though. Still; An awesome retro vampire flick!

DaughtersOfDarknessBlu-ray“DAUGHTERS OF DARKNESS” (Les lèvres rouges)

Director: Harry Kümel
Stars: Delphine Seyrig, Danielle Ouimet, Andrea Rau
Distributor: Blue Underground
Runtime: 100 mins

“You must have a secret? Every woman would sell her soul to stay young.”


A newlywed couple (Stefan & Valerie) takes in to a hotel on their way to meet his mother. A certain Elizabeth Bathory and her muse/secretary/accomplish takes in to the same hotel. The Clerk seems to recognise Bathory from fourty years earlier. At the same time female murder-victims keep poping up in the towns around. Stefan changes, and gets a morbid curiosity around these blood-drenched victims. The socializing with Bathory and her “secretary” gets weird and scary for Valerie. And who is really Stefans “mother”? It looks like everybody have a secret.


It drives in a slow, hypnotic almost dreamlike pace. Well made, well played and with a superb use of the colours red, black and white. Did I mention the awesome soundtrack?


The Blue Underground BLU-RAY is filled with goodies. Movie interviews of Director, Writer and actors/actresses. As a bonus you get the superb spanish “The Blood Spattered Bride”. Also an excellent movie. Get this!