Thursday, October 06, 2022

Musty TV's Maniacal Movie Countdown - Day 6: Daughters of Darkness (1971)

The English-language, Belgian produced erotic horror film Daughters of Darkness is, at times, pretty silly when watched with modern eyes. But star Delphine Seyrig and her fabulous wardrobe make up for any problems with its clumsy action sequences and melodramatic performances.

A couple on their honeymoon check into an empty hotel in Belgium. The wife is a tad naive, and the husband is...well he's just a straight up asshole. When the mysterious Countess Báthory (Seyrig) arrives with her "secretary" Ilona, the four socialize, and...things get weird. Then sexual. Then bloody.

Like The Hunger, and a movie I will be talking about tomorrow, this queer vampire flick is all about presenting the lady vampire as the ultimate in glamour and sophistication. Báthory looks like a platinum-haired 1930's movie goddess, and her companion's resemblance to Louis Brooks is not accidental. 

I'll admit I laughed more than once, and the movie is in no way supposed to be funny. But if you can get past some of its sillier moments, and just relish in those visuals, it's a worthy viewing.

I watched Daughters of Darkness on the Criterion Channel and it is also available to stream on Shudder.

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