Release date: 1977
Klimovsky is one of the staples of the euro-horror genre and directed several films that we have already looked at here, these being Werewolf’s Shadow, The Dracula Saga and The Vampire’s Night Orgy.
As El Extraño Amor de los Vampiros, as it was domestically known, began I really didn’t know what to expect. A kind of psychedelic negative of vampire and victim was serenaded by a caustic electric guitar and then… we were in a 18th or 19th century period piece that seemed typical euro-horror fare. Indeed I was prepared to be a little disappointed. The obviously ex-vhs print was too washed out and blurred to allow an exploration of the expected cinematography, the film's dub was that extreme type of dubbing where every character seems to be incredibly patronising in their speech and the setting was too familiar to offer any originality. How wrong I was – not on the first two points – but the lore suddenly twisted into something magnificent.
|gratuitous screenshot of a wench|
Lore, it seems, is not the villager's strong suit. That evening two women come to the grave and open it. They lift the coffin lid and remove the stake. Marian’s eyes snap open and the two vampire women help the newly raised vampire from her grave. She walks towards the cemetery gates where a cloaked male vampire waits for her. The villagers are of course not too happy about finding the open grave the next day.
|Emma Cohen as Catherine|
|Count Rudolph bitten|
|the night of the walking dead|
|nail in the head|
So, some great lore – I loved the vampire party and the nail through the head. The ending is deliciously dour. However the print I saw left a lot to be desired and the dubbing is awful. This is screaming for a digitally restored release, in its original language with subtitles. As it stands the lore carries this to 6 out of 10 – a better print that reveals the cinematography and good original acting might well push the score higher.
The imdb page is here.