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The Musings of an Eccentric Diva

Welcome to the Musings of an Eccentric Diva. My motto is: Giving Hollyweird movies the finger one movie at a time. Enter at your own risk (insert evil Vincent Price laughter here).
 


MOVIE REVIEW: Vampyros Lesbos 1970

American Linda Westinghouse (Ewa Strömberg) has recurring erotic dreams about a beautiful dark-haired woman. With her boyfriend Omar in tow, they venture out to an Istanbul nightclub. At the nightclub they watch a sexy, strange performance by two semi-nude beautiful women. One woman appears to be in some sort of a trance while the other woman is seemingly in control of her. Here’s the shocker…the woman in control is none other than the woman in Linda’s dreams. We find out the woman is Countess Nadine Carody (flawless Soledad Miranda) who was cursed by Count Dracula himself. She and her assistant (i.e. flunkie) Morpho live on a beautiful island. Countess Carody uses her secluded estate to lure women with the power of her mind to enslave them for her “feedings”. Linda decides to consult a psychiatrist. The doctor tells Linda there is nothing to worry about and that she may possibly be suffering from lack of excitement in the boudoir. Linda, a real estate attorney, is sent on an assignment to Greece to settle the Estate of Count Dracula and his heir is none other than…COUNTESS CARODY! Upon arrival, she is warned not to visit the estate by a strange man at her hotel. We later find out that this “good Samaritan” is not all he’s cracked up to be either. When Linda arrives at the Countess’ estate, she finds her to be charming and a very hospitable host. The two frolic around the beautiful estate and become lovers. Meanwhile, the Countess’ last victim is locked up in a mental hospital and her physician Dr. Seward (Dennis Price) would love to put an end to the Countess’ victimizing ways (or does he?). Linda becomes entranced with the beautiful Countess and it is up to Omar and Dr. Seward to break the spell. No more spoilers from me y’all!

This is a really cool, artsy flick. Although I was expecting to see more blood, I was not disappointed. This film is truly not about vampires IMO, the vampire aspect seemed to be thrown in at the final hour. I felt this was more about filming gorgeous women getting it on in fabulous locations. There are certain elements thrown in for effect that don’t make a lick of sense and have nothing to do with the film. That’s art house films for ya! The cinematography is truly beautiful and very psychedelic in nature. The soundtrack is outstanding, containing trippy jazz and lounge pieces, it fits perfectly with the mood of the story. Soledad Miranda was such a beautiful woman, I certainly would have let her bite me *smirk*. She reminds me a bit of actress Salma Hayek but yet more gorgeous than she. She died in a car accident at the tender age of 27, way before her full potential could be reached. This film contains nudity and mild violence.

VERDICT: 3 Soul Claps

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