Slaughter of the Vampires / La strage dei vampiri (1962)

3.0 out of 5

Nightfall. A mob of angry villagers brandishing pitchforks and blazing torches hunt down a vampire couple. The bride of the vampire stumbles, falls and is impaled through the heart as the vampire makes his escape into the night.

Alone and without a companion, our suave, gentlemanly and highly romantic vampire seeks for himself a new bride to share the caliginosity with while preying on the aristocracy and terrorizing a couple while residing beneath their estate in a darkened cellar chamber.

Directed and written by Roberto Mauri and starring Dieter Eppler as the vampire with Walter Brandi and Graziella Granata as the terrorized couple. Slaughter Of The Vampires is often missing the usual atmosphere, that is until the film's climax, and Dieter Eppler comes across as more of a weirdo than a sinister vampire.

However, that aside, the film boasts plenty of beautiful women with heaving and even sometimes bouncing bosoms with ample cleavage for male fans of the genre. The score is also noteworthy as are the sets and costumes. If only it had a little more atmosphere and a tighter script it may have been great.

The film passes for a reasonable night's veiwing.

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