Devil's Wedding Night, The / Il plenilunio delle vergini (1973)

4.0 out of 5

Countess Dracula! Mystical Egyptian amulets! Wagner's Ring Cycle! A Nick Cave look-a-like! Luigi Batzella's bizarre vampire movie has them all. The quest for the all-powerful Ring of the Nibelungen takes our hero Franz to Castle Dracula, where he encounters the Count's widow, who, in the best undead tradition, is bathing in the blood of virgins.

What follows is a feast of naked virgins, duplicitous twins and lashings of devil-worship. somewhere along the line, Dracula is reincarnated, and a coven of Satanists are decapitated. In what really should be the finale, Egyptian amulet versus Teutonic ring results in more vampiric high-jinks and an unusually downbeat ending.

Superficially, Full Moon resembles Hammer's Countess Dracula, and Sarah Bay as the Countess easily matches Ingrid Pitt's villainous sexuality, even if the finished product lacks Hammer's lurid approach. The agreeable combination of nudity and vampires makes this movie hard to resist, despite the bargain basement production.

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