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Vampyros Lesbos
Vampyros Lesbos 3.5 out of 4


Jesús Franco's Vampyros Lesbos is a pyscho-sexadelic celebration of softcore lesbianism and vampire lore. The sexy Linda Westinghouse (Ewa Strömberg) is lured into the film's erotic world of vampirism by the even-sexier Countess Nadine Carody (Soledad Miranda, who was killed shortly after the film finished shooting). Nadine's seaside abode is a minimalist's wet dream; Eames-era furniture is the perfect compliment for the film's erotic stripteases. Unlike some of Franco's more rushed productions, Lesbos is effortlessly dreamlike if not entirely loopy. At its best, Lesbos is an old-fashioned celebration of lesbian angst; indeed, Nadine's hypnotic calls to Linda could be the repressed wails of the female subconscious. Franco's attention for color and overwrought metaphors (here, kites and scorpions figure prominently) adds to the film's sinewy allure. If anything, check it out for the film's legendary retro soundtrack.

Director(s): Jesús Franco Screenwriter(s): Jaime Chávarri, Jesús Franco Cast: Ewa Strömberg, Soledad Miranda, Andrés Monales, Dennis Price, Paul Müller, Heidrun Kussin, Eva Garden, José Martínez Blanco Distributor: Floralva Exclusivas Runtime: 89 min Rating: NR Year: 1970

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