THE HERITAGE OF DRACULA; LESBIAN VAMPIRES; THE SIGN OF DRACULA
Vampyros Lesbos was one of a series of softcore lesbian vampire films that came out around the same time, including the likes of Hammers Karnstein trilogy begun with The Vampire Lovers (1970), The Blood Spattered Bride (1972) and the arty Daughters of Darkness (1971). Vampyros Lesbos is a softcore lesbian take on Dracula (1897) a story that Franco notedly made a straight adaptation of the same year with Count Dracula starring Christopher Lee. The first half of the story is taken direct from Jonathan Harkers trip to Transylvania in Dracula here Ewa Stromberg travels to an island off Istanbul where she is seduced by Soledad Mirandas lesbian countess. Upon her return, she is placed in the Seward asylum where Seward becomes amalgamated into the role of Van Helsing and Ewa Stromberg then takes on the Mina Harker role. There is even a female equivalent of Renfield, played by Heidrin Kussin, which, given the films lesbian interpretation, offers intriguing insight into the character and his peculiar worship of Dracula.
Like most of Jesus Francos horror outings of the period, Vampyros Lesbos is a softcore film shot through with artistic pretensions the likes of a mimed stage play with nude girls and strange cuts away from softcore/vampiric action to bugs crawling and blood drops spattered on a window. There is also a spacey musical score. The film is shot in excellent colour, which does make it look better budgeted than many of Francos other films.
Jesus Francos other genre films are: The Awful Dr Orloff (1962), The Sadistic Baron Von Klaus (1962), The Secret of Dr Orloff (1964), Attack of the Robots (1966), The Diabolical Dr Z/Miss Death (1966), The Blood of Fu Manchu (1968), Necronomicon/Succubus (1968), The Castle of Fu Manchu (1969), Justine (1969), Kiss Me Monster (1969), 99 Women (1969), Sadisterotica/Red Lips (1969), The Girl from Rio (1969), Venus in Furs/Paroxysmus (1969), The Bloody Judge/Night of the Blood Monster (1970), Count Dracula (1970), Eugenie/Philosophy in the Boudoir (1970), Nightmares Come at Night (1970), Dracula, Prisoner of Frankenstein (1971), She Killed in Ecstasy (1971), The Corpse Packs His Bags (1972), Daughter of Dracula (1972), The Demons (1972), Doctor Mabuse (1972), The Erotic Adventures of Frankenstein (1972), The Silence of the Tomb (1972), The Sinister Eyes of Dr Orloff (1973), The Bare-Breasted Countess/Eroti-Kill/Female Vampire (1973), The Erotic Adventures of Maciste in Atlantis (1973), The Obscene Mirror (1973), A Virgin Among the Living Dead/Christina, Princess of Eroticism (1973), Lorna the Exorcist (1974), The Perverse Countess (1974), Eugenie (1975), Doriana Grey (1976), Jack the Ripper (1976), Night of the Assassins (1976), Sexy Sisters (1976), Greta the Mad Butcher/Wanda the Wicked Warden (1977), Call of the Blonde Goddess/Voodoo Passion (1977), Wicked Women (1977), Demoniac/Exorcism/The Ripper of Notre Dame (1979), Man Hunter/The Devil Hunter (1980), White Cannibal Queen (1980), Bloody Moon (1981), Oasis of the Zombies (1981), Revenge of the House of Usher (1982), Grave of the Living Dead (1983), The Treasure of the White Goddess (1983), The Sinister Dr Orloff (1984), Mansion of the Living Dead (1985), Faceless (1987), The Killer Barbies (1996), Lust for Frankenstein (1998), Marie-Cookie and the Killer Tarantula in 8 Legs to Love You (1998), Tender Flesh (1998), Vampire Blues (1999), Vampire Junction (2001), Incubus (2002), Killer Barbies vs Dracula (2002), Snakewoman (2005), Paula-Paula (2010), Al Pereira vs the Alligator Ladies (2012), Crypt of the Condemned (2012) and Revenge of the Alligator Ladies (2013).
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