Blood of the Virgins – original title: Sangre de vírgenes – is a 1967 Argentinian gothic horror film about vampirism directed by Emilio Vieyra (The Curious Dr. Humpp). It stars Ricardo Bauleo, Susana Beltrán, Gloria Prat and Walter Kliche.
Ofelia’s wedding day is approaching and she is to be married to Eduardo. She has some pre-wedding jitters during a meeting with her lover Gustavo but decides to tie the knot anyways. On her wedding night, Gustavo shows up in their room, murders Eduardo, and proceeds to turn Ofelia into a vampire so that they can be together forever.
In the present day, a group of young men and women take shelter in an abandoned lodge after their van breaks down. Soon, Ofelia appears and seduces one of the guys and meanwhile the girls go missing. It is up to the other guys to figure out what is happening and Ofelia must make a decision as to how much longer she can continue with her cursed life…
“Visually exotic. Intellectually bankrupt. Sexually arrested. Blood of the Virgins may appear to vie for the gutter-poetic resonance of Jess Franco’s Dracula, Prisoner of Frankenstein and/or the spook-show elegance of Gerry De Leon’s The Blood Drinkers, but it fools no-one. This is disposable, semi-sexy, insomnia-curing, faux-gothic nonsense that works great when you’re not really paying attention.” Joseph A. Ziemba, Bleeding Skull!
” … a truly enjoyable film. At the paltry 77 minutes, it’s also just long enough to avoid being boring despite the near total lack of action. The atmospheric sequences accompanied by an excellent musical score are absorbing for their sheer beauty. The film is a visual feast and one tends to forget the problems with the script.” Branislav L. Slantchev, Gotterdammerung.org
“It’s not a classic vampire flick by any stretch of the imagination, but there is plenty of atmosphere, the women are beautiful, and the eye-popping gore, which comes out of nowhere, really sets this film apart from any other vampire film made in the world! Just one of Vieyra’s odd touches is a series of red-tinted inserts with a seagull flying (in place of the standard vampire bat), which sounds ridiculous but only further adds to the unique viewing experience.” Casey Scott, DVD Drive-In
“Though not particularly groundbreaking, Blood of the Virgins is tons of fun as an oddball entry in the sexy vampire sweepstakes led by the likes of Hammer and Jean Rollin. The plot is actually a bit more twisty and imaginative than the usual old dark house routine, though even with such a short running time the film is guilty of some outrageous but not entirely unwelcome padding (the early party scenes, for example).” Mondo Digital
“An early montage of the protagonists frolicking in the snow could have come right out of an AIP picture like Ski Party… until a wandering hand hikes a skirt up to garter level and a topless girl go-go dances on a bar (with the camera peeking into areas that would cause Sam Arkoff to bite off his cigar). Additionally, Beltran is vampirized while topless and appears unclothed at other points as well…” By John Charles
Cast and characters:
- Ricardo Bauleo … Tito Ledesma
- Susana Beltrán … Ofelia
- Gloria Prat … Laura
- Walter Kliche … Gustavo
- Rolo Puente … Raúl Aguilar
- Emilio Vieyra … Comisario Martinez