Vampyres – Spain, 2015

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‘Lust for blood’

Vampyres – aka Las Hijas de Drácula  is a 2015 Spanish supernatural horror feature film remake of the 1974 British cult movie of the same title.

Produced by Artistic Metropol, the screenplay was by José Larraz (director of the original) and and Víctor Matellano. Larraz was working on the project before he died; Matellano took over directorial duties.

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The movie stars Caroline Munro (Dracula A.D. 1972Captain Kronos: Vampire HunterAt the Earth’s Core), Anthony Rots, Veronica Bacorn, Alina Nastase, Luis Hacha, Marta Flich, Almudena Léon, Lone Fleming (A Candle for the Devil), Antonio Mayans (Devil Hunter; Cannibal Terror), May Heatherly and Conrado San Martín.

FX were coordinated by Colin Arthur (The Never Ending Story) who was in charge of FX in the original film.

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Buy: Amazon.co.uk

Reviews:

“There are admirable attempts to recreate some of the original’s iconic scenes (the girls running through a graveyard, their black-cloaked outlines waiting by the roadside for a victim), but some inappropriate pop songs on the soundtrack (especially over the opening titles) are a serious mis-step, and the chilly, gloomy ambience that permeated the original is sadly lacking as well.” John Llewellyn Probert, House of Mortal Cinema

“Transplanting the whole thing to contemporary, non-specific Spain from the tatty, fraying edges of 1970s Britain cuts away much that makes Vampyres interesting. It’s a remake that feels like a footnote, and – though it’s scarcely an hour and a quarter long – your attention is likely to wander quite a lot while it’s running.” Kim Newman, Electric Sheep

” …thanks to it sticking so closely to the source material still highly watchable, a solid cast makes the most of a workman-like direction and a guest appearance from the scream queen of scream queens Caroline Munroe is always a good thing in a movie. Vampyres may not have the power and the vision of the original film, but it does have a sense of heart at the centre of the film…” Ginger Nuts of Horror

 

“When all is said and done, it’s a boring film. It fails to pull you into the story, or keep you invested for the entirety of its duration. If you’re looking to sit down with a film that combines erotica and gothic fantasy, it’s best to stick with the original. This is just mindless excess trying to ride the coattails of bygone era.” Jerome Reuter, That’s Not Current

“The remake is all blood and tits with no substance, context or atmosphere and would probably make a fantastic black metal music video if somebody fancies making a fan edit, and at least that way you could cut out all of the dull bits as most of the good stuff amounts to about the same running time as an epic Cradle of Filth track. Right then, get to work…” Amie Cranswick, Flickering Myth

“If you’re interested in Vampyres (or for that matter vampires) I highly recommend skipping this film and going straight to the 1974 version. The story is better, the production values are better, the costumes, the acting, the setting, everything is flat out better in the old movie. Vampyres accomplished pretty much what all remakes in the history cinema have managed to do: be worse than the original.” Che Gilson, UK Horror Scene

Release:

On September 27, 2016, Artspolitation Films released Vampyres on DVD in the US.

On 5 September, 2016, Soda Pictures released Vampyres on DVD in the UK.

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3 replies

  1. Original had flaws, but it had beautifully effective Gothic atmosphere. This looks awful, despite black rose and Caroline Munro´s nicely old-fashioned dialogue.

  2. The original film, for all its flaws, achieved something quite special (even if it did so in spite of itself). Hard to imagine a remake, but it’ll me interesting to see!

  3. Hope this turns out well. The original is a great film.

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