Slaughter of the Vampires (1962)
aka Curse of the Blood Ghouls
aka La strage dei vampiri
Country: Italy | Director: Roberto Mauri
Language: English | Subtitles: None
Aspect ratio: Widescreen 1.85:1 | Length: 78mn
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On their wedding night, a newlywed couple find themselves menaced by a bloodthirsty vampire. Here’s a “full-blooded”, old-fashioned (some might say out-dated), baroque Italian vampire opus which deserves a better reputation than it’s achieved.
Although Hammer Studios merits credit for re-popularizing the moribund Gothic horror genre in the early 60s, the contemporaneous Latin (Italian, Spanish and Mexican) efforts usually evoke a more authentically Romantic and decadent atmosphere. This one features overwhelmingly ornate sets; voluptuous ingenues with inviting dark eyes and heaving bosoms; high-collared, flouncy-vested Don Juans; absurdly stilted dialogue; and a lush, intrusive score full of piano glissandos, piercing oboes, and even a theremin during the vampire seductions.
The deliberate pacing serves to intensify the well-timed shocks, there are some clever camera set-ups, and fine shadowy photography (particularly during the dungeon-set climax). Fans of fast-paced, violent, revisionist horror will think it a dinosaur, but connoisseurs should find it greatly satisfying.