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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.
Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.

Daughters of Darkness (in France, Les Lèvres Rouges, and in Belgium, Les Rouges aux Lèvres) is a 1971 German-Belgium horror film, (spoken in English), directed by Harry Kümel. It is a highly styled erotic vampire movie, based on 'Camilla', the classical story of lesbian vampirism by Sheridan le Fanu. The screenplay was written by Pierre Drouot, Jean Ferry, Manfred R. Köhler and Harry Kümel.

A recently married young couple, Stefan (John Karlen) and Valerie (Daniele Ouimet), find themselves strained at a deserted grand hotel by the Belgian shore. Newly arrivals are a glamorous Hungarian countess, Elizabeth Báthory(Delphine Seyrig, channeling superbly Marlene Dietrich, and in a very convincing turn), and her 'secretaire' Ilona (Andrea Rau). An uncomforting seduction develops among the quartet, and the atmosphere soon subdues to sadism, murder and abandonment.

The direction keeps at a good pace, while never letting cinematography and style go awry in the duration of this unusual and erotic story.

Even though the plot could be seen as a big influence on a movie with similar plot, the 1983 Tony Scott's The Hunger, (with the same ending as Daughters of Darkness), both movies are based on different novels.

The real Elizabeth Báthory was a Hungarian countess who has been dubbed as the Female Count Dracula. She supposedly killed hundreds of virgin girls in her country.

The soundtrack, composed by François de Roubaix, has Steve Reich and Philip Glass tones, that help the speed of scenes.

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