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Vampyros Lesbos (Template:Lang-es) is a 1971 West German-Spanish erotic horror film directed and co-written by Jesús Franco. The film stars Ewa Strömberg as Linda Westinghouse, an American who works in a Turkish legal firm. Westinghouse has a series of erotic dreams that involve a mysterious vampire woman who seduces her before feeding on her blood. When she travels to an island to settle an inheritance, Linda recognizes a woman as the vampire from her dreams.

The film was shot in 1970 in Turkey. It was a popular success in theaters in Europe on its release and was the first film to have a more psychedelic score for a Franco film and the first to have a lesbian theme as a prominent feature of the film. The film's score became popular in the mid-1990s when it was included on the compilation Vampyros Lesbos: Sexadelic Dance Party, an album that became a top ten hit on the British Alternative charts.

The film is considered by many to be one of Franco's best and a cult classic of European exploitation film.

Soundtrack

The soundtrack to Vampyros Lesbos was released as Vampyros Lesbos: Sexadelic Dance Party on compact disc in 1995 by Motel Records. The music on the album is compiled from the albums Psychedelic Dance Party and Sexadelic and consists of film music of three Franco films: Vampyros Lesbos, She Killed in Ecstasy and The Devil Came from Akasava. The album was released during a period where there was a resurgence of interest in Space age pop music, a style focused on easy listening music from the 1950s and 1960s. The track "The Lions and the Cucumber" from the album was later used again on the soundtrack of Jackie Brown by American director Quentin Tarantino. The album is dedicated to actress Soledad Miranda.

The soundtrack was a top 10 hit on the British Alternative charts on its release over 20 years after the film was released. On September 29, 1997, a remix album titled The Spirit of Vampyros Lesbos was released. The album was a collection of remixes from various electronic artists including Two Lone Swordsmen, Cristian Vogel and Alec Empire who released their own mixes of the film's soundtrack.

Allmusic gave the album a negative of three stars out of five referring to the album's music as "excruciating" as well noting that a track on the album is "built on a shameless ripoff of the "Satisfaction" guitar riff". Entertainment Weekly gave the album a B+ rating, opining that it was "not for cheese lovers only."


Track listing

All tracks written by Manfred Hübler and Siegfried Schwab.

No. Title Length 1. "Droge CX 9" 5:11 2. "The Lions and the Cucumber" 5:10 3. "There's No Satisfaction" 3:10 4. "Dedicated to Love" 2:32 5. "People's Playground Version A" 0:50 6. "We Don't Care" 5:20 7. "People's Playground Version B" 1:17 8. "The Ballad of a Fair Singer" 4:35 9. "Necronomania" 2:09 10. "Kama Sutra" 4:03 11. "The Message" 3:21 12. "Shindai Lovers" 4:21 13. "The Six Wisdoms of Aspasia" 4:20 14. "Countdown to Nowhere" 2:27




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