Director Harry Kümel delivers a tantalizing piece of erotic horror in 1971's DAUGHTERS OF DARKNESS, where the enchanting vampiress Elizabeth Bathory sets her sights on a beautiful young newlywed couple after a chance encounter brings them together in a lonesome Flemish hotel. DAUGHTERS OF DARKNESS fuses the modern Gothic aesthetic and sexual fantasy found in the works of Jean Rollin and Jesus Franco with a far more structured storyline that is amorous without being exploitative. The heart of the film is driven by Delphine Seyrig's sensual performance, whose charm and elegance are enough to seduce the audience right along with the unsuspecting Valerie and Stefan. Though most Eurotrash entries of the time used vampirism as an excuse for blending horror with softcore imagery, the Countess of this film is not so much set on fulfilling her own sexual desire as she is on finding a new source of amusement to accompany her through her ageless existence. With a grace and style that surpasses most other films of its kind, DAUGHTERS OF DARKNESS should rate highly with all vampire fans.
Movies like DAUGHTERS OF DARKNESS:
LET'S SCARE JESSICA TO DEATH, I VAMPIRI, COUNTESS DRACULA, LISA AND THE DEVIL.