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Vampyros Lesbos (1971) - Jess Franco

Vampyros Lesbos Sexadelic Dance Party (1971) - Manfred Hubler, Siegfried Schwab [Amazon.com] [FR] [DE] [UK]


Vampyros Lesbos is a 1971 film directed by Jesus Franco. It's an erotic horror tale inspired by Bram Stoker's novel Dracula. The main character, Linda Westinghouse (played by Ewa Strömberg), is a young lawyer who travels on a job assignment to an island where she meets the mysterious young and beautiful countess Carody (Soledad Miranda).

The film is considered by many to be one of Franco's best and a cult classic of European Exploitation film. Its soundtrack, composed by Manfred Hübler and Siegfried Schwab also gained a cult following when it was rereleased.

See also: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vampyros_Lesbos [Nov 2005]

The soundtrack

1. Droge CX 9
2. The Lions And The Cucumber
3. There's No Satisfaction
4. Dedicated To Love
5. People's Playground Version A
6. We Don't Care
7. People's Playground Version B
8. The Ballad Of A Fair Singer
9. Necronomania
10. Kamasutra
11. The Message
12. Shindai Lovers
13. The Six Wisdoms Of Aspasia
14. Countdown To Nowhere

For diehard fans of low-budget cult cinema, Jess Franco is among the great directors--his style somewhere between European versions of Roger Corman's Mondo sexploitation and Andy Warhol's hardcore improv. His films Vampyros Lesbos, The Devil Came from Akasava, and Mrs. Hyde, She Kills in Ecstasy--all made in 1970 and starring Franco's doomed Spanish seductress Soledad Miranda--perfected "horrotica," Franco's melange of B-grade horror and twisted erotica. Collecting original music from the films' soundtracks, Vampyros Lesbos: Sexadelic Dance Party pays tribute to Franco, Miranda (who died in a 1971 car crash), and the films they made together.

German composers Manfred Hubler and Siegfried Schwab (recording as Vampires' Sound Incorporation) created music sufficiently groovy and go-go to accompany Franco's freaked-out vision. Their crazy sounds are a speed-hopped swinger's bash of blaring trumpet, booming trombone, slinky organ, and spacy sitar, with a beefy foundation of mod guitar, bass, and drums. Eccentrically titled instrumentals like "The Lions and the Cucumber," "Droge CX 9," and "The Six Wisdoms of Aspasia" manage to be psychedelic in the way of both the Doors' haunting rock and the Fifth Dimension's up-up-and-away pop. Music ripe for revival, Sexadelic Dance Party falls somewhere between the glorious lounge orchestrations of Esquivel and the cheap Casio-funk porn music championed by bands like the Beastie Boys. It's just one more nugget mined from the overflowing heaps of past decades' trash culture. --Roni Sarig for Amazon.com

The film

Scene from Vampyros Lesbos (1971)
sourced here.

  • Vampyros Lesbos (1971) - Jess Franco [Amazon.com] [FR] [DE] [UK]

    Countess Nadine Carody, a vampire with an insatiable thirst for female blood, lures women to her isolated island to love and then kill her victims! Linda Westinghouse comes to the island and falls under the vampire's seductive spell, only to find a living nightmare she may never be able to escape. A tripped out mixture of nudity, soft-core lesbianism, vampires, outrageous sets and a world famous soundtrack, Vampyros Lesbos is now available for the first time ever on home video in the United States. Recently resurfacing as a cult classic after almost thirty years, Vampyros Lesbos has restarted a dance craze phenomenon across the globe with its psychedelic musical score! So, be sure to watch Jess Franco's Vampyros Lesbos today for Countess Carody just might SUCK YOU DRY!! --amazon.com

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