Rent Vampyres (1974)

3.1 of 5 from 56 ratings
1h 28min
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Set against the moody, misty backdrop of rural England, 'Vampyres' sees a pair of beautiful young bisexual vampires, Fran (Marianne Morris) and Miriam (Anulka Dziubinska), stalking the quiet country roads in search of fresh male victims to lure back to their crumbling gothic mansion. But when Fran decides to keep her latest prey, handsome stranger Ted (Murray Brown), on as her lover, and a pair of overly-curious holidaymakers set up camp in the house's grounds, the vampyres' grisly way of life comes under threat.
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Brian Smedley-Aston
Diana Daubeney, Thomas Owen, José Ramón Larraz
Vampyres: Daughters of Darkness
Anchor Bay
Classics, Horror
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Run Time:
90 minutes
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.78:1 / 16:9
  • Audio commentary with director Jose Larraz and producer Brian Smedley-Aston
  • UK Trailer
  • US Trailer
  • Stills Gallery
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Run Time:
88 minutes
English Hard of Hearing
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.85:1
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  • Brand new audio commentary with Kat Ellinger
  • A High Stakes Enterprise - a brand new interview with producer Brian Smedley-Aston
  • "By This Sign, I'll Recognise You" - a brand new interview with actress Marianne Morris
  • Daughter of Dracula - a brand new interview with actress Anulka
  • A Cut-Throat Business - a brand new interview with actor Brian Deacon
  • Unhappy Camper - a brand new interview with actress Sally Faulkner
  • Bloodletting on a Budget - a brand new interview with makeup artist Colin Arthur
  • Requiem for a Vampyre - a brand new interview with composer James Kenelm Clarke Reimagining Vampyres - a brand new interview with Larraz's friend and collaborator Victor Matellano, director of the 2015 Vampyres remake
  • Extract from an archival interview with Jose Larraz
  • Jose Larraz and Marianne Morris Q&A at 1997 Eurofest
  • Image Galleries
  • US and International Trailers

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Reviews (1) of Vampyres

Spoilers ... - Vampyres review by NP

Spoiler Alert

An attractive young lesbian couple are gunned down in the mansion where they live and, for some reason, then become vampiric creatures who seduce passers-by from the nearby road.

Husky, busty Marianne Morris and blond Anulka Dziubinska (billed as Anulka) as Fran and Miriam seem very at ease with the plentiful nude/sex scenes – even though the DVD extras refute this. Both actresses’ voices are also dubbed, much to their chagrin, and while such a practice seems unnecessary, the dubbing is more convincing than is often the case. They really do represent a kind of other-worldly sensuality that is essential for this kind of role. Whether stalking the misty, dewy countryside or the corridors of their magnificent home in their velvet capes, they look exactly like the spooky sirens they are meant to be. Other, sundry characters are deliberately dressed down to make the main couple look comparatively more exotic.

It’s hinted that Ted (Murray Brown), who is enticed to the country house and tormented throughout, is the man who originally ‘murdered’ the girls, although this is never really explained. Neither is the fact that he fails to recognise the house he is brought back to.

And yet the plot is not particularly high on the agenda. The endless discussions on the sophistications of wine and the charming attributes of the ladies could have been spent on making things clearer, but it seems there was an artistic decision to leave things enigmatic – which I have no problem with, as it fuels the Jean Rollin-esque dream-like atmospherics of the film. Equally, the nature of Fran and Miriam is muddy; the (rushed) ending of ‘Vampyres’ speculates they may have been ghosts all along, although the trail of bloodied destruction they leave proves them too tangible for that!

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