Daughters of Darkness (1971) - Horror

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A newlywed couple are passing through a vacation resort. Their paths cross with a mysterious, strikingly beautiful countess and her aide.

IMDB: 6.6
Director: Harry Kümel
Stars: Delphine Seyrig, John Karlen
Length: 87 Minutes
PG Rating: R
Reviews: 18 out of 58 found boring (31.03%)

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It's just bland...

It's to state the obvious to write that Seyrig steals every scene she is in and fortunately she's featured in many scenes ;the three other leads seem bland by comparison and it takes all the talent of the director to pull them off.

The concierge Pierre advises that the place is empty since it is out of season and they become aware of three murders in Bruges.

These two characters come across a newlywed couple (John Karlen and Danielle Ouimet) staying at the same empty seaside hotel during the dead season.

It's an almost artistically told movie, with a slow pace and not so much horror or gore as you would expect from a genre movie.

For the first 60% or so of the movie, plot and its development are solid, interesting and engaging.

A pity, as the movie was shaping up for an intriguing ending.

As is often the way in the chic European horror films, the locations featured are absolutely stunning.

one that is enjoyable, rather kinky and dull all at the same time.

They're there offseason, so the hotel is empty and their relationship already seems off to a poor start as Stefan doesn't want to introduce his new wife to his mother.

The nudity here is strictly functional and all the rest is purely absorbing subject matter.

It's these kinds of bold moves that make the film as a whole even more fascinating and disturbing.

Her voice--or maybe I should call it that sensual musky whisper she used for a voice--was the most evocative heard from any actress in those days.

This is a character that I find to be fascinating.

Sure cure for insomnia here.

AS far as our male lead, I particularly found one scene fascinating as a layer is slightly unpeeled when he contacts "his mother" on the phone.

There is a visual splendour to it, and it is enjoyable to watch and digest as a piece of art.

Jamin, playing the hapless and enigmatic retired Detective with his long overcoat (and apparently on the Countess' trail), reminds me of Jacques Tati's Monsieur Hulot character; his unexpected and blackly comedic 'death' scene at the hands of the Countess, is reminiscent of a similar scene in that which I consider to be Jean-Luc Godard's masterpiece, WEEK-END (1967) – and which I, unconsciously, paid homage to in my first (and still unproduced) screenplay!

An unexpected fun journey into the 60s/70s, when Cagney and Lacey actor John Karlen was hot and the opening sex scene was a scandal.

There's the ultra-decadent mise-en-scene, the sometimes banal dialogue (and its equally banal delivery), creative use of colour (check out those red flashes), and some genuinely odd imagery.

Only occasionally dipping into unintentional comedy - the murder of the bicyclist was unexpected and amusing - DAUGHTERS OF DARKNESS is otherwise a well-made, but only moderately enjoyable film.

I think it's supposed to be sexy but when seen today, I could also see many folks very bored by these portions of the film.

A slow-moving art film dealing with a pair of women who are vampires - except not in the typical sense.

The slow pace and isolated locations only add to what is surely one of the most atmospheric films I've seen.

The bizarre ending (before the epilogue) was unexpected and indeed provided a wonderfully macabre and memorable image.

No, really - it's slow.

It's fairly predictable, up until the last second, which unfortunately you find yourself wishing that perhaps you're wrong...

Clumsily filmed unspecial effects in ending scene lead to predictable, contrived conclusion.

They honeymoon at an empty old hotel and soon they are joined by Countess Elizabeth (a MEGA weirdo) and her 'friend', Ilona.

After keeping the plot development tight and interesting, the director relaxes control and things get random, silly and a touch pretentious.

Even though some of the acting may seem a bit weak at times, it is still fascinating.

Compared to the films of, say, Jean Rollin or Jess Franco who made movies based on the same classic premise, this is a much more compelling, sophisticated and hypnotizing masterpiece.

As usual for an Eurohorror, this is a visually breathtaking work of art.

This is a fascinating film that falls short of being perfect.

Her iconic performance, complete with an intoxicating smile which would melt ice, is simply magnificent and she looks stunning in those gorgeous outfits she is made to wear throughout the film.

Daughters of Darkness is very artistic - the set design, costumes and locations used are all stunning to look at, and this bodes well with the plot.

" The pacing is slow.

This movie is boring, slow, amateur acting all around, amateur directing, the story is just plain garbage.

The movie moves slowly, has many inexplicable occurrences (even for a horror movie) and is just basically deadly dull.

The nearly-empty, fortress-like hotel, the bleak, deserted surroundings, even the ocean seems empty and dead.

This is undoubtedly one of the all-time great European cult horror movies for several compelling reasons.

A thoroughly pointless film; the pretentious, pseudo-artsy direction doesn't match the kinky, trashy material.

fascinating .

The relationship between the vampire and her mistress is confusing.

The movie is very slow moving.

You can see this film as a horror movie entertainment fleeting, but in this case do not expect a creepy experience, or watch the movie expecting nothing and feel that the film does not aim high flights, but a stunning purity.

The dialog is very well written and constantly engaging.

I admit that the film is very good and deserves 5/5 for its merits, however, I only enjoyed it partially because I'm not really into these slow-paced, character-focused movies.

It's a slow paced European lesbian vampire erotic drama about a couple on honeymoon who happen to meet the gorgeous Countess Elisabeth Bathory, who actually existed in the 17th century.

The sophistication of the vampire is maintained, and the seduction of the target is slow and methodical.

It may prove too slow for horror fans looking for regular amounts of blood but for those who appreciate finer things allow yourself to become immersed in this, late at night with the lights out.

Daughters of Darkness also straddles an interesting and exciting line between arthouse respectability and grindhouse exploitation.

So you have an odd combination of suspense, lovely nude people strutting their stuff AND incredibly boring and pretentious dialog.

Boring vampire art film .

The problem is its so poorly executed it just comes off as boring and nonsensical.

Overall, this is a fascinating, unique lesbian vampire film that definitely ranks among the very best of it's kind.

Boring, Amateur Acting, Garbage Story.

The problem after that is the film really just kind of meanders and I will admit that I was a bit bored for a stretch.

Very well made, but a bit too slow .

Pointless and unscary.

The script makes a few convoluted and confusing twists halfway in the film, and they are guaranteed to mislead even the fans that know the detailed legend of Countess Bathory by heart.

It does have kind of a nice ending but, by then, I was so totally bored I didn't care.

But for those who stick with it, you'll be rewarded by one of the most intriguing vampire films ever produced.

A prude may have misgivings about the depiction of the sexual attraction existing between Bathory and Valerie, but given the undeniable sensuality and the unexpected sensitivity (which puts contemporary lesbian vampire pictures to shame) with which it is portrayed, it is inevitable (and utterly credible) that Valerie would eventually leave Stefan for Bathory.

Cinematographer Eduard Van Der Enden bathes the film in shades of black, white and red – signifying the tyranny of the Nazi regime (pretentious, no?

' Equally, the pacing is typically leisurely, allowing us to become immersed in the theatrical nature of the titular characters and their world.