Women keep turning up dead in
This was the first horror movie ever filmed in
You might be able to tell just by looking at I Vampiri’s uneven quality that it was a rushed production. Meddling producers caused original director Ricardo (The Ghost) Freda to walk off the set, but be glad he did because that gave the film’s cinematographer, Mario Bava a chance to step in and finish the film. Bava, of course went on to be one of the most revered horror directors in
Like most of Bava’s work, the film is quite stylish looking and has a couple of atmospheric sets (like the dungeon). Unfortunately, the film offers no surprises and is dull as all get out to boot. Vampire fans will also be severely disappointed by the fact that there are NO vampires in this flick as it’s another one of those Old-Woman-Looking-for-the-Fountain-of-Yo
It ain’t great, although you may get a kick out of the surprisingly sophisticated special effects of the old bat rapidly aging. They’re reminiscent of the ’32 version of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and are easily the coolest thing about the film. If you don’t count a bunch of Parisian trollops inexplicably speaking Italian that is.
AKA: Evil’s Commandment. AKA: Lust of a Vampire. AKA: The Devil’s Commandment. AKA: The Vampires.