It took a while to warm up Vampyros Lesbos. Other Franco films, while visually striking, were slow, confusing, and relied too much on excessive violence towards women. Watching women bloodied and brutalized is not part of my definition of horror. That is just me, there is no judgement here.
Vampyros Lesbos is Franco's Citizen Kane. A thoroughly modern retelling of Bram Stoker's Dracula, it is a beautiful film to watch, gorgeously capturing the sun drenched landscapes of the Greek islands and Istanbul. Adding to the surreal beauty, Franco uses repetitive visual imagery to add visual commentary on Countess Nadine's seduction of Linda. It is an unexpected and beautiful touch to a movie that at times is glacially slow and ultimately confusing.
|Yorga's vampire minions|
|Nadine attempts to lure Linda during one of her dances|
Featuring an amazing jazz soundtrack, composed by Manfred Hübler and Siegfried Schwab and the dark and mysterious beauty of Soledad Miranda,
For what it is worth, here is a trailer for a new Jess Franco film:
I saw it at Trash Film Addict today.