This beloved Jess Franco movie is about a sexy vampire (played by Soledad Miranda) who is related to Dracula and loves to be naked. She lures a lawyer called Linda (Ewa Strömberg) home to her villa in Istanbul to resolve an inheritance issue… and to have some funky-ass psychedelic sex with her. Linda can’t resist her sensual charm, so they quickly become lovers. But Linda gets amnesia after the vampire drinks her blood. She is then sent to a looney bin where she is treated by a vampire expert. Vampyros Lesbos is Jess Franco at his best and one of the high points of cool european exploitation films. It’s based on Bram Stoker’s Dracula, and it’s both artsy and trashy at the same time.
Parts of this sexy film are dreamlike and trippy as hell, which is emphasized by a bizarre soundtrack. Something that people often forget to mention when they talk about Jess Franco’s films, is that he uses awesome music. I could easily have written long analysis about his nightclub-scenes alone, where hot mamas dance to funky jazzy beats. Many of Franco’s films have a numbing, almost hypnotic, effect – words like surreal and sexy immediately pop up in my head. Vampyros Lesbos is a great film. Ewa Strömberg is terrific in the role of Linda, but it’s of course Soledad Miranda who steals the show – almost to a greater extent than Franco. Miranda was Franco’s muse and they made many films together. Sadly, Miranda died in a car accident in 1971 shortly after the making of this film. She was a stunning beauty, and she dominates every scene she’s in here as the seductive but sad vampire.
Release year: 1971
Director: Jess Franco
Starring: Soledad Miranda, Ewa Strömberg, Paul Muller