Year: 1970 Company: Cinefilms / Fida Cinematografica Runtime: 90′
Director: Jose Luis Madrid Writer: Jose Luis Madrid Cinematography: Francisco J. Madurga
Music: Angel Arteaga Cast: Val Davis (as Waldemar Wohlfahrt), Barta Barri, Anastasio Campoy,
Susan Carvasal, Victor Davis, Kurt Esteban, Luis Induni, Patricia Loran, Jose Marco, Luis Marugan
Available in the Undead: The Vampire Collection bargain-bin DVD set from Mill Creek Entertainment.
As a prime example of the boring and under-achieving co-produced European horror cinema of four decades past, 1970’s The Horrible Sexy Vampire is, well, boring and under-achieving. Funded with pocket change forked forth by Spain’s Cinefilms and Italy’s Fida Cinematografica and filmed in Germany, Vampire is a pulse-free skin flick that tries to excuse itself with a tiresome Gothic horror framework. The only noteworthy aspect of the production is its own inherent awfulness, for which the title gets things at least partly right – it’s certainly horrible.
The story, credited to director Jose Luis Madrid (7 Murders for Scotland Yard), is as generic as they come. Bleached Count Oblensky (Val Davis, The Lustful Amazons) inherits a spooky German mansion around which a series of strange murders have been taking place, and begins to suspect that his ancestor Baron Winninger, long thought dead, may be responsible. A crusty old inspector investigates the murders, badly, while Oblensky tries to save his similarly bleached lover from becoming a footnote in a case file.