Vampyres: A Tribute To The Ultimate In Erotic Horror Cinema

June 13, 2021
Vampyres: A Tribute To The Ultimate In Erotic Horror Cinema

Tribute to Ramon Larraz's VAMPYRES, unleashed on cinemaaudiences in 1974.In 1993 I researched and published "Vampyres: A Tribute to theUltimate in Erotic Horror Cinema", a book brimming with behind thescenes anecdotes, exclusive interviews and many previously unseenphotographs. It proved more popular than anticipated and thefollowing year a revised and expanded edition appeared. Almost adecade later VAMPYRES continues to enjoy cult celebrity. Since thebook went out of print there have been two noteworthy festivalreunions in England, the first bringing together José Larraz andMarianne Morris for the first time in almost 25 years, a secondassembling producer Brian Smedley-Aston and cast members MarianneMorris, Brian Deacon and Sally Faulkner. In the intervening yearsthe "elusive" Vampyre, Anulka Dziubinska, has also been located andinterviewed from her domicile in the United States. In 2000 AnchorBay premiered the film on DVD, stimulating interest all over again.Regrettably it was not the fully uncut version everyone anticipatedit would be and there was sufficient cause for Blue Underground tore-release it with the precious missing seconds restored and evenmore supplementary materials. I myself continue to hold the film inhigh esteem and in 2001, with the blessing of writer/director JoseLarraz, I adapted the film into a novel (published in England byFAB Press). Back in 1974, for most of those involved, VAMPYRES wasjust another job. Little could any of them have known it wouldstill hold the spotlight almost 30 years later. Long shall itcontinue to do so.Tim Greaves (2003)