Neil Jordan returns to the vampire film, this time with chicks
I Like to Watch (Instantly): Daughters of Darkness
Halloween Countdown Edition
Daughters of Darkness (1971)
Directed by Harry Kümel
Cast: Delphine Seyrig, Andrea Rau, Danielle Ouimet, John Karlen, Fons Rademakers
This truly strange Belgian vampire film (original title Les Lèvres Rouges or The Red Lips) oozes style, dread and languid sensuality, not to mention an unhinged sense of humor. The dreamlike scenario: Newlywed innocents—or maybe not-
The glorious, desolate backdrop of an off-season resort is almost a character in itself, swallowing up the machinations and psychodramas of the tiny cast of good-looking vampires and victims. Extra points also awarded for smashing ’70s fashions, slick editing, inspired location shooting (done entirely after dark or at dusk), letting the foreign actors dub their own lines, and a sinister-yet-groovy score from French soundtrack composer François de Roubaix. Unlike other lesbian vampire films from the same time period (cough Jess Franco cough), Daughters of Darkness is an intelligent, warped pleasure, equal parts art and exploitation film. The HD version on Netflix is terrific, the very definition of eye candy.
I Like to Watch (Instantly): Slap Shot, The Hunger
Notable titles from the Netflix Watch Instantly world
Slap Shot (1977)
Directed by George Roy Hill
Cast: Paul Newman, Michael Ontkean, Jerry Houser, Andrew Duncan, Jennifer Warren, Lindsay Crouse
Besides having the most eloquently foul-mouthed script this side of Repo Man, Slap Shot is also notable for its utterly authentic backdrop of depressing, beer-swilling, industrial Northeast gloom (it’s set in Pennsylvania, but shot in upstate NY). Gleefully violent and crass, this film is nonetheless a class act with great comic timing and rich character work by Paul Newman, Lindsay Crouse, and Strother Martin. But it’s Nancy Dowd’s game-changing original screenplay that deserves most of the praise. Clean widescreen copy too.
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