Feast or famine? Pain or pleasure? Men beware. Can eroticism make a return to horror? Will genre fans shower in the ritualistic glory of this sexy redo? We sink our fangs into the modern rebirth of Vampyres, releasing on streaming services and DVD on October 18th.
Kicking off with a blood soaked beginning that sets up the erotic mood of the retelling, this new version is still a prime example of what Artsploitation does best. Sopped in blood, sadomasochistic violence, and sexually devious scenery, Vampyres is still a tasty little morsel that pays tribute to its predecessor as it attempts to modernize this tale of female evil. While it's not going to win any awards for originality, the movie satisfies many tropes that horror fans like myself are looking for. There's tons of nudity. There's some brooding scenes of torture. And there's a cavernous venue that supplies a few good kills.
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Considering the dirty, nearly pornographic grit of the original film, I'm going to hold back from giving this a high mark. No, it's not the worst thing I've seen this year and its little nods and tributes are a fun tease. However, I think with a little more care, Vampyres (2016) falls into the 'could have been great' category. This English language version of the film is a mediocre release as the Halloween season begins. A truncated and confused ending only adds to my mild frustration with this release. If you're into naked vampire chicks making out and need a quick fix of death, check it out. Just don't expect a new classic.
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