Movie Review – Blood of the Virgins (1967)

Blood of the Virgins
Directed by Emilio Vieyra
Courtesy of Cheezy Flicks
Original Release Date: 1967
DVD/Blu-ray Release Date: June 17, 2014

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If you like cheesy B movies like me, then you’ll love BLOOD OF THE VIRGINS. This vintage import is Argentina’s very first vampire film, and it shows! The fine folks at Cheezy Flicks have procured a true winner with this film, as it contains all of the aspects that define B movies: bad acting, a mess of a plot, and terrible special effects. But this is one of those films that is so bad, it’s good. Thus, it’s a perfect way to spend an hour of your time!

If you are not familiar with BLOOD OF THE VIRGINS, here is the plot synopsis courtesy of Cheezy Flicks:

Sometime in 19th century Argentina, the mysterious Gustavo spoils Ofelia’s wedding night by turning her into his vampire bride. Fast forward to the swinging sixties, where a group of hip teenagers foolishly spend the night at an old lodge that is reputed to be haunted. While their leader, Raul, is seduced by Ofelia, Gustavo spirits the groups female contingent away. When one of the girls, Laura, later re-appears on Raul’s hotel room balcony in a state of shock, and displaying clear signs of vampire malaise, Raul sends for her brother, Tito. Tito decides that a return visit to the old lodge is the only way they will discover what is really wrong with Laura.

It’s been a while since I’ve seen a truly cheesy flick, so I was definitely due. And this is the perfect film to get back in the swing of things! Chocked full of schlocky goodness, this is one of those films you will love to pick apart.

BLOOD OF THE VIRGINS is not made very well and doesn’t really look that good onscreen. The cinematography is so-so, and the locations used for the film don’t make a lot of sense. For example, the 19th century house looks more like a modern day suburban beach house. I understand budget constraints, but the crew could have put a bit more effort into their location search. That’s part of what makes the film fun, though…there’s plenty to roll your eyes at here.

The title might be a bit off, too. The girls in the film are NOT virgins, which is pretty evident with the way they act early on; at one point, the girls are dancing with their guys in a bar…and then proceed to strip as they boogie. Yup, they take their clothes off, even with other patrons there. Would a virginal person do something like that? I don’t think so.

The vampire effects are painful to endure. The ‘fangs’ look like they are made out of paper, and the eye makeup is ridiculous. Add these attributes to the fact that they wear typical old-school Count Dracula style clothes, and you can definitely see TRUE BLOOD is a far cry from these folks.

But for all of its faults, BLOOD OF THE VIRGINS is so much fun. It’s just too bad not to like! If you take the film for what it is, then you’ll love it. But don’t expect too much or you will be disappointed. I recommend this one to anyone looking for vintage, schlocky fun. It is available now.

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