Sunday, July 22, 2012

The Vampire's Night Orgy (1974)

Leon Klimovsky is a name that probably isn't familiar to you-that is, unless you are a fan of 70's Euro Horror. In that decade, he gave the world "The Werewolf vs. The Vampire Woman", "Devil's Possessed", "The Dracula Saga" and "The People Who Own the Dark" to name a few. Then there's "The Vampire's Night Orgy." While it may have vampires, and much of it takes place at night, there's no orgy to be found.

The premise couldn't be more simple really. A bus with some tourists in it breaks down, leaving the tourists to spend some time in a small town. Said town has vampires, and the next thing you know, the tourists start disappearing one by one.

As I said, pretty basic stuff. Anyway, this isn't exactly a perfect movie. The dubbing is off, it's a bit too slow for its own good, and the ending is ripped off from "Two-Thousand Maniacs." Then there's the score. While it's oftentimes decent, it rarely fits the events taking place onscreen. I don't know about you, but seeing a fight scene set to light-sounding, funky Library Music is kind of disorienting, not to mention unintentionally funny.

All that being said, this is moderately entertaining stuff. It's not up to par with say, most of "The Blind Dead" series, but there's still enough atmosphere, minor gore, black humor and brief female nudity to please you. It also comes up with some striking images, which range from smoke and maggot covered charred corpses to images of the dead feeding that brought to mind the aforementioned "Blind Dead" series and "The People Who Own the Dark." Then there's this guy:

The dark side of Paul Bunyan

Every time he shows up to kill someone, I couldn't help but smile. I mean, look at him! He's like the jolliest looking killer you could imagine.

As a whole, "The Vampire's Night Orgy" isn't one of Klimovsky's best movies, but it's far from one of his worst. For fans of Euro Horror, this is worth seeing.

Rating: 6/10

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