Jess Franco, 1973
PLEASE NOTE: This is an NTSC (USA/JAPAN format) Region 1 DVD
Channeling his deepest libidinal desires and darkest fears into films, with no apparent concern for narrative convention or the boundaries of mainstream taste, Jess Franco is a cinematic iconoclast. And Fraco was never better than when working with his wife, Lina Romay (1954-2012), a haunted waif who would go to any extreme to assure that the director’s wildest imaginings were brought to the screen without compromise.
Their most highly-regarded collaboration, FEMALE VAMPIRE stars Romay as the mysterious Countess Irina Karlstein, a beautiful vampiress who feeds on victims at their moments of sexual climax.Because she destroys those whose essence she consumes, Irina is doomed to a life of solitude, wondering through the Western Coast of
Europe in a dreamlike state, shrouded in a lush musical score by Daniel White.
This Redemption edition includes the extended erotic version (FEMALE VAMPIRE), as well as the shorter horror version (EROTIKLL), in which Irina draws her liquid substance from more conventional parts of the human anatomy.
Mastered in HD from the original film elements
French with optional English subtitles or English dubbed
Extended erotic version: Female Vampire (100 minutes)
Standard horror version: Erotikill (70 minutes, English only)
“Destiny in Soft Focus: Jess Franco Remembers Female Vampire”, a new documentary by Elijah Drenner and David Gregory.
“Words for Lina”, a tribute by co-star Jean-Pierre Bouyxou, produced by Daniel Gouyette.
Original theatrical trailer
Spain 1973 Colour 88 min 2.35:1
1920 x 1080p Not rated
Directed by Jess Franco
Produced by Marius Lesoeur
Screenplay by Jess Franco and Gérard Grisseau
Director of Photography: Jess Franco
Music by Daniel White
With Lina Romay, Jack Taylor, Alice Arno,Jess Franco, Monica Swinn,Jean-Pierre Bouyxou
Produced for video by Bret Wood