The Velvet Vampire Film Details
Overview: Lee and his wife Susan accept the invitation of mysterious, Diane, to visit her secluded desert estate. Tensions arise when the couple, unaware that Diane is a vampire, realize that they are both objects of the pale temptress seductions.
Tagline: She’s waiting to love you… to death!
Review: Lee & Susan Ritter(Michael Blodgett & Sherry Miles), whose marriage seems shaky at best and plagued with problems, meet a mysterious and sultry woman, Diane(Celeste Yarnall)at an art gallery. They accept an invitation to her Mojave desert abode, and while traveling their car breaks down. While waiting for an ordered part, the Ritters remain at Diane’s home. Lee succumbs to Diane’s erotic advances while Susan helplessly watches her marriage dwindling..yet, as the film continues, Susan seems to care less about her husband’s adultery and even warms to Diane after a scare with a snake bite(..Diane sucked out the venom from Susan’s leg before the poison could spread). Both Lee and Susan continue to have an erotically charged, surreal dream with Diane separating them from love-making in the middle of a desert. Meanwhile, Diane has her manservant Juan(Jerry Daniels)fetch up victims for their blood..she’s indeed an atypical vampire who can withstand amounts of sunlight(..although, she covers her body with lots of clothing when out in her dune buggy)and her reflection indeed appears when looking in a mirror. Diane’s daily ritual is to rest in her carefully preserved burial spot with her long dead husband(..through a unique Indian burial, Diane’s husband’s body is kept as it once was upon death)! Will the Ritters escape Diane’s clutched before it’s too late or wind up like those who once inhabited the desert countryside, now resting among the massive burial site where Diane often frequents? Strange little vampire tale. This might have an appeal to fans of Drive-in type Midnight Movies. I think the main reasons to see it are Celeste Yarnall’s seductive vampire and the desert setting which is quite an interesting backdrop creating a unique experience for the viewer used to the typical vampire locales. I think Blodgett and Miles’ couple are terribly uninteresting, I’m afraid, and nowhere near as fascinating and alluring as Yarnall, who could fit in quite well in the Euro-vampire flicks coming out at the time. Sherry Miles is atrocious as Susan, quite an irritating chick, with a great figure, who gripes and complains throughout most of this flick. Her naive bubblehead should’ve been killed quite sooner..it’s a stretch asking us to believe Yarnall’s bloodsucker wouldn’t have easy pickens with this idiot. Blodgett is merely vacating a male role for Diane to seduce..he doesn’t exude much of anything other than the horny husband whose wife isn’t putting out, longing for Diane’s embrace. The film might be a bit slow-moving for many. The final fifteen minutes picks up the pace considerably as Diane chases after Susan, desiring her for blood and sex. More of an interesting curiosity for vampire fans..nothing mind-blowing, I’m afraid. This has a LOW budget, although I never found this a liability because the desert location really worked for me and the non-inhabited silence because of how Diane drank the area dry, is quite eerie. The screams from those attacked shriek a bit too loudly, though. Despite what you might hope for..while there is nudity, the sex is mild and lesbian possibilities never reach their zenith.
Country: USA, Philippines
Duration: 80 min
Also known as: ベルベット・バンパイア,Through the Looking Glass,Vampiro,The Devil Is a Woman,The Waking Hour,Бархатная вампирша,Cemetery Girls,The Velvet Vampire