Climax after climax of terror and desire...where the living change places with the dead. - Considered to be a cult horror classic, follow 'THE VELVET VAMPIRE' as sleepy-eyed nice guy Lee Ritter and his vapid but pretty wi... more »fe, Susan, accept the invitation« less
Overview: Diane, a beautiful woman with a thirst for something red lives in a place that no other vampire has ever been known to live. She invites a couple to come visit her at her tranquil desert estate. Slowly she seduces them into her web of death. Why does she stay in the desert of all places? Is she really a vampire or is it all a illusion? Who will escape the bite of the Velvet Vampire!
The Package: 4 Stars. The graphics on this DVD holder is really cool and it just has this spooky, bloody, vampire phycodelic feel to it. It really is cool just to look at. Inside the case there is no inlay which was a let down, the disc itself holds very nicely into the holder and is easy to pop out at the same time. On the disc itself is a picture graphic of the eyes/face of Diane (The Velvet Vampire) which is really cool. It's a letdown that the trailer for the film is not included but their are some really nice extras. The company that put out this version is called cheezy flicks entertainment. There is a extras section on the disc that has all kinds of "cheezy" old trailers for films as well as old TV commercials that most anyone would really love who appreciates older low budget films and ads. I really loved that and can't wait to buy more films from cheezy entertainment to see even more of these extras I hope.
Spook Meter: 3 Stars. First off, I LOVED this film. It's not a overly scary film by any means, but as I watched it, I found my own imagination running wild as scenes popped up like the velvet vampire looking up out of her late husbands grave in the heat of the desert, while she reached out to grab her next victim. I really enjoyed the fact that this was not your "normal" vampire film. How many vampires live in the desert and drive a dune buggy?? The dream scenes, the dry eerie desert scenes, along with the music and 70s phycodelic feel throughout the film really is what made me fall in love with this gem. I happen to see the name of this film and bought it just based on that, I'm so glad I did.
Gore/Violence Meter: 2 Stars. This is not very gory at all. There is some blood, and there is some violence throughout though. Scenes of blood where a knife goes into someone, blood is shown after someone is bit on the neck and a few other Simi violent parts but where no blood is shown. The film is not super mild on the gore meter, but will be acceptable for most anyone who enjoys horror with slight gore and violence.
Profanity Meter: 3 Stars. Their is a fair amount of bad language throughout the velvet vampire and was one part that I found to be a bit of a letdown. Viewers be warned.
Sexual Meter: 4 Stars. There is quite a few make out scenes in this film. Woman's breasts are shown quite a few times and a mans naked butt is shown. Nothing else is shown below the waist; however it's quite a bit on the sexual side of things for a horror film so I give the sexual meter pretty high marks as an early warning to all viewers.
Final Thoughts: The velvet vampire is a very special and unique film to watch. It's got a lot of twists to it that after your done watching you will be left pondering over was if this and what if that. It's very well done, kind of spooky and will keep you glued to the screen until the credits are shown. If you can appreciate low budget films and want something that is truly a fun, one of a kind vampire experience, then the velvet vampire will be one that you will be proud to own as I am. "
All you ever wanted to know about The Velvet Vampire!
Badwolf | Collinsport, Ma | 12/11/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"After years of floating about on bootleg dvd, this psychedelic 70's vampire masterpiece is finally available in a semi-professional format. It was actually out on LD many years back, which was the source for the bootleg dvd.
Celeste Yarnell wanders through the Southern California desert as the mysterious Diane LeFanu. After inviting a swinging couple (Michael Blodgett & Sherry Miles) to her desert home for a weekend, the couple are soon pulled into Diane's bizarre psychedelic bloodsucking world. The music and visuals are amazing for this low budget drive-in genre film.
Sherry Miles' character of Susan Ritter is the typical dumb California blond of the period, rather annoying and stereotypical. Blodgett is in his usual form as the sexy seventies shirtless hunk.
Ironically, Celeste Yarnell, who sits around eating raw liver in the movie and asking "ever noticed that people feed their cats raw liver?" went on years later to receive a veterinary degree and wrote a book on holistic cat care based on a diet of raw meats and natural foods.
Viewers will recognize Michael Blodgett from his famous role as Lance Rocke in "Beyond the Valley of the Dolls." Sadly, Blodgett recently passed away on November 14th (07) from a heart attack at the age of 67."
Psychedelic desert bloodsucker
Isaac Williams | Philadelphia, PA USA | 11/30/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This is a piece of early 70's cinemagic long overdue for any DVD release. The print is no better than a videotape, but making the film available at all is a step in the right direction. A dune buggy drivin' vampire seductress is not your standard Dracula fair, so don't come looking for a cape and pointy teeth. The music is hypnotic, cycling around a repeated dream sequence that feels like a cross between "El Topo" & "Let's Scare Jessica to Death". "The Velvet Vampire" shares more similarities with "Daughters of Darkness" than Hammer vampire stories; Diane LeFanu is more a product of the American landscape than the Carpathian Mountains. Enjoy."
The Velvet Vampire
G. Gatcomb | 03/12/2010
(2 out of 5 stars)
"Personally I found this movie more than a little wanting. I love vampire movies and have a fairly large collection of them and I bought this one to add to them but am sad for doing so now. I found the acting to be equal to a late night TV movie and the story line that falls just short of poor. I don't need a lot of blood or gore in a movie to make it good but a little bit of terror comes in handy when talking about vampires. I would have to say that if your looking for a movie to kill time with this movie might be ok but if you are looking for a good vampire movie save your money.The Velvet Vampire"
Sweeter Than Wine...
Bindy Sue FrÝnkŁnschtein | under the rubble | 06/26/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"THE VELVET VAMPIRE is one of the better 70s vampire movies. If you enjoy stuff like COUNT YORGA 1 and 2, DEATHMASTER, or LET'S SCARE JESSICA TO DEATH, you'll absolutely love TVV! Loads of dreamy, topless, neck-nipping fun! Dianne LeFanu (Celeste Yarnall) is the perrrrfect seductress / hungering throat-sucker. Her pale frame is exquisite to say the least! Who could resist her vampiric charms? Not me..."