A 1972 British horror film directed by Robert Young for Hammer Film Productions.The story concerns a travelling carnival whose vampiric artistes prey on the children of a 19th-century Austrian village.
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In the first 12 minutes, we get a dead kid, vampiric sex, impalement, throats slashed wide open. Then a bat flies out of the eye socket of a human skull - cue the opening credits in a neon pink font! This is simply one of the most surreal, sexualized, violent, and imaginative horror films I have ever seen in my life. If you think vampires have lost their bite in pop culture, watch this flick. Long live Hammer horror.
The horror genre's biscuit dunked into reassuring tea: the expected late-period Hammer Mittel-European frolics in crushed velvet and Kensington Gore. Apart from the slightly off-kilter rhythm and a colourful art direction overlaying the expected incidence of incised necks and loosely concealed breasts, it's business much as usual.
what a decent hammer vampire flick. been saving this for some time, not expecting a lot due to the fact i very much disliked hammer's dracula series. this i highly recommend, mostly for its merciless stroke of getting rid of almost everyone involved.