Horror

Fun In A Small Town – The Vampires Night Orgy (1974)

LA ORGIA NOCTURNA DE LOS VAMPIROS (1973)
When you read the title to this movie, you think how can anything be wrong with this film?  It has vampires.  They obviously come out at night.  There is an orgy, which either means nudity or lots of blood or both.  So really, this film should be a win in every way possible.  This is one of those cases where it does not pay to get your hopes up to high right off the hop as sometimes, they can come crashing down around you like a pile of Jenga blocks.  So yes, there are vampires, there is nudity and some blood and they are not daytime vampires so most of the vamping and orgy stuff happen at night, and that is all good.  It is almost everything else that is in and about the film that makes it not quite a failure, but at least a disappointment for those who were expecting more.

The script by Gabriel Burgos and Antonio Fos is not very good.  Perhaps if watched in the original Spanish it might be a little bit better, but something is obviously lost in the translation to English.  Secondly, the dubbing is atrocious.  It sounds like the vocal track was recorded in the studio and then synced up with the film afterwards creating a very jarring listening experience.  It is funny to note that the musical score and soundtrack are actually quite entertaining, especially in the scene where the redheaded vampiress is seducing and later, having sex with the one guy.  It does not fit the film in any way whatsoever, but it adds a certain kind of charm and levity to the situations.

León Klimovsky did a fair job directing the film which is one of the few saving graces of the movie, but the special effects could have been far better than what was ultimately realized on film.  This is more than likely where budget came into play as the vampires essentially just looked like normal people with fake fangs in their mouths and the severed limbs looked like doll parts.  Strangely though, the shoddy effects did not really take away from the film as you knew what Klimovsky was going for and your imagination tended to play it up a bit more.  The cinematography and the setting tended to save the film a bit thankfully, with it being fairly moody with its muted colours and dark, dank, looking nights.

Jack Taylor, the leading man of the film is not the kind of guy you would bring home to meet your mom.  He always seemed to be peeping in on Dyanik Zurakowska’s character as she was changing her clothes, though how she did not notice the giant gaping hole in the painting he was looking through is quite the amazing bit of ambivalence on her part.  She was probably the main saving grace out of the entire cast, being not only beautiful but seemingly the most talented one out of the bunch.  The rest of the cast was used effectively in their supporting roles, giving the townsfolk a creepy sort of air about them and making the village a place where no normal person would want to spend the night.

While some things in the film could have been strengthened, the movie did do its job for the most part.  One of the best things about the film are the vampire attacks, which see the vampires act almost as if they share a mob mentality, and when they pile on their victims, there is no escape but death.  In the end, it was a horror movie with some appropriate scares and some nice atmospheric chills, and the fact that they were able to pull it off with an obviously low budget at least speaks to the talent of some of the people involved.  There are rough looking men, beautiful Euro-babes and a ton of vampires to be found within and while that is enough to create a most satisfying horror film in most cases, a bit more money in the pocket would have helped things out immensely.  If you are a fan of the vampire genre you could do worse, but you could also do better.

3 out of 5

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5 replies »

  1. An orgy eh? Got to have one of those someday! What a concept haha.

    I’m kind of shocked that this was watchable in all honestly. I was expecting nothing but soft-core porn with a minor story-line from reading the title. It is cool that they jammed in some effective scares!

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