Written by: Michael Den Boer on September 12th, 2008
Theatrical Release Date: Spain, 1972 (Cemetery Girls), USA, 1978 (Vampire Hookers)
Directors: Javier Aguirre (Cemetery Girls), Cirio H. Santiago (Vampire Hookers)
Writers: Javier Aguirre, Alberto S. Insúa, Paul Naschy (Cemetery Girls), Howard R. Cohen (Vampire Hookers)
Cast: Paul Naschy, Haydée Politoff, Rosanna Yanni, Ingrid Garbo, Mirta Miller, Víctor Alcázar (Cemetery Girls), John Carradine, Erna Martha Bauman, Mark Campbell, Vic Diaz, Katie Dolan, Bruce Fairbairn, Leo Martinez (Vampire Hookers)
DVD released: September 16th, 2008
Approximate running time: 85 minutes (Cemetery Girls), 88 minutes (Vampire Hookers)
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Anamorphic Widescreen (Both Films)
Sound: Dolby Digital Mono English
DVD Release: BCI Eclipse
Region Coding: Region 1 NTSC
Retail Price: $12.98
Cemetery Girls: While traveling on a desolate road four women and their male companion are forced to find refuge in a abandon sanitarium.
Cemetery Girls was also released under the name Dracula’s Great Love. The plot for Cemetery Girls is heavily influenced by the Universal’s horror films of the 1930’s especially Dracula. At the core of Cemetery Girls is a count Dracula like character named Dr. Wendell Marlow who is in search of a virgin who can give him the true love that has always eluded him. Dr. Wendell Marlow has no trouble attracting the ladies. He only has a problem attracting the right lady. The first hour of the film is slow moving with the bulk of the bloodshed and nudity in the last twenty minutes of the film.
Visually there are some stylish slow motion moments of vampire women running around in their skimpy night gowns. There are no real shocks and the films ending is a letdown. Paul Naschy is cast in the lead role of Dr. Wendell Marlow and his performance is not one of his more memorable. Rosanna Yanni (Two Undercover Angels, Kiss Me, Monster) is cast as Senta one of the four women who stay at the sanatorium when their carriage breaks down. The best performance in the film is Haydée Politoff in the role of Karen the virgin who wins the affection of Dr. Wendell Marlow. Ultimately Cemetery Girls is a tedious horror film that is short on thrills.
Vampire Hookers: Two sailors go looking for their friend who was last seen going into a cemetery with a prostitute.
Vampire Hookers was directed by Cirio H. Santiago whose other notable films include T.N.T. Jackson, Ebony, Ivory, and Jade, Escape from Women’s Hell Hole and Caged Fury. Vampire Hookers was also released under the title Cemetery Girls. The plot for Vampire Hookers is simple and not hard to follow. Sure it is absurd story with horrible acting and awful dialog that tries to be funnier than it is, but this is all part of it’s charm.
John Carradine is cast as the lead vampire John Peter Richmond. His performance reminds me of the work that Béla Lugosi did with director Ed Wood. Despite all the things that are wrong with this film there are many things that work like Pavo, an Igor looking servant who helps the vampires. There is plenty to laugh at like Pavo’s flatulent problem and the sailors hitting on some tyrannies. Ultimately Vampire Hookers is a bad film that can be fun if you go in with low expectations.
BCI’s Exploitation Cinema double feature presents both films in an anamorphic widescreen that preserves their original aspect ratios. Both transfers are also flagged for progressive playback. The transfer for Cemetery Girls fluctuates in quality throughout. Colors look off and details look to soft in a few scenes. The transfer for Vampire Hookers is in better shape as the colors look nicely saturated and details look crisp throughout. Both films do have some minor instances of print damage.
Each film comes with one audio option a Dolby Digital mono mix in English. Cemetery Girls has noticeable background noise and the audio sounds flat in many scenes. Vampire Hookers sounds clear and evenly balanced with no major audio defects.
The extras for this release are limited to trailers for Blood Mania, Wild Rebels, Angels Die Hard, Hell on Wheels, Chain Gang Women and a combo trailer for The Velvet Vampire and Scream of the Demon Lover. You can view each film separate or via a Grindhouse viewing options that incorporates trailers before each film. Both films have a scene selection which can be accessed via the concession stands pricing board in the lobby. The trailers can also be accessed spate of the Grindhouse viewing option with you select the project booth door in the lobby. Overall BCI’s Exploitation Cinema double feature is a satisfying release that features two of this DVD series more enjoyable films.