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May 22, 2019

Episode 416: Daughters of Darkness (1971)

Special Guest: Danielle Ouimet
Guest Co-Hosts: Kat Ellinger, Heather Drain

It seemed a fairly ordinary night when Stefan (John Karlen) and his wife Valerie (Danielle Ouimet), two young, normal, healthy kids on their honeymoon. They stop in Belgium on their alleged way to England where they check into a nearly abandoned hotel. There they encounter the mysterious Countess Bathory (Delphine Seyrig) and her assistant Ilona (Andrea Rau). From there, some strange things start to happen in Harry Kümel's Daughters of Darkness (1971).

Kat Ellinger -- author of the Devil's Advocates book on Daughters of Darkness -- and Heather Drain join Mike to discuss lesbian vampires, Blood and Roses, The Velvet Vampire, and more.

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"Accident Et Cymbalum" - François de Roubaix
"Daughters Of Darkness Opening" - François de Roubaix



  1. A great episode of the Projection Booth. Heather Drain and Kat Ellinger always bring interesting perspectives to films, particularly when 1970s Eurohorror is involved. I am surprised you had not watched this before, Mike.

    An adaptation of Carmilla that was not mentioned in the program is an Italian film blandly entitled Terror in the Crypt. Full of atmosphere and starring Christopher Lee, Terror in the Crypt is one of my favorite 1960s gothic films. Though not without flaws (primarily the conclusion), there is much to appreciate in the film.

    Have you considered covering some more Mario Bava films for the podcast? Planet of the Vampires is the only one I remember you doing a program about.

    1. Thanks, Anonymous, for the feedback! You've probably gathered from the show before that I'm very ignorant when it comes to Eurohorror overall and Gialli and other Italian sub-genres in particular. So, don't be surprised that you haven't seen much Bava on the show. I hope to learn more about his oeuvre and other European filmmakers as the show goes on.