Notable Cast: Veronica Polo, Anthony Rotsa, Victory Vidal, Fele Martinez, Marta Flich, Almudena Leon, Caroline Munro
As I’ve said before in various reviews, I’m not inherently against remakes. Really, I’m not. In the case of many low budget or older films, there are ways to modernize or change a film without deterring from its core intentions and that breeds some creative material in many ways. Vampyres, a modern day Spanish remake of the 1974 exploitation cult film, had a lot of potential to raise the bar on the original and it was obvious that the director and producers had a lot of respect for the films of exploitation past – when one looks at all of the cameos from cult character actors that appear in this film. So it’s an unfortunate turn of events when this updated sensual vampire flick rarely embraces its own artistic hints and simply goes for the simple solution. For those looking for a film with gore and skin, it will certainly fit the minimum requirements of entertainment as a modern day exploitation film. For those hoping for a little bit more, i.e. me, Vampyres is a lackluster horror film with little outside of the basics to appease a growing appetite for better films in the exploitation arena.
Harriet (Polo) is with her friends and looking to spend a relaxing vacation camping out in the woods and getting back to their roots. However, two of their friends didn’t make it. Not only that, but there are two mysterious women in a local house nearby that are bringing home different men every night and it’s a bit suspicious. Could the two things be connected?
Now, not all of Vampyres is bad. Director Victor Matellano desperately tries to make the most of his very limited budget by using all of the elements that his setting has to offer. Dark cryptic basements, lakes, and the wooded road all make for great settings for the film and it gives Vampyres the occasional realistic tone that grounds it. He also attempts to do a few artistic things visually using camera shots and strong gore effects to the benefit of the film to keep it entertaining enough for its short run time. There are certainly suggestions at a much more invested movie that are hinted at in the script, including some secondary characters that might have been better suited for the movie with a bit more development, and while the film doesn’t actually utilize most of these things… they are there.
|If only she had a bigger part...|