The first real Italian horror film, directed by a sumptuous master of cinema, with the wonderful cinematography of Mario Bava
An absolute must-see for fans of vampire cinema
Released before the great gothic classics of British production company Hammer
For a long time, many self-styled experts dismissed Freda as simply a skilled craftsman, above all because of his absolute belief in the idea of cinema as an instrument with which to bring pleasure to the public. Today we can be more honest: Freda is a sumptuous Maestro. What further proof is needed than the obstinate persistence of his films over time. I vampiri remains an energetic and fascinating film, whether you enjoy it by allowing yourself to become immersed in the diabolically involving plot, or simply let yourself be entertained with a detached sense of irony. Brilliant scenographer Beni Montresor reconstructed in the Titanus studios in Rome, a fantastic contemporary Paris. Due to disagreements with the film’s producers, Freda walked away from the film before it was finished. His place was taken by cinematographer Mario Bava, excellent as usual in his intense creation of perfectly controlled parallel universes.
A number of girls are found dead, their corpses completely drained of blood. A journalist, whose girlfriend has mysteriously been kidnapped, begins investigating. An unexpected blood-thirsty monster is responsible for the murders.