Blood of the Virgins AKA Sangre de vírgenes (1967)
Dir. Emilio Vieyra
In Spanish with English subtitles.
A blood drenched vampire epic from the director of "The Curious Dr. Humpp". A potent combination of Latin spice, Hammer-style horror and topless go-go dancing, this vampire movie from south of the border is a wild and untamed slice of raw cinema. A group of young swingers are on holiday in the mountains when their van breaks down. Seeking shelter in an abandoned lodge, they end up having a night none of them will soon forget…A raunchy and radical production - as you'd expect from the country that produced both Evita and Che Guevara. - DVD packaging copy
"BLOOD OF THE VIRGINS proved to be Vieyra's last horror film, and it's a shame too because his transition to color was a successful one. It's not a classic vampire flick by any stretch of the imagination, but there is plenty of atmosphere, the women are beautiful, and the eye-popping gore, which comes out of nowhere, really sets this film apart from any other vampire film made in the world! Just one of Vieyra's odd touches is a series of red-tinted inserts with a seagull flying (in place of the standard vampire bat), which sounds ridiculous but only further adds to the unique viewing experience. It's a very special curio I'm glad Pete Tombs and Co. chose to unearth, and despite a few dragging moments, it's highly entertaining and should please horror fans who think they've seen everything. Unfortunately the film's mix of blood and sex wasn't looked upon too highly by the Argentinian government, which banned the film for four years before finally releasing it to bewildered audiences. By that time, Vieyra had moved on to action pictures and western adventures. Beautiful melon-breasted blonde Susana Beltran ("Ofelia") appeared in all of Vieyra's horror films; fans will remember she is the exotic lab assistant in CURIOUS DR. HUMPP who offers the mad doctor "Use my body to keep you alive!" She can't act, but takes off her clothes at the right times and was a superb vixen in all her movie appearances." - dvddrive-in.com