The Playgirls and the Vampire (1960) from Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy; Greg Wroblewski)
You old guys will
understand, but for you young bucks, let me put this movie into
Perspective is critical to understand the past. For example, Rembrandt existed long before the impressionists started to add light and pastels to paintings. He existed in a word where paint-mixing skills were different. He existed in a world where interiors were lit only by windows during the day and and candles at night. He existed in a time when people work dark clothing, and in which the nobility avoided the sun. You have to know those things, and not view him from today's context, or was he's just a guy whose entire pallette seemed to consist of various shades of dark brown.
Same with some of these old flicks. Try to see them with my eyes.
This was made in 1960, when I was in elementary school. In those days, 11 year olds had no idea what a tit even looked like unless you either spied on your mom and sisters, or read National Geographic. There was no HBO, or nudity in PG-13 movies, or internet. In the mid 60's, we could sneak into art house stuff or European movies, but in 1960? - Ike was still president, for heaven's sake. We didn't have jack.
|Looking back from today, it seems that Europe has always had grade-z horror films, and that they have always been available in cheesy dubbed versions, in which the dubbing was done by virtual non-actors. Well, tain't so. Between 1910 and 1957, there really were no Italian horror films, and even the respected I Vampiri bombed miserably at the box office in 1957. So, a vampire movie from Italy was news enough, but when the vampire's first victim was exhumed from the grave and spent the movie naked, and when the other women in the cast were showgirls who even did stripteases - well, that was some pretty hot news in 1960. Of course, the naked woman was self-censored by camera angles, and the strip was just getting good when the menacing housekeeper interrupted the rehearsal, and .... well, you know. This is about a PG movie today, but in those days ..... Well, our older brothers would talk about this kind of crap for weeks or months, and we 11 year olds could only dream.||
I'll bet you'll never guess the plot. Let's see. Five exotic dancers,
their manager and their rehearsal pianist are driving through the
Hungarian mountains when ..........
Surprise, they can't drive any further
They are in danger from a flooding river, the bridge is out, and they must take refuge in ......
Surprise, a spooky old castle where everyone is named Gabor, Laszlo, or Zoltan.
One of the showgirls looks exactly like ......
Surprise, the original countess whose picture is on the wall.
And therefore, she must become the bride of .......
Surprise, the original count, who is still alive as one of the undead.
|But she is constantly
fooled because the original count looks exactly like the current
count, who is also alive and un-undead, and is a scientist trying to
find a way to give his ancestor peace. But the ancestor sees some
tasty strippers and his dead wife again and .....
Surprise, he's filled with spunk and vitality once more, and doesn't want to die now.
yadda, yadda, yadda
Also in this movie, as the comic-relief (the girls' manager), is Alfredo Rizzo, who became famous as the chauffeur for Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn in Roman Holiday.
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