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Kat Ellinger

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781800348295

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2022

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781800348295.001.0001

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Vampyros Lesbos

Vampyros Lesbos

(p.31) Chapter Two: Vampyros Lesbos
Daughters of Darkness

Kat Ellinger

Liverpool University Press

This chapter compares and contrasts, as well as analyses, aspects of the film against its peers and contemporaries within the wider playing field of lesbian vampire cinema in general. It argues that the brilliance of Daughters of Darkness lies in the way it plays with Gothic tradition, embraces the essence of French Fantastique, and the fact it takes advantage of the erotic film market and loosening of censorship. All these serve to not only thrill audiences, but provide them with a film that delivers plenty of substance and subtext. As a lesbian vampire film, above all other things, Daughters of Darkness has a direct connection to literary tradition, as well as to an entire canon of lesbian vampire cinema, which developed from the early 1930s up until the 1970s. The chapter examines some of those cinematic connections to see where the film fits with its peers and contemporaries.

Keywords:   lesbian vampire cinema, film censorship, Gothic tradition, Fantastique, cinematic connections, erotic film

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