Les Vampires (1915)
Critic Reviews for Les Vampires
A few hours of it, however, was sufficient to convince this viewer that this French opposite number to The Perils of Pauline is the ultimate in cinema camp. It is a lurid, slow-moving, grotesque stretch-out of fantastic adventures.
Les Vampires, with thrill upon stunt upon criminal chicanery, is as modern as Rush Hour or The X Files.
Louis Feuillade's extraordinary ten-part silent serial of 1916, running just under eight hours, is one of the supreme delights of film.
There's a hero (a resolute reporter), but all the interest goes to Irma and Co -- their heists, their feuds with a rival gang and with the agents of law and order, all conducted by means of slaughter... on a scale and insouciance appropriate to the time.
Audience Reviews for Les Vampires
this isn't a horror movie; it's a crime thriller. produced by gaumont to compete with the popular perils of pauline serial, it's divided into 10 parts, average 30-45 minutes. these were shown in theaters before the main feature. the story follows reporter philippe guérande's investigation of the mysterious exploits of a gang of master criminals known as les vampires. it's full of nefarious plots, disguises and daring escapes, with stunning stuntwork. musidora, a former acrobat, plays irma vep, cinema's first femme fatale, slinking around in a body stocking like catwoman. comic relief is provided by guérande's friend mazamette, who often appears to address the camera. yes it took awhile to get through, but for the most part it was highly entertaining :)
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