Item Description
Italian audio print
with English subtitles of this super obscure Vampire movie with a
twist! A parable on the evils of Capitalism! A very rare movie
largely unknown outside of it's country of origin. Here presented
for the first time with English subs.
A largely unknown but highly
rewarding Euro-Cult gem that transposes the ancient Transylvanian
vampire legend into the commercialized industrial age of 1970s
Italy; director Farina is perhaps best-known (if at all) for the
Carroll Baker-starring adult comic-strip adaptation BABY YAGA
(1973) . The mostly anonymous cast is headed by distinguished
character actor Adolfo Celi (playing the all-powerful tycoon
Giovanni Nosferatu) and whose underlings include one Harker, one
Van Helsing, etc.!; the hero of the piece is played by Giuliano
Disperati  and their female counterparts are essayed by
Geraldine Hooper (as Celi's androgynous secretary) and red-headed
hottie Francesca Modigliani (portraying a bare-breasted hippy who
hitches a ride in Disperati's car and stays on). Obviously,
Jean-Luc Godard had already paid similar tribute to F.W. Murnau's
Silent vampire masterpiece in his own iconic neo-noir/sci-fi opus
ALPHAVILLE (1965) by naming the Howard Vernon character as
Professor Nosferatu von Braun; the beauty of Farina's – and
co-writer/assistant director/editor Giulio Berruti (who would go on
to direct the middling nunsploitation/slasher KILLER NUN [1978])
– concept, however, is that (as the film's very title
implies) vampires have nowadays changed their faces and instead of
sporting bloodied fangs and enveloping cloaks, they don suits,
haunt business boardrooms and prey upon millions of gullible TV
viewers via puerile (but obviously effective) commercials! The
film's initial stages have a deceptively light-hearted air about
them: predating the amiable "Fantozzi" comedy series of movies by
four years, Disperati cannot believe his luck in being invited to
meet the elusive President of the firm he works for (who inhabits
the 20th floor on which, apparently, only a handful of people have
ever been to); when Disperati is invited to Nosferatu's country
house, he is made to listen to commercials whenever he gets to sit
on the sofa or take a shower! Even so, the subtle choral music on
the soundtrack ominously underscores the sinister air of the rural
surroundings – represented by Nosferatu's omnipresent
watchdog army of white Fiat 500 which 'accompany' every visitor to
the villa. Needless to say, the usual expected elements of vampire
movies are also present in the mix here: the crypt housing
Nosferatu's decaying coffin; the midnight secret meeting of the
Vampire and his acolytes (here made up of, among others, a
Renfield-like advertising agent dreading his boss' reaction to his
clips and even an ecclesiastical authority who imparts his blessing
on the latter's work vis-a-vis censorship issues, etc.). Despite
Disperati's apparent shooting of Nosferatu (whose main relaxation
activity is taking target practice on moaning puppets!), the
eventual climactic defection to the cause – conformism to the
consumerist mentality – of both hero and heroine does not
really come as a surprise and concludes the movie on a satisfying
ROSEMARY'S BABY-like coda.
 
Fully uncut ENGLISH LANGUAGE DVD-R print.
PRINT IS TRANSFERED ONTO NEW, PROFESSIONAL
MAXELL DVD-R.  THE DISC COMES WITHOUT ARTWORK. NO ARTWORK
EXISTS.
Will play on any DVD recorder / player manufactured since
2000.

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