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The Blood Drinkers (1964) October 7th, 2020

Katrina, the vampire lord Marco’s lover, will die without a heart transplant. Unfortunately only the heart of Charito, her secret twin sister, will save her. Marco’s unrelenting efforts bring him and his vampire crew into conflict with the local villagers throughout the film and culminate in a human vs. vampire forest brawl.

I won’t recommend The Blood Drinkers for the dry and convoluted plot, but the visuals exceeded my expectations. One of the first things you’ll notice is the picture transitioning from full color to completely saturated by a single color like red or blue. The film doesn’t explain the use of this effect and the best I can guess the red is supposed to imply imminent danger or violence and blue lets you know the danger’s passed. Besides that the lighting effects in the forest scenes are gorgeous. You know those nighttime forest scenes where extremely bright light beams through the trees behind the subjects who’re somehow also beautifully front lit? Sometimes those shots can look goofy and uneven. Well The Blood Drinkers do have those nighttime forest scenes, but they look awesome. I don’t know why that part of the movie stuck out to me so much, probably because so little else did.

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