THE PLAYGIRLS AND THE VAM­PIRE The nip­ples of his­tory

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re­leased OUT NOW! 1960 | 15 | DVD

Di­rec­tor Piero Reg­noli Cast Wal­ter Brandi, Lyla Rocco, Maria Giovannini, Al­fredo Rizzo

Fans of naked- vam­pire­women films! Here’s the first one! But what was risqué then now looks mild in­deed.

The plot is pure horny hor­ror for the boys: a group of glam­orous show­girls get lost and have to spend the night at a re­mote cas­tle where a blood­sucker re­sides. Once there they wan­der round in corsets and di­aphanous night­ies, but it’s mostly a tease – a strip is in­ter­rupted just as the bra’s about to come off, and a girl who says, “I think I’ll go and take a shower” never ac­tu­ally does. The dirty mac bri­gade must have ex­ploded with frus­tra­tion. But then – movie his­tory! – there’s a brief top­less shot, although, hi­lar­i­ously, for the rest of the time the girl’s body is shrouded in the black­est shadow you’ve ever seen.

A big hit at the time, this dubbed Ital­ian flick is light­hearted, padded, and mostly pain­less fare, quite like­able but never es­pe­cially thrilling. Send it to your dirty un­cle.

Ex­tras Kim New­man dis­cusses the film in his usual ami­able fash­ion ( 15 min­utes), then in­tro­duces a quar­ter- of- an­hour long 8mm ver­sion, which is both dull and fas­ci­nat­ing. Plus: a short deleted scene, French cred­its and a trailer. Rus­sell Lewin

Di­rec­tor Reg­noli pre­vi­ously worked as the film critic for the Vat­i­can’s daily news­pa­per, L’Osser­va­tore Romano.

Es­ther Rantzen: flip­ping ter­ri­fy­ing.

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