Malenka (1969)

Malenka (1969, SPA/ITA) C-74m. ** D: Amando de Ossorio. Starring Anita Ekberg, John Hamilton (=Gianni Medici), Julián Ugarte, Diana Lorys, Adriana Ambesi, Paul Muller. Nicely atmospheric chiller that makes use of the vampire myth. Ekberg learns she has inherited a castle and travels there, only to find her uncle waiting to turn her into a master vampire. Her fiancé Medici becomes suspicious and investigates. Interesting DRACULA variation, with Ekberg hamming it up considerably. Great sets, good score by Carlo Savina. Director de Ossorio also scripted, his first horror film. Some prints runs longer. Alternative titles: BLOODY GIRL, FANGS OF THE LIVING DEAD, MALENKA THE VAMPIRE, THE NIECE OF THE VAMPIRE, THE VAMPIRE'S NIECE.


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