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Fangs of the Living Dead (1969)

Malenka (original title)
PG | | Horror | 18 May 1973 (USA)
A beautiful virgin inherits a castle, but when she arrives at it, she finds that the inhabitants include a strange nobleman and a bevy of beautiful women she suspects may be vampires.

Director:

Amando de Ossorio

Writers:

Amando de Ossorio (screenplay), Amando de Ossorio (story)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Anita Ekberg ... Malenka / Sylvia Morel
Gianni Medici Gianni Medici ... Dr. Piero Luciani (as John Hamilton)
Diana Lorys ... Bertha Zemis
Rosanna Yanni ... Freya Zemis
César Benet César Benet ... Max (as Guy Roberts)
Carlos Casaravilla ... Dr. Horbinger
Fernando Bilbao ... Vladis the Coachman
Paul Muller ... Dr. Albert
Adriana Santucci Adriana Santucci ... The Count's Maid
Aurelia Treviño Aurelia Treviño ... Village Woman
Juanita Ramírez Juanita Ramírez ... Brugard the Barmaid
Adriana Ambesi Adriana Ambesi ... Blinka (as Audrey Ambert)
Julián Ugarte Julián Ugarte ... Uncle / Count Walbrooke
Keith Kendal Keith Kendal ... Man
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Storyline

A beautiful virgin inherits a castle, but when she arrives at it, she finds that the inhabitants include a strange nobleman and a bevy of beautiful women she suspects may be vampires.

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Genres:

Horror

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

Spain | Italy

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

18 May 1973 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Fangs of the Living Dead See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(Scream Factory Blu-ray)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

One of the first vampire films from Spain, it was inspired by similarly themed Italian and British vampire films that were being released during the same time period, such as Dance of the Vampires. It has been credited as being "the 1969 picture that hammered the final nail into the cinematic coffin of the bomb-shelter-era bombshell Anita Ekberg," as well as being "one of the most original gothic examples of Spanish horror." See more »

Goofs

As Sylvia reads the dates of birth and death from the crypt, she says "1790-1840" although the stone reads 1768-1840. See more »

Quotes

Malenka: You mean to tell me that the ancestors are still alive?
Uncle: Not exactly.
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Alternate Versions

An English dubbed version of this film was released in the United States in 1973 as part of the "Orgy of the Living Dead" triple feature. The film was cut to approximately 75 minutes and re-titled "Fangs of the Living Dead." See more »

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Features Kill, Baby... Kill! (1966) See more »

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"Ugh! What Death Does To Some People!"
2 December 2003 | by dwingroveSee all my reviews

The Spanish vampire 'classic' Malenka plays like a Mel Brooks parody of a Gothic horror movie, only much funnier. It stars the inimitable Anita Ekberg in two roles. As Italian supermodel Sylvia Morel, who (out of the blue) inherits a creepy old castle in Transylvania. As her villainous ancestress Malenka, a witch whose experiments in black magic cast a sinister shadow over the living and the undead. It seems that Malenka, in her depravity, turned most of her family into vampires. They now long for nothing more than La Ekberg to share their evil fate.

Families, eh? Without the hilarity of Ekberg's performance, Malenka would be a paltry thing indeed. The lovely Anita does not act as mere mortals do. She purrs, she pouts, she preens, she struts, she flounces. She gnaws away at her risible dialogue as though every line had been honed in her honour by Tennesee Williams or Edward Albee, at the very least. Her wardrobe is atrocious as only a 60s Bad Euro Movie wardrobe could ever be. Faced with a display of camp diva-dom this extreme, female impersonators can only hang up their wigs and admit defeat!

Not content with one Superlatively Awful Performance, Malenka also throws in Julian Ugarte as poor Sylvia's wicked uncle. Aided by two leggy vampire lovelies, he attacks his role with sneering, lip-curling sadism that would make Basil Rathbone blush for shame! This is all to the good, as Malenka grows insufferably dull whenever Ekberg or the baddies are off-screen. Director Armando de Ossorio may in fact have some flair for wide-screen composition, but my Dutch video copy is so horribly panned-and-scanned it's hard to tell.

Such minor quibbling aside, Malenka survives as an object lesson in Why We Love Bad Movies. Teamed with Ekberg's 1978 horror opus Killer Nun, it could be the comedy double bill of all time.


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