If you like movies that have a sense of camp [intended or otherwise], then Fangs of the Living Dead is right up your alley. Don't listen to the naysayers, this film is a joy to watch from start to finish. The opening credits include a torch song that sounds like it was lifted from a low budget James Bond film. The giggles begin there and never let up through the vampire cat fight scene toward the end of the film. [Joan Collins and Linda Evans would be proud!]
The film's star is Anita Ekberg [La Dolce Vita, War and Peace] who won the 1956 Golden Globe for Most Promising Newcomer. She is great as Sylvia, a blond bombshell who inherits a castle, which she later discovers is crawling with vampires, including her Uncle and his army of undead beauties. [I hate when that happens.] The sets are well constructed, especially those that take place inside the mansion [the Gothic crypt is beautiful] and the music sets the mood perfectly with its classic B-movie horror sound effects.
There are three versions of Fangs that are available for your viewing pleasure. The first is the American "public domain" print which can be seen on TV and cheap horror collections. [It's not bad.] The second is a longer European cut exported from Holland that is missing the gag ending. [A shame, indeed.] The third can be found in places like Amazon and Netflix and is a restored widescreen version from Retromeida. [I haven't see this version yet.] Don't miss Fangs of the Living Dead. It's Italian horror at its campy best.
RATING: Very Good.
For more info check out the film's entry in IMDB.
Fangs of the living dead "trailer"
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