Daughters of Darkness

Daughters of Darkness / Belgium / France / Germany, 1971
Dir: Harry Kümel



Stranded in a palatial seafront resort hotel in out-of-season Ostend, newlyweds Stefan (Karlen) and Valerie (Ouimet) find themselves in thrall to the hotel's only other guests, the Countess Elisabeth Bathory (Seyrig) and her surly but sultry companion Ilone. Tension within the young couple - Valerie is pressurising Stefan to inform his disapproving mother of their marriage - is exploited by the countess when she rouses Stefan to ecstasy with an account of her ancestor's unquenchable thirst for blood. Three young women, meanwhile, have been found murdered in nearby Bruges, their bodies drained, and the hotel concierge can't get past the fact he remembers the countess staying at the hotel 40 years previously, and she hasn't aged a day. 

Co-written and directed by Harry Kümel, DAUGHTERS OF DARKNESS remains one of the most exquisitely mesmerizing adult horror films ever made.


Length 1h 27'
Cast Delphine Seyrig, John Karlen, Danielle Ouimet
Script Pierre Drouot, Harry Kümel
Production Showking Films / Maya Films / Ciné Vog Films / Roxy Film
Programme In focus: Flemish horror
Genre horror, drama, romance

Sat, 28.04.

17:30 - Small Hall

Guest: director Harry Kümel