Plot: A man (Victor Media) finds himself in a horrific situation, as his girlfriend has vanished and the trail points to an odd cult-like organization. Before she disappeared, the couple had plenty of problems to sort out, as there was constant conflict and no shortage of resentment between the two. Even after she is gone, he tries to find some quick sex to relieve some tension, but he is driven to find her and tracks to this unusual religious sect. He learns of a man named Gunter (Dave Nilson), who seems to be the head of the sect and has a dark past, one that links him to infamous Nazi butcher Mengele and those depraved experiments. It seems as though Gunter is involved in some kind of plot to continue and refine one of Mengele’s blood based experiments, but the man just wants to shut Gunter down. But can one man stand up to an entire sect of strange believers, or will he simply be another casualty in Gunter’s wake?
Entertainment Value: Lust of the Vampire Girls is clearly inspired by the films of horror icons Jean Rollin and Jess Franco, but it fails to really cash in on those legacies. I did appreciate the visual cues that paid tribute, with the beautiful female vampires, weird masks, and compositions, but the movie misses the mark in terms of eroticism or more to the point, sleaze. A little nakedness pops in, but overall this movie avoids both sex and violence, which seems like an odd choice. The chiffon is a nice touch, but the genre is all about naked flesh, stylish visuals, and blood, so ignoring some of the key components seems to have been a mistake. If you put the inspirations out of mind, we have a solid vampire movie that has some thin plot elements, but interesting visuals and a lot of hissing vampire girls. The whole Nazi thread adds some spice to the narrative, but when I hear about a movie with Nazis and vampires, I kind of expect a more wild, over the top experience than this. The pace is rather slow, with a focus on our unnamed lead over the vampire girls or the underground sect. The lead is not likable in the least, so to have him as the focus is another strange choice. I’d rather have had the sect be the focal point, but that’s just my take. I wanted to love this one, as I love the movies that inspired it, but in the end, this one is just too tame and needed to sharpen its teeth. I’d still recommend it to vampire diehards, however.
The films of Rollin and Franco were packed with naked flesh, but sadly, all we get here are a couple of quick topless shots of a blonde covered in blood. I’m not sure why the movie chose to be so prudish with the sex element, given that it often drove the films in this genre, but it is what it is. The bloodshed is minimal, but we do have a good amount of blood flowing. That might sound like a conflict, but the blood is more aftermath and dripping from mouths, as opposed to kinetic violence that yields the crimson. Some gun shots give us a few spurts, as well as a bite scene here and there. The woes of digital blood are evident however, especially in scenes where digital blood spatters the screen and obscures the entire screen. This seems to be turning into a trend and I dislike it greatly, as it doesn’t look real at all and just breaks the movie’s mood. I’d honestly rather have no blood than this digital blood on the lens approach. The dialogue is mostly overly serious stuff, but our abrasive lead provides some douche lines to laugh at. He is such an asshole in general, treats his girlfriend poorly, and just isn’t likable, so his harsh lines can be fun to listen to. His dialogue combined with the overly dramatic sect rhetoric earns a solid point, I think. I wish this one was crazier, as it runs slow and skimps on the sex, violence, and unsettling vibes. Even the Nazi angle seems a little forgettable, so don’t expect a wild ride in this one.
Overall Insanity: 1/10