Saturday, October 03, 2009

Fangs, But No Fangs

Blonde bombshell Anita Ekberg (famous for her fountain scene in Fellini's La Dolce Vida) inherits a castle and the title of countess, as well as a family curse, in Fangs of the Living Dead (1969).  Fangs, aka Malenka,  was part of a classic drive-in triple feature called 'Orgy of the Living Dead' that boasted one of the best trailers of all time:

It would be hard for any movie to live up to that trailer, but Fangs doesn't even come close.  Director Amando de Ossorio eventually went on to direct the cult classic "blind dead" films, but fans of that series will find little of interest here.  There's virtually no horror or eroticism, and barely any fang work.  Even a cat fight between two of the film's top-heavy supporting actresses fails to generate much excitement.  The most entertaining aspect of the movie was the cheesy organ "sting" that kept playing on the soundtrack.  In theory, I guess this was supposed to signal a shocking moment, but it wound up being used so much that it just became absurd.  Stick this one back in the crypt.

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