GEBISSEN WIRD NUR NACHTS - Jerry Van Rooyen - "TheVampire Happening" (1971)
Tonight's Saturday Night Special is called "Gebissen Wird Nur Nachts" which translates literally into English as "Bitten At Night," but the English title is "The Vampire Happening!"
"The Vampire Happening" is a strange little Freddie Francis directed vampire sex romp comedy from 1971 that is a somewhat interesting movie! Does that make it any good? Well, not exactly!!
The story of Pia Charlotte Caminneci Degermark is an odd one at best! Her first film was "Elvira Madigan" for which she won the best actress award at the Cannes Film Festival in 1967! Four years and three films later, Pia made her last film titled "The Vampire Happening" that was produced by her husband! After that, her life became a jumbled up mess of anorexia and substance abuse! She's since recovered and is still alive somewhere today, and we wish her well!
In "The Vampire Happening" Pia plays an actress named Betty Williams, and this is a sample of the kind of people who watched her movies!
Betty Williams has just flown to Transylvania where she has inherited this castle! She originally came just to check it out and then sell the place, but that plan doesn't get her very far!
Betty is greeted by the caretaker of the joint, Yvor Murillo as Josef, in his one of only two film credits!
Upon arrival, Betty finds out that her Great Grandmother Clarimonde bears a striking resemblance to herself, and soon finds out that she was also a vampire that was feared throughout the land! Pia Degermark also has the role of Clarimonde of course, only with black tresses!
Pretty cool looking shot from the flashback dream sequence, I have to admit!
"The Vampire Happening" is chock full of sexual innuendos like these servings of pudding and the mossy base of this tree!
Believe it or don't but we had no knowledge of this film when Tabonga.......
...........created this clock for "13 O'Clock Theatre!"
The music used in "The Vampire Happening" was created by Jerry (Küss Mich, Monster) Van Rooyen!! My favourite part of the whole film is the little snippet in the sound clip of the broadcast from "Transylvania Radio!" Now that's freakin' funny!
It's impossible to have a good Euro vampire tale without some kind of girl's school involved!
Cool! This vampire has gold crowns!
Here's where the real 'Happening' comes into play! It's a big vampire party and orgy replete with a genuine vampire band!!
Dracula comes to the 'Happening' in his own private company whirlybat!
This just might be the only time you will ever see a picture of a vampire eating a banana! Ferdy (The Fearless Vampire Killers) Mayne has the role of Dracula!!
It's not like I forgot to tell you the story, it's just that it's not really that important!
Dracula carries a player's card and is welcomed to the free 'all you can eat' buffet!!!
When the sun comes up, the party is over, and the vampires go down!!
I've always been of the mind that comedies should be funny for some strange reason, because if they're not, they are kind of meaningless, but like vampires, "The Vampire Happening" mostly just bites and sucks!