Gebissen wird nur Nachts
The Vampire Happening
West Germany 1971
Pier A. Caminnecci, H. Klaus Pohlen (executive) for Aquila
directed by Freddie Francis
starring Pia Degermark, Thomas Hunter, Yvor Murillo, Ingrid van Bergen, Joachim Kemmer, Oskar Wegrostek, Ferdy Mayne, Lyvia Bauer, Daria Damar, Kay Williams, Michael Janisch, Toni Wagner, Raoul Rether, Birth Control
written by Karl-Heinz Hummel, August Rieger, music by Jerry van Rooyen
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Actress Betty Williams (Pia Degermark) has inherited a castle in
Transylvania - and wouldn't you know it, the castle comes complete with
its own vampire, Clarimonde, a dead ringer for Betty (and thus also played
by Pia Degermark). Of course, Betty, a modern woman, does not believe in
vampires and lets her servant Joseph (Yvor Murillo) do all the worrying
while she tries to pick up a monk (Joachim Kemmer) from the next-door
conwent, a monk who ultimately falls into Clarimonde's clutches ... but
once reborn as a vampire he realizes he likes that kind of lifestyle much
more than his usual monk-business.
Having lost out on the monk, Betty picks up Larsen (Thomas Hunter), a
teacher from the boarding school next door, and the two start a passionate
affair. Then though Clarimonde decides to butt in and seduces LArsen
pretending to be Betty, but when she wants to bite him, she realizes she
just can't and she learns the joys of human sex ...
Ultimately, Betty finds herself at a party (actually an orgy) only
attended by vampires including Count Dracula (Ferdy Mayne) - and suddenly
the vampires find out she's not one of them ... but Larsen, Joseph and
Clarimonde (!) come to the rescue, and ultimately all the vampires are
eliminated when Joseph stops the clock that was supposed to tell them when
to leave in order to avoid sunlight. Only Clarimonde (who has shown a good
heart after all) survives and she returns to Hollywood in Betty's stead
(who prefers to stay with Larsen anyways) to find some new blood ...
A German sex-horror comedy: This actually spells desaster in itself,
and in all, the film is pretty bad. Especially the comedy is annoyingly
childish, and the whole thing is not helped by the fact that none of the
actors is particularly funny. That said, the film is not a total loss: Pia
Degermark looks very cute, changes (sexy) outfits and wigs a lot and gets
naked a lot as well. Plus Freddie Francis has turned in a decent,
atmospheric directorial job reminiscent of his classic gothics (even if
that does not help the comedy along). Still, in all the film is not worth
your time or money.