Killer Barbys vs. Dracula
Carsten Frank, Jacinto Santos Parras for Impacto Films/Quiet Village Filmkunst
directed by Jess Franco
starring Silvia Superstar & the Killer Barbies, Kike Sarasola (= Enrique Sarasila), Dan van Husen, Billy King, Lina Romay, Aldo Sambrell, Peter Martell (= Pietro Martellanza), Katja Bienert, Bela B.Felsenheimer, Carsten Frank, Fata Morgana, Carmen Montes, Ezequiel Cohen, Paul Lapidus
screenplay by Jess Franco, José Roberto Villa, Rosa Maria Almirall (= Lina Romay), music by Jess Franco, Daniel J. White, songs by the Killer Barbies, Bela B.Felsenheimer & die Ärzte
Killer Barbys, Dracula
Lina Romay, as Transylvania's militaristic minister of cultural affairs,
brings Dracula's coffin - with the vampire (Kike Sarasola) neatly
staked inside - to a Spanish amusement park where punk band the Killer
Barbies are to perform. During their performance, though, the vampire's
stake gets somehow removed, and, when watching the band's concert,
Dracula falls in love with sexy lead singer Silvia Superstar.
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still his thirst for blood, Dracula also has to bite some people to
death, among them ex-sex-star Katja Bienert as a tv-reporter & his
own arrogant descendant (Bela
B.Felsenheimer of the extremely popular German fun-punk-band die
Ärzte) , as well as a fake Dracula (Peter
Martell) & a militaristic Romanian government official (of course Lina
Soon, there's vampire galore since
the vampire infection has become epedemic, & the police - not all
that familiar with the supernatural - knows little to do against it, but
fortunately, the wise but blind doctor Seward (Dan van Husen) drops by
& makes up a plan that involves Silvia Superstar running around some
misty streets & being attacked by Dracula on stage.
In the end,
pretty much everyone in the movie still alive helps in hammering a stake
through the vampire's heart.
Though it has an intentionally stupid story & intentionally silly
dialogue, this movie is full of missed opportunities, since due to a
messed up screenplay that has many plot-elements lead to nowhere, much
of the fun comes across rather pointless in the end. And, this movie,
though most of the women are in revealing, even sexy outfits, contains no
nudity. Well come on, after all, this is a Jess Franco movie
Lina Romay's performance is pretty funny though, a broad caricature
of a sadistic prison warden (of which Franco had so many in his movies
during the 70's), but the best performance is Dan van Husen as
charismatic (charismatic ? He has to be, his assistant announces him
that way !) Dr. Seward, a perfect parody of the blind Dr. Orloff of Jess
Franco's La Comtesse Noire/Female Vampire from some 30 years
earlier - a performance that is still highly hilarious even if you haven't
seen that film !