Vampirella Films and MPEGs
There were plans for a Vampirella film to be made by Hammer
Films, famous for their dominance of the horror film market in the
1950s and 1960s in conjunction with Warren Publishing. The lead role was,
of course, to be played by Barbara
Leigh. However, this was not to be and the project never got off the
ground - though you can get hold of copies of the original script on eBay
if you wait long enough!
But, Vampirella on celluloid (or DVD) eventually did happen ...
Vampirella - The Film - 1996
In 1996 Vampirella
was launched upon an unsuspecting world.
have yet to meet a vampirella fan who really likes this film. Definitely
a "B" movie, it starred Talisa
Soto in the lead role, with Roger Daltry of The
WHO playing Dracula. Perhaps it is the influence of Hammer films'
classic Dracula films, but a short, English Dracula with blond curly
hair really wasn't convincing. Nor was Talisa Soto as Vampirella
... and her costume looked like it was made out of red plastic rubbish
The story harkened back to the Warren era with Dracula
being an escaped criminal fleeing to Earth from the planet of Drakulon,
pursued by vampirella seeking revenge for Dracula's killing of her
family ... The sci-fi sets of Drakulon were not over inspiring,
and the story on Earth was a bit tepid.
Not necessarily the actors fault, miscast, miswritten
and low-budget this film had "doomed to fail" written
all over it!
However there are probably enough Goth, vampire-philes
and Vampirella fans out there to keep it selling at a trickle via
eBay and Amazon - either in it's own right or part as a double DVD
vampire set paired with Night Hunter (I dread to think what that
film is like!).
I have this film on both DVD and VHS, but it isn't
high on my "must watch again soon" list. I appreciate
the try guys, but no prizes for second best.
Frames from the Movie
This is a Blood Drive Premium item distributed at the Comic Book Extravaganza in New York City in 1997. It was part of a package of exclusive premiums made available to blood donors only. This particular item features three frames of Vampirella on her home planet of Drakulon with an elder!
Authorised by Harris Publishing, who attended each event, each sealed piece of film is 100% original and was sent directly from the movie’s director specifically for the event. Each encasement bears a gold foil seal, so this is not just a piece of film cut from a reel.
These were never sold to the public, and there are less than 75 Blood Drive Movie Film Premiums in existence. Which means that if you owned all 75 sets of frames and spliced them all together you would end up with about four seconds of the film.
I am guessing that these frames are not from the original Master tape; more likely scraps of film taken from the cutting room floor!
Vampirella - The Film Music Score
from the 1996 Vampirella film. I haven't got this yet, but now I know it exists I'll track down a copy eventually and provide a review.
Vampirella - The Script - 1976
This comes up on eBay now and again, the "original" film script for the aborted Hammer Horror Vampirella film.
Both Carolyn Munro and Barbara Leigh were in the running for the title role, though Barbara was the final choice.
Peter Cushing was also short listed to play Pendragon.
I don't have a copy (yet), but by all accounts the film was rather tame by today's standards.
If anyone wants to give a more detailed review of the script please contact me.
Model Search Special Cd - 2001
This CD was a retailer only freebie to promote the
Vampirella Model Search Special
comic and the impending new Monthly
Quick Time Movie features the top models auditioning for the job of Official
Vampirella Model (won by Maria Di Angelis). Good music, flashy special effects and a bunch of
women in various stages of undress twirling about ... I'm sure you get the flavour of this CD.
Harris created the movie on an Apple Mac, and when
they published it someone forgot to make it cross-platform, so dealers
with PCs couldn't read the CD! This was great for me as my local
comic shop was going to bin it and gave it to me as a freebie as
they know I have a Mac.
At over 175 megabytes in size I don't think I will
be hosting the movie on this site for others to view - I am going
to be pushed for web-space as it is! If I get enough PayPal donations
to be able to afford an extra £25/$50 per year to buy more
space then I will reconsider.