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Blood and Roses

Released 1961
Distributor Paramount

Even with a trailer tracked with library music from Teenagers from Outer Space, Roger Vadim’s gorgeous and sexy pre-Bava Euro-horror is one of the coolest, most unjustly neglected vampire pix of all time, mostly because it’s been unseeable for years. Here’s a link to Glenn Erickson’s review of a new German Region 2 PAL DVD release.

About Joe Dante

Joe Dante is a lifelong film buff who turned his obsession into a career. He got his start cutting trailers for Roger Corman and later directed the hit movie Gremlins, as well as Gremlins 2: The New Batch, Innerspace and Small Soldiers for producer Steven Spielberg. His feature films include The Howling, Piranha, Matinee, The ‘burbs , Looney Tunes Back in Action, The Hole (first winner of the 3D Persol Award at the Venice Film Festival) and the zom-com Burying the Ex. His TV directing work includes: Police Squad, Amazing Stories, the HBO film The Second Civil War, the Masters of Horror titles Homecoming and The Screwfly Solution, and episodes of Eerie, Indiana, CSI: NY, Hawaii 5-0, Witches of East End, Legends of Tomorrow and Salem. His latest big screen credit is an episode of the upcoming Nightmare Cinema.