director Stephanie Rothman
Interesting and unusual, but still not quite remarkable, Stephanie Rothman’s The Velvet Vampire won’t probably change your life but is certainly worth seeing.
Celeste Yarnall is the titular (in more ways that one!) vampire, an ageless lady, mourning her long-dead love, who makes her home in the California desert. She invites a young couple to her home to spy on voyeuristically, to seduce, and eventually to feed upon.
Unfortunately, this couple are not just bad actors but quite annoying people. Which leaves our Velvet Vampire as the only interesting character in the film.
The desert setting, daylight excursions in a dune buggy, the dream sequences that could be Pink Floyd album covers all add flavor to this film.
I’ve always loved the poster.