Les Vampires

The undisputed master of the espionage serial, Louis Feuillade (Fantômas) crafted films with labyrinthine plots and unforgettable characters that influenced multiple generations of filmmakers. Comprised of ten episodes, and clocking in at nearly seven hours in duration, LES VAMPIRES is an unqualified masterpiece. It follows journalist Philippe Guérande (Édouard Mathé) in his efforts to expose a vast criminal organization known as the Vampires. Joined by a comical sidekick, Mazamette (Marcel Lévesque), and often competing against a rival gang lord (Fernand Herrmann), Guérande dethrones a succession of the Vampires' Grand Masters. But most evasive of all is the Vampires' muse, a seductive assassin who performs her job with deadly grace: Irma Vep (Musidora). Authorized by the Gaumont Studios, this edition was mastered in HD from the 35mm restoration produced in 1996 by the Cinémathèque Française, under the supervision of Feuillade's grandson, Jacques Champreux.


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Les Vampires Episode 1: The Severed Head

Philippe Guérande, a reporter investigating a criminal ring known as the Vampires, receives notice Inspector Durtal's body was found in the swamps near Saint-Clement-Sur-Cher. He spends the night in a nearby castle owned by an old friend of his father.


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Les Vampires Episode 2: The Deadly Ring

The Grand Vampire learns that ballerina Marfa Koutiloff, Philippe's fiancée, will perform a ballet called The Vampires. To prevent her from exposing the Vampires, he gives Marfa a poisoned ring before her performance.


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Les Vampires Episode 3: The Red Cryptogram

Philippe tries to decode a red booklet he found on the Grand Inquisitor's body. Following clues, he arrives at "The Howling Cat", where Irma Vep is performing. The Grand Vampire wants Irma to get the booklet back from Philippe.


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Les Vampires Episode 4: The Spectre

The Grand Vampire, under disguise as a real estate broker, meets businessman Moréno, looking for an apartment with a safe. Irma learns that a Mr. Metadier has to transfer a large sum of money to another branch. Soon after, Mr. Metadier is murdered. When Irma is about to take the money, a spectre of Mr. Metadier appears.


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Les Vampires Episode 5: The Corpse’s Escape

The magistrate from Saint-Clement-Sur-Cher is assigned to the Vampire case and Moréno. Moréno kills himself using a concealed capsule in his cell. During the night he wakes up alive, and escapes. While writing of the events, Philippe is pulled out of his window by the Vampires.


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Les Vampires Episode 6: The Eyes That Mesmerize

Moréno is looking for clues to lead him to the Vampires, and reads in a paper that a notary has been murdered. Philippe and Mazamette see a newsreel on the murder, in which they recognize Irma and the Grand Vampire. They head to Fontainebleau to investigate.


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Les Vampires Episode 7: Satanas

Moréno tries to rid a mysterious stranger from his home, but he is paralyzed. The man reveals himself to be the true Grand Vampire, Satanas. While at a cabaret Moréno and Irma receive a note from Satanas saying they will see proof of his power at two o'clock.


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Les Vampires Episode 8: The Lord of Thunder

Irma is to be sent to a penal colony in Algeria. Satanas follows Irma's route in disguise as a priest. At the port, he gives religious comfort to the prisoners, and send's Irma a secret message. Philippe finds that the explosive that hit the "Happy Shack" came from Montmartre, and Mazamette goes to investigate.


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Les Vampires Episode 9: The Poison Man

Venomous learns that Philippe is engaged to Jane Bremontier, and Irma's maid hears their upcoming engagement party will be catered by the famous Béchamel House. Venomous cancels Philippe and Jane's catering order, and the Vampires appear at the party instead.


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Les Vampires Episode 10: The Bloody Wedding

Philippe and Jane, newly married, hire Augustine Charlet to be their chamber maid. Madame d’Alba, a Vampire, hypnotizes Augustine to unlock the door of Philippe's apartment at 2 am. Mazamette, who has taken to Augustine, awakens and sees her descend the stairs.


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