“BLOOD HUNGER: THE FILMS OF JOSE LARRAZ”—Limited Edition Collecter’s Set

“Blood Hunger: The Films Of Jose Larraz”

Limited Edition Collector’s Set—- A Retrospection

Amos Lassen

Spanish director of horror and erotic films, former comic book illustrator and fashion photographer. Worked in England as Joseph Larraz, and in Spain, using the pseudonym Joseph Braunstein.

One of the most underrated and often neglected genre filmmakers of his generation, Spanish-born director José Ramón Larraz finally receives his due with this collection of his work that brings together a fascinating cross-section of films from the first half of his cinematic career.

“Whirlpool” (1970) has been a rarity for years. Vivian Neves stars as Tulia, a young model invited to a photographer’s secluded country home for what was to be a quiet weekend retreat – but soon transpires to be anything but. “Vampyres” is perhaps the best known and most widely-released of all José Larraz’s films. In it a duo of blood hungry female vampires prowl the British countryside and lure unsuspecting male motorists back to their imposing, dilapidated mansion to drink their blood and drain them in more ways than one. TheComing of Sin” (“La Visita del Vicio”) is about a young gypsy girl who experiences a violent sexual awakening as her dreams of a naked young man on horseback become reality.

LIMITED EDITION CONTENTS

  Three films from José Ramón Larraz, all newly-restored in 2K from original film elements

  Newly-produced, extensive bonus features and unseen archival content

  English subtitles for all features

  Newly commissioned artwork by Gilles Vranckx

  80-page perfect bound book featuring new writing by Jo Botting, Tim Greaves and Vanity Celis

WHIRLPOOL

  Original US Theatrical Cut

  Brand new audio commentary by Tim Lucas

  Obsessive Recurrence: The Early Films of José Larraz – author and critic Kim Newman reflects on the recurring themes and underlying obsessions linking together the early productions of José Larraz

  A Curious Casting – actor Larry Dann on the strange story behind his casting in Whirlpool

  Deviations of Whirlpool – featurette comparing the differences between the US Theatrical Cut and a previously circulated, alternate cut of the film

  Extract from an archival interview with José Larraz

  Image Gallery

  Original US Theatrical Trailer

VAMPYRES

  Brand new audio commentary by Kat Ellinger

  Brand new interviews with producer Brian Smedley-Aston, actors Marianne Morris, Anulka Dziubinska, Brian Deacon, Sally Faulkner, makeup artist Colin Arthur and composer James Kenelm Clarke

  Reimagining Vampyres – a brand new interview with Larraz s friend and collaborator Victor Matellano, director of the 2015 Vampyres remake

  Extract from an archival interview with José Larraz

  Jose Larraz and Marianne Morris Q&A at 1997 Eurofest

  Image Gallery

  Trailers

THE COMING OF SIN

  Spanish and English language versions of the feature

  Brand new audio commentary by Kat Ellinger

  Variations of Vice: The Alternate Versions of The Coming of Sin exploitation expert Marc Morris on the strange and scandalous release history of José Larraz’s most censored film

  Remembering Larraz author and filmmaker Simon Birrell shares his fond and extensive memories of his long-time friend and collaborator José Larraz

  His Last Request (2005, 27 mins) – short film by Simon Birrell made under the guidance of José Larraz and starring Spanish horror legend Jack Taylor

  Extract from an archival interview with José Larraz

  Image Gallery

  Original Spanish Trailer

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