Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Ferat Vampire (Juraj Herz, 1982)

Doctor Marek (Jiří Menzel) is shocked to lose his ambulance driver, Mima (Dagmar Veškrnová), to a job working as a rally driver for foreign car manufacturer Ferat, and even more shocked when he hears whispers that Ferat cars use human blood for their fuel. Beset by censors, Ferat Vampire emerged with its blood-bathed dream sequence intact, as well as with a disturbing industrial soundtrack and a piquant performance by Zdenka Procházková as Madame Ferat, a kind of Countess Elizabeth Báthory- as industrialist. A satire on consumerism, a potent piece of anti-automobile propaganda, and perhaps the purest horror exercise that Herz produced. --Metrograph