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Film / Les Vampires

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A 1915-1916 film serial in 10 parts. These vary greatly in length, from 15 to 60 minutes, making it one of the longest films ever made. The main characters are a journalist and his friend who become involved in trying to uncover and stop a bizarre underground Apache gang, known as The Vampires.

Be warned, it is about 24,000 seconds (6 hours 40 minutes) long.

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  • Aside Glance: On multiple occasions, Mazamette looks right into the camera with a very pointed look on his face to highlight the oddity of the situation. Notably, he's the only character to do so.
  • Banging for Help: Irma in episode 9 when she is tied up and Philipe and Mazamette are waiting for Venomous, she keeps honking a car horn to alert Venomous to her presence.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Augustine is hypnotized into letting the Vampires into the house.
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  • Bound and Gagged: In episode 6 Irma is briefly gagged when Moreno takes her into a room. In episode 9 she is tied up by Philipe and then gagged by Philipe. In the finale episode Augustine is bound and gagged by the Vampires when they enter the house. When the Vampires escape their base she is captured by them and gagged again.
  • Chase Scene: In episode 9 after Irma is released by Venomous.
  • Damsel in Distress: Played with. Happens to Irma multiple times despite her being a villain. However also happens to Augustine.
  • Deadly Gas: In episode 10 the Vampires attempt to kill Philipe this way.
  • Evil vs. Evil: The Vampires spend some time fighting other criminals.
  • Fanservice: Irma Vep. So much so that she seems to have become the film's most well known character.
  • Hypnotic Eyes: Moreno, who hypnotises several characters.
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  • Instant Sedation: Irma when chloroform is used on her by Moreno.
  • Intrepid Reporter: The hero Philippe Guérande is a journalist who investigates and actively tries to stop the titular criminal group.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Venomous, who is also a poisoner, and Satanas, the first Grand Vampire.
  • Significant Anagram: Irma Vep is an anagram of Vampire.
  • Spy Catsuit: Irma Vep, who has become quite iconic for this. Very possibly the Ur-Example for films.


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