Ladies of the Night (Les Vampyres) 2000

 Ladies of the Night (Les Vampyres) 2000

Nightfall. A young woman, frightened, makes her way along a deserted European street. She feels pursued by something she can’t see. Fade to black.

She awakens in a candlelit mansion, the prey of vampires -- two beautiful, dangerous creatures of the night. They toy with her, teasing, tormenting, seducing her until she submits to their will, and then she is taken to their dungeon for more refined tortures that end in the sampling of her virgin blood.

That’s the basic plot of Ladies of the Night, a new 30-minute surreal fetish experience from Maria Beatty, one of the most interesting and inventive of today’s adult filmmakers. Beatty’s style in this and the previous The Black Glove, released in 1996, is an erotic silent-film feeling, which is heightened by effective use of sound as a mood element.

What makes Beatty (and collaborator R. Pettet) different is her ability to create an exquisitely distinctive, expressionistically gothic, black-and-white excursion into dominance and submission, bondage and discipline, pain and pleasure. Beatty is a master at creating erotic tension.

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