“...a love letter to offbeat lesbian vampire films that offers powerful discourse on self-identity, feminism, and the violence wrought from religious dogma. Immersive, elegantly photographed, and guided by a terrific original score by Night Kisses, Blood of the Tribades urges vampire tradition forward in challenging new directions.” - Chris Hallock, Boston Underground Film Festival
"...the film examines the perception of women in an oppressively masculine society, one in which they are taught obedience and complacency, remaining the unwitting victims of theocratic doctrine weaponised by dogmatic fundamentalists...8/10" - Andrew Marshall, Starburst Magazine
“...refreshingly uncommon...featuring a unique, fully realized world unto its own—a world populated by vampires that roam forests and ruins...one with its own hierarchy and class system in place. Besides the immersive mythology of the piece, the impressive array of locales—many absolutely gorgeous—on display in this film is astounding…” - Daniel XIII, Famous Monsters of Filmland
"...a considerable achievement visually, with meticulously considered shot compositions and a lush colour palette that enhances and foregrounds the colours of the natural world. Pink skies reflect in slivers of water and nature’s various shades of green seem to pulsate from the screen"
"...acts as an attack on those who bend religion to their own ends, and serves to highlight the detriment (to both men and women) brought about by patriarchy and male privilege." - Kevan Farrow, Scream
The blood is the life!
About the producers/directors:
Sophia Cacciola (she/her/her) and Michael J. Epstein (he/him/his) are Los Angeles based filmmakers, writers, and musicians. Their films and music have been have been featured in such outlets as TIME, USAToday, SPIN, CURVE, and Fangoria.
Blood of the Tribades is the third feature film (after TEN and Magnetic), from Sophia Cacciola and Michael J. Epstein. This film was deeply inspired by both the sparse, surrealist, weirdo 70s arthouse euro vampire films [e.g., The Shiver of the Vampires (1971), Lips of Blood (1975), and Vampyros Lesbos (1971)] and the theatre-derived British Hammer vampire films [e.g., Twins of Evil (1971), Countess Dracula (1971), Lust For a Vampire (1971), and The Vampire Lovers(1970)].