Welcome to the Killer Serials on Dieselpunks.
Killer Serials is our segment on Dieselpunks for showcasing cliffhangers and serial thrillers from Hollywood's golden age.
In November 1915, the walls of Paris were plastered with street posters that depicted three masked faces with a question mark as a noose, and the questions "who, what, when, where?"
The morning newspapers printed the following poem:
Of the moonless nights they are kings,
darkness is their kingdom.
Carrying death and sowing terror
the dark Vampires fly,
with great suede wings,
ready not only to do evil... but to do even worse.
Written and directed by Louis Feuillade, Les Vampires is a ten part criminal thriller set in Paris, France.
La bague qui tue (The Killer Ring) 15 min.
Released on 13 November 1915
Behind the scenes of Les Vampires
The series was made during the early years of World War I, and this makes an impact not just in the chilling content and doom-laden mood of the piece, but also in the eerie look of the abandoned locations chosen by Feuillade. If anything, the cinematography is darker and more artistically accomplished than in the Fantômas series, and the film still has the power to shock and chill the spectator.
Stay tuned for part three next weekend on Serial Killers.