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.
L'évassion du mort (The Escaping Dead Man) 37 min.
Released on 28 January 1916
Behind the scenes of Les Vampires
In her tightly fitting black costume, and with her beautifully alluring looks, her part as the notorious Irma Vep (an anagram of ’vampire’) has an indelibly iconic feel about it, and must have both shocked and delighted cinema audiences at the time.
Stay tuned for part six next weekend on Serial Killers.