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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.
Satanas (Satanas) 46 min.
Released on 15 April 1916
Behind the scenes of Les Vampires
The Vampires series was enormously popular in war-time France, far more so than the comparatively dismal Pathé offering, Les Mystères de New York, even if it received some pretty damning criticism at the time. Both the police and respectable critics condemned the series for its apparent glorification of crime and dubious morality – not that this did anything to stem the series’ growing success.
Stay tuned for part eight next weekend on Serial Killers.