"Don't do that!" The gay flight attendant's protests are futile in Betty's dream, and the dangling woman below doesn't even bother protesting.
People keep getting the two girls mixed up, including new boyfriend Mr. Larsen, who's such a stud that Clarimonde would rather screw than suck him. Even a pack of vampires who invite Clarimonde to the titular happening get the women mixed up, what with those damned wigs. Eventually it's up to Clarimonde to bail Betty out of a dangerous situation, since family ties are stronger than vampire loyalty, but the thing we noticed in this crucial scene when the two faces of Pia Degermark meet for the first and only time was that director Francis couldn't even come up with a proper double-exposure payoff to all the confusion.
Joachim Kemmer nearly steals the picture as the liberated vampire monk Martin. Whether the picture was worth stealing is another matter entirely.
The Vampire Happening house band warms up the crowd before Count Dracula arrives in ultra-modern fashion, to as warm a reception as vampires can offer. Actual dialogue: "Let's play!"
Worse, The Vampire Happening looks like the sort of film that was dated as soon as it was made. Though a Seventies film, it struck Wendigo as an obsolete product of a Sixties mindset. Even the erotic elements felt quaint to him; a Seventies film at least should have had full-frontal nudity. Speaking for myself, the film is weighed down by now hopelessly dated gags. At the Happening, a vampire is dressed as a Chinese Communist and repels another vampire by shoving a copy of Chairman Mao's Little Red Book in his mouth. When Count Dracula descends from his helicopter (?), escorted by American gangsters (??), he's greeted by Rosemary's Baby (???), a little girl who bites his finger (????). Worse yet, there's a casual homophobia aimed at that flight attendant that's inconsistent (not to mention just plain mean) with frequent displays of lesbian vampirism (including random bits of nunsploitation). Maybe the filmmakers thought the lesbian stuff was obligatory. During the Happening, Martin tries to hit on a female vampire, only to be cut in on by another female. "Are you one, too?" he asks, having seen nearly as many as we have during the picture.
Wendigo and I argued a bit over the screencaps for this film. I was tempted to put up quite a few more because there were plenty of weird details that might appeal to movie fans with more eclectic or eccentric tastes -- and you know who you are, don't you? But Wendigo felt that I'd be making the film look far funnier or salacious than it actually is. I have to agree with that, because at 100 minutes this film really starts dragging after a while. The climactic Happening definitely goes on for too long, and for many viewers the movie will have worn out its welcome long before then. I'll content myself with a few hints that different tastes might get a different experience from The Vampire Happening than we did, but I wouldn't bet on it.
The R-rated trailer was uploaded to YouTube by minuitsang