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There were plans for a Vampirella film to be made by Hammer Films, famous for their dominance of the horror film market in the 1950s and 1960s in conjunction with Warren Publishing. The lead role was, of course, to be played by Barbara Leigh. However, this was not to be and the project never got off the ground - though you can get hold of copies of the original script on eBay if you wait long enough!
But, Vampirella on celluloid (and DVD) eventually did happen.
Vampirella - the film - 1996
In 1996 Vampirella was launched upon an unsuspecting world.
I have yet to meet a Vampirella fan who really likes this film. Definitely a "B" movie, it starred Talisa Soto in the lead role, with Roger Daltry of The WHO playing Dracula. Perhaps it is the influence of Hammer films' classic Dracula films, but a short, English Dracula with blond curly hair really wasn't convincing. Nor was Talisa Soto as Vampirella... and her costume looked like it was made out of red plastic rubbish bags.
The story harkened back to the Warren era with Dracula being an escaped criminal fleeing to Earth from the planet of Drakulon, pursued by Vampirella seeking revenge for Dracula's killing of her family. The sci-fi sets of Drakulon were not over inspiring, and the story on Earth was a bit tepid.
Not necessarily the actors fault, miscast, miswritten and low-budget this film had "doomed to fail" written all over it!
However there are probably enough Goth, vampire-philes and Vampirella fans out there to keep it selling at a trickle via eBay and Amazon - either in it's own right or part as a double DVD vampire set paired with Night Hunter (I dread to think what that film is like!).
I have this film on both DVD and VHS, but it isn't high on my "must watch again soon" list. I appreciate the try guys, but no prizes for second best.
Frames from the movie
This is a Blood Drive Premium item distributed at the Comic Book Extravaganza in New York City in 1997. It was part of a package of exclusive premiums made available to blood donors only. This particular item features three frames of Vampirella on her home planet of Drakulon with an elder!
Authorised by Harris Publishing, who attended each event, each sealed piece of film is 100% original and was sent directly from the movie’s director specifically for the event. Each encasement bears a gold foil seal, so this is not just a piece of film cut from a reel.
These were never sold to the public, and there are less than 75 Blood Drive Movie Film Premiums in existence. Which means that if you owned all 75 sets of frames and spliced them all together you would end up with about four seconds of the film.
I am guessing that these frames are not from the original Master tape; more likely scraps of film taken from the cutting room floor!
The animated series
It never happened; but now and again a cel from the test run crops up. It's uncommon for for a painted cel to have been commissioned just to show what an animated version would look like to a potential buyer but it is less rare that "limited edition" cels are created especially for the collector's market.
Whether the cels that come up on eBay are genuine Warren items or more recent creations are hard to tell.
Tommy Stanziola states on Facebook
There was a small set of Animation cels created, but no pilot was ever filmed. Besides that, Jim Warren stated the cels were stolen from his office, many years ago. I would imagine the deal was axed mainly because TV, at the time, was a bit "Wertham-ish"... remember how The Three Stooges classic shorts were butchered for TV for too much violence. I can only imagine, what "Concerned Parents" would have thought about the near nudity of Vampi's costume.
The 1976 script
This comes up on eBay now and again, the "original" film script for the aborted Hammer Horror Vampirella film.
Both Carolyn Munro and Barbara Leigh were in the running for the title role, though Barbara was the final choice. Peter Cushing was also short listed to play Pendragon.
I don't have a copy (yet), but by all accounts the film was rather tame by today's standards. If anyone wants to give a more detailed review of the script please contact me.
2001 Model Search Special
The Quick Time Movie features the top models auditioning for the job of Official Vampirella Model (won by Maria Di Angelis). Good music, flashy special effects and a bunch of women in various stages of undress twirling about. I'm sure you get the flavour of this CD.
Harris created the movie on an Apple Mac, and when they published it someone forgot to make it cross-platform, so dealers with PCs couldn't read the CD! This was great for me as my local comic shop was going to bin it and gave it to me as a freebie as they know I have a Mac.
This comes up on eBay very rarely and is still Apple only so for the sake of posterity I have included it below.