An oddity this film, feels like it was made in the 1870's and not the
1970's and a really strange viewing experience. Suitable though, as
the story of
the film probably takes place in the 19th century.... or the 18th ....
or the 20th. Well, in a timeless Balkan rural village anyway.
Made for Jugoslavian television in 1973 and only shown twice, in 1973
and once in the 1980's (says Internet info) and never released on DVD
Blu-ray before, until now. The film is based on a novel and on ancient
Balkan folklore about the vampire-werewolf creature The Vulkodlak
supposedly the first Serbian horror movie. Is it good then ? Maybe not,
the film is grainy and .... eeh, strange for being a "vampire"
what the film has to it is an intense rural atmosphere, a beautiful
vampiress and an inspired ending. A fairy tale from the Serbian countryside
Mirjana Nikolic as Radojka and Petar Bozovic as
In the village of Zaroshje the villagers have a problem,
their millars are killed off by a vampire and who will then grind their
Who's stupid enough to be the new millar when 4 millars have been killed
in a year? The answer to that is young Strahinja, who wants to marry
the beautiful daughter of Zivan, blonde sheperdess Radojka. Zivan is
a rich farmer (well, he's the only one in the poor village who owns
anyway, and he won't give his daughter away to some slacker without
a job, so the new millar Strahinja becomes.
The Vampire Werewolf
The villagers blames the killings on the mythical Sava
Savanovic, a vampire who ravaged the area some century ago and they
search for his
grave to dig him up and stick a pole through his heart. But the vampire
killer is someone else which can be seen in the pic above.
The film is very grainy at the beginning but luckily
gets better after a while and you ask yourself if it has been restored
It's a primitive horror and it feels a bit clunky, but Leptirica for
sure has a rural fairytale feeling to it and the unusual depiction of
werewolf creature at the end was surreal, and the make-up of the pole
wound in the belly looked great too.
The Blu-ray disc is presented in a 4:3 fullscreen 1.33:1
ratio and in the extras has a widescreen version also. The audio is
english subtitles DTS-HD MA 1.0 mono. Extras: a widescreen version,
an audio commentary in german without english subtitles by a Lars
Dreyer-Winkelmann, a trailer and a bilder galerie. 65 minutes and region
The DVD version plays for 63 minutes, region 2, and has a DD 1.0 mono
audio with english subtitles