09 20 Oct '24
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Harry Kümel

Daughters of Darkness

Edition 2021
87' - 1971 - Horror - Dialogue: German, Dutch, French, English
Director: Harry Kümel Composer: François de Roubaix With: Delphine Seyrig, John Karlen, Danielle Ouimet

Erotic cult classic set to exclusive live soundtrack.

The Antwerp band Condor Gruppe already has a number of top records under their belt. Their last release, 'Interplanetary Travels', was likewise a hit. “Haunting and cinematic, this instrumental work is a cut above the rest", noted online magazine daMusic. New work is set for release in early 2022 – something to look forward to. In the meantime, for VIDEODROOM, the band will focus on François de Roubaix's majestic work for the film 'Daughters of Darkness'.

Daughters of Darkness' is a surreal, erotic vampire film from 1971, made by the Belgian cult director Harry Kümel. Rather than giving away the plot, we’ll just leave you with a few key words: 'horror', 'blood' and 'sadomasochism'. Our very own ‘Queen of Seaside Resorts’, Ostend, has a major role in the movie. Reviewer and author Geoffrey O'Brien about the film: “If Fassbinder had made a vampire movie it might have looked something like this."

The soundtrack to this film is by François de Roubaix, a self-taught musician and jazz enthusiast. He composed almost a hundred soundtracks, mostly for French films. In 1976 he won a César for best soundtrack with his work on 'Le Vieux Fusil’ – awarded posthumously as de Roubaix had passed away just the year before.

De Roubaix has always been a great source of inspiration for Condor Gruppe. So they are only too happy to sink their teeth into his dark, hypnotic score. Unique, exclusive show!

"Updating the old chestnut about the butch countess who remains forever young by drinking and bathing in the blood of maidens, Daughters of Darkness is so intentionally perverse that it often slips into impure camp, but Kümel and Seyrig hold interest by piling twists on every convention of the vampire genre." - Variety

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Harry Kümel


François de Roubaix


Delphine Seyrig, John Karlen, Danielle Ouimet


Harry Kümel, Pierre Drouot

Director of Photography

Eduard van der Enden


Denis Bonan August Verschueren


Paul Collet, Henry Lange

More information


German, Dutch, French, English

Countries of production

Canada, Belgium, United States of America, France, West Germany




Harry Kümel
Le gant (short, 1953), Een moederhart (short, 1954), Het meisje met de zwavelstokjes (short, 1956), Perette et le pot au lait (short 1958), Perpetuum mobile (short, 1958), Het gevecht aan de Chinese muur (short, 1958), Sintesis (short, 1959), Pandora (short, 1960), Aether (short 1960), Tous les parfums de l'Arabie (short, 1961), Uit glas en staal (short, 1962), Thamar en Amnon (1962), Hendrik Conscience (1963), Erasmus (1963), Waterloo (short 1965), De grafbewaker (short 1965), Claudia Cardinale (short, 1965), Monsieur Hawarden (1968), Lievevrouwbedstro (TV Movie, 1969), Josef von Sternberg, een retrospektieve (TV Movie, 1969), Censuur in België (TV Movie), Daughters of Darkness (1971), Avondspelen (TV Movie, 1971), The Legend of Doom House (1971), Repelsteeltje (1973), The Arrival of Joachim Stiller (1976), Paradise Lost (1978), Draadvariaties (1980), The Secrets of Love (1986), Een Dag in Vlaanderen (1986), Softly from Paris (TV Series), Elie Vere (1991), Europe - 99euro-films 2 (segment: Story of a Metamophosis, 2003)

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