[UPÍR Z FERATU]
FERAT VAMPIRE is a satire on consumerism, a potent piece of anti-automobile propaganda and perhaps the purest horror exercise that Juraj Herz produced. Marek (Jiří Menzel, the director of Oscar® winner CLOSELY WATCHED TRAINS) is upset to lose his ambulance driver, Mima (Dagmar Veškrnová), to a job working as a rally driver for foreign car manufacturer Ferat, and even more upset when he hears whispers that Ferat cars use human blood for their fuel. Assaulted by censors, the film still boasts a blood-bathed dream sequence, a disturbing industrial soundtrack and a piquant performance by Zdenka Procházková as Madame Ferat, a kind of Countess Elizabeth Báthory-as-industrialist. (Note courtesy of Metrograph/Nick Pinkerton.) DIR/SCR Juraj Herz; SCR Jan Fleischer, from the story "Upír po dvaceti letech" by Josef Nesvadba. Czechoslovakia, 1982, color, 93 min. In Czech with English subtitles. NOT RATED
AFI Member passes accepted.