I have internally debated whether to look at this as a ‘Vamp or Not?’ on and off through the years, indeed I have vacillated with regards the answer also.
Whilst this Frank Powell directed 1915 film popularised the term vamp to mean a femme fatale and, indeed, leading actress Theda Bara is classed as cinema’s first vamp*, it is not normally classed as a vampire film. To explore the question, I believe we must look back before we look at the film itself. (*As an aside Musidora, who played the femme fatale Irma Vep in the serial Les Vampires later in 1915 is often classed as the first vamp of European cinema.)
|Philip Burne-Jones' the Vampire|
|destroying the roses|
|The vampire and her victim|
|Edward José as John Schuyler|
|the previous victim|
|in his cups|
|a brazen kiss|
|the most of him died|
|Theda Bara is the vampire|
The film is available black and white and tinted on YouTube, with and without sound, and is also available at The Archive. The imdb page is here.