Rape of the Vampire
Directed by Jean Rollin
French horror icon Jean Rollin made his debut with this surreal vampire flick, featuring two very different stories about female bloodsuckers. In the first tale, vampire women imprisoned on an estate are convinced they’re dangerous, until a group of visitors inform them that they aren’t actually undead. The film’s second tale follows a beautiful vampire queen working to build up an army of evil enchantresses. A huge hit at the box office upon its release in 1968, Rollin’s erotic fright flick offered French audiences their first real taste of homegrown horreur.
French horror icon Jean Rollin made his debut with this surreal vampire flick.
Cast: Solange Pradel, Bernard Letrou, Ariane Sapriel
I do not yet have the necessary understanding of what Jean Rollin is trying to achieve. This film reminds me of a Monty Python skit about art films, and provoked laughter several times. I liked the soft-sculpture creation that was brought in for the vampiric wedding ceremony, but I probably don't appreciate it in the intended way. I regard this as somewhat less stupid than "The Demoniacs"...but it was also less entertaining. I have failed you, Jean Rollin!
one of my favorites
Some striking imagery and provocative themes that must have resonated with youth in the turbulent late sixties in France. That being said, it's weighed down by its leaden pace and narrative parts that never seemed to quite fit together. It either needed a more coherent story, or should have been about 60 minutes long. Not all of Rollin's movies are this slow, even the longer ones.
it felt more low budget and sloppy then it probably needed to . the first portion had its merits to be sure, but the 2nd was much less appealing and more devoid of those little gems the first part had.
This was made the same year as Night of the Living Dead and Rosemary's Baby.... I have fond memories watching those movies well into my 20's . Now in my 40's , I have watched my first Jean Rollin flick. I have not felt dread or even felt aroused watching this garbage. I have laughed out loud, cringed, and told to myself "What the Flip is going on" all through the hour and 39 minutes that I wasted. But I'm glad I watched it all... Georges Méliès would've probably felt the same way. It's not really two movies, it's the same story picking up in the second part, that was odd. Well, not just that, but you have to see this to get how I feel right now. Pay close attention to how Frenchmen hold a gun... Hilarious! In Trolls 2 the director spoke Italian and no English, that's why it's so bad. Here, Jean Rollin has no excuse.... This is not representative of French cinéma. Les 400 coups came out 10 years earlier.... Anyway, watch it if you have an hour and some minutes to spare. Anyone can tell me which Jean Rollin film I should watch next?