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||IMDB Rating: 5.7/10 from N/A votes
||Release: 27 May 1968 /
||Director: Jean Rollin,
||Synopsis: After a psychoanalyst unsuccessfully tries to convince four sisters that they are not 200 year old vampires, the Queen of the Vampires promulgates the cause of the Undead.
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I must begin this review by being honest. This film baffled me.
Completely. I didn't understand it. At all. So why the devil am I
this, you may ask? To urge you to see it. Rollin does for horror films
what Suzuki Seijun does for the gangster film, or Leone for the Western -
blows it to pieces to create something otherworldly and new. Although not
nearly as well - from what I can make out, Rollin's sensiblity is facile,
reactionary, inane and exploitative. But he does have an eye. And what
I think the film's 'failure' to lucidly communicate is actually the point.
I mean, under all the visual verbiage, there is a plot of sorts. Not that
even got this part right. There's this gorgeous French chateau. There
sisters, maybe two, maybe four, who are being controlled by this
voice, who turns out to be an crusty old landowner with a foreign accent.
They are being told they are vampires, and one of them keeps remembering
time she was raped by villagers. We are shown images of this event,
although neither their temporal status nor reliability is
Three young, modern, attractive Parisian types arrive for no stated reason
at the chateau, spouting psychobabble, convinced that the girls are
delusional and mad, needing help. It turns out that the landowner is not
charge at all, but a lesbian vampire queen add her predictably nubile
cohorts, and madness ensues as the forces of science and the modern do
battle with the undead. The film may be a satire on de Gaullism,
conservatism, radicalism, or feminism; or maybe it's just the visual
ramblings of a very talented Poe-obsessed teenager. Who
The whole thing is addled, pretentious nonsense. Fragments of this plot
lost in a mass of possibly meaningless symbolism (although I actually know
someone who can make everything in TWIN PEAKS: FIRE WALK WITH ME fit
coherently, so I'll suspend judgement). But we must remember that horror
films traditionally involve a force of meaning eventually triumphing and
explaining the forces of evil who would destroy meaning. After PSYCHO,
validity of this was called into question, and the horrors of films like
REPULSION and NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD became terrifying precisely because
it was not possible to explain them away.
This is presumably Rollin's intention, to destroy the arrogant assumptions
of all systems of meaning. The inevitable result of this is chaos, but
a chaos gorgeous to behold. Rollin has the cherishable flaw of wanting to
stick his camera in the most awkward places just to astound us. And he
- there are images here no mainstream director would dare
The mixture of Gothic, Gallic atmosphere, and a sublime clarity of imagery
is stunning. The climactic shoot out also shows how French gangster
with their concentration on the disintegration of the individual, unlike
their US counterparts, have their roots in horror, the mighty FANTOMAS.
Rollin divides his two part melodrama in the middle of the action. The
whole film has the feel of a project taken away from its wayward director,
and re-edited by blind minions. It is a silly, delirious, wonderful
a true 'melodrame' as the subtitle suggests, showing us in a hideous
the repetitious cycle of living death we are caught in our everyday lives.
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