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The Grapes of Death (1978)

Cast: Marie-Georges Pascal, Marie-Georges Pascal, Serge Marquand, more...
Director: Jean Rollin, Jean Rollin
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Synapse Video
Genre: Foreign, Horror, France, Zombies, Africa
Running Time: 90 min.
Languages: French
Subtitles: English
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This gory zombie film was directed by cult filmmaker Jean Rollin. The plot concerns a dangerous pesticide which is applied to grapes in a wine-producing region, turning the inhabitants into insane zombie killers. There is plentiful nudity and violence for the exploitation crowd, as well as crucifixion and a topless woman being impaled with a pitchfork by her own father. Horror fans will note the numerous similarities to Jorge Grau's hit Breakfast at Manchester Morgue, while mainstream viewers...well, they probably won't be watching in the first place. ~ Robert Firsching, All Movie Guide

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C'est la Vie! by JKaminskiJr June 17, 2004 - 2:17 PM PDT
3 out of 4 members found this review helpful
Do you like atmospheric horror flicks blending elements of "Breakfast at Manchester Morgue" and George Romero's "The Crazies"? How about crucifixions, violent decapitations, oozing, pus-filled sores, severed heads being carried about, a demented farmer plunging a pitchfork into the exposed chest of his adult daughter, and to top it off, a show-stopping full-frontal nude scene by gorgeous French ex-porn star Brigitte Lahaie? If so, WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR??

Enjoyable Shlock by Tpfau714 December 12, 2003 - 1:20 PM PST
2 out of 3 members found this review helpful
This Jean Rollin movie stars Marie-Georges Pascal as the herione unwittingly tossed into a world of raving psychopaths. Her seemingly mundane trip into the outskirts of the Frech countryside quickly turns into a horrific nightmare. Jean Rollin succeeds in giving us the creeps with his effective imagery and style. You'll quickly note that many of the special effects are a little amaturish...but fun. It's as if the special effects were done by someone with a high credit limit at a halloween shop. More gooey than gory. It appears that the many scenes are all shot around the same old hillside village, thus adding to low budget look-and-feel of the movie. Fill with lots of kills, an interesting premise, and a quick moving story, The Grapes of Death makes for a good viewing. As a side note, the movie features Brigitte Lahaie (European porn actress) in one of the juicier moments.

Eerie and often beautiful by saveyourservant August 26, 2003 - 12:37 AM PDT
6 out of 7 members found this review helpful
Rollin's take on the zombie genre is as individualistic as his vampires. Amazing landscapes and a beautiful electronic soundtrack overall make up for the often less than convincing special effects. This is the only Rollin film that I own and it is a good starting place for traditional horror viewers interested in his bizarre catalog. Don't judge his work based on the wretched Zombie Lake.

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