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A Virgin Among the Living Dead (1973)

Cast: Howard Vernon, Howard Vernon, Paul Muller, more...
Director: Jesus Franco, Jesus Franco
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Kino on Video
Genre: Foreign, Horror, Spain, Zombies, Ghosts, Italian Horror
Running Time: 79 min.
Languages: English, French
Subtitles: English
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Synopsis
Pretty Christina (Christina von Blanc) encounters ghostly apparitions when she travels to a mansion in Honduras for the reading of her father's will. Thinking that she is going mad, Christina investigates further and discovers some horrible family secrets which could consume her. This witty erotic horror effort from cult director Jesus Franco is a perfect example of the re-editing and butchering of European films, which became common practice in the 1970s. At least 10 different versions exist, some with completely different plots than others. A 1974 re-release contained softcore sexual inserts featuring Marie-France Broquet, Waldemar Wohlfaart, and other performers not present in the original version. In the 1980s, French director Jean Rollin was hired by the Eurocine studio (by far the most common offender in the area of "cut-and-paste filmmaking") to shoot additional scenes. Rollin's footage consists of approximately 15 minutes of gory, uninspired zombie attacks, meant to capitalize on a then-popular subgenre initiated by Lucio Fulci's Zombi 2. Yet another version contained scenes from a Rollin-directed vampire film and was advertised with a picture of Vincent Price, who does not appear in any known version of this film. Further complicating matters is the fact that most of these alternate versions exist in varying lengths, reducing a rather interesting film to an incomprehensible mess. Britt Nichols, Paul Muller, Howard Vernon, and Anne Libert co-star, and Franco appears in a cameo role excised from some prints. ~ Robert Firsching, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

What a missleading cover by JWallis July 20, 2004 - 1:52 PM PDT
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7 out of 7 members found this review helpful
The French love naked people, and if Jess Franco is anything, he's French. His movies, at least the ones that I have seen, attempt to explore very sexual themes using horror concepts, sometimes with success and sometimes without. So the virgin part makes some sense, but hen I say that this is a misleading cover, it's because this is not a "Walking Dead" film. The first time I watched it, I couldn't figure out how they could have come to that conclusion other than they heard the title and tried to exploit a genre. It wasn't until I watched the special deleted scenes that I discovered what was going on. Apparently there is a long (and rather unimpressive) sequence where the main character is chased by some animated corpses that might just be really dirty bums. This entire sequence is cut out and so what is left is a sort of drama where a girl is forced to cope with her father's death while dealing with her eccentric relatives. It would make much more sense to put it in the vampire or ghost genre than to call it a zombie film. It is a symbolic and not so subtle depiction of a girl taking over her father's estate and power in a male dominated society and the consequences of it. While it does have merit, it is lacking in some areas. The pacing is slow and plodding, and the character development which should be the highlight of the movie falls flat. If you are interested in French horror, have some patience, and don't mind lots and lots of naked women (most of them being fairly attractive which is a plus) then you might enjoy this movie. However if you are looking for a movie about walking dead and lots of action, you might want to pass this one up.




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