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Requiem for a Vampire (1971)

Cast: Mireille D'Argent, Louise Dhour, Olivier François, more...
Director: Jean Rollin, Jean Rollin
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Redemption
Genre: Horror, Vampires, Erotica
Running Time: 88 min.
Languages: English, French
Subtitles: English
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This fourth feature from cult horror director Jean Rollin begins with two girls dressed as clowns making a mad getaway from a reform school. The girls end up in the clutches of "The Last Vampire," a somewhat pathetic creature seeking to reproduce his race. Marie-Pierre Castel and Mireille d'Argent are the damsels in distress. Tthis film is probably the closest Rollin came to straight horror. ~ Robert Firsching, All Movie Guide

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One of Rollin's masterpieces. by AMacEwen5 October 30, 2012 - 5:49 PM PDT
0 out of 1 members found this review helpful
The great Jean Rollin directed some of the most inimitable and memorable vampire and erotic horror films the cinema has ever given us. His films are surreal gems for people with special tastes: by turns romantic and vicious, poetic and visceral. What I find most amusing about this website's customers is the delicious irony in the fact that one would think its users have that aforementioned special taste, given its city of origin. On the contrary, they are about as bourgeois as one could possibly imagine. Bottom line: if you like vampire films but think the ilk of True Blood is garbage, rent this film. Then rent Shiver of the Vampires and Fascination. P.S. Only the most imaginatively bankrupt viewers would want the spell ruined by being told why the girls are on the run.

what the? by MDeMars December 7, 2005 - 9:48 PM PST
2 out of 4 members found this review helpful
What are the girls running from? Why are they running? Why are they dressed like clowns? Why are people shooting at the clowns? Why do they feel the need to light their companion's body on fire after he is shot? Why doesn't anyone speak for the first half of the film? What the hell were they thinking when they made this film?

Requiem for the director by CZumwalt April 16, 2004 - 9:58 AM PDT
1 out of 3 members found this review helpful
An excruciating exercise in...well exercise. In most films it can be assumed that when a character ascends a staircase or enters a room or walks across a field, they will complete their short journey. Jean Rollin feels he must film the entire sequence for us. Perhaps one or two of these shots is welcome, if nothing else than to showcase the miniskirts adorned by the two young virgin-heroines. I'm sure Rollin had a point, but it breaks the threshold of monotony. I did enjoy the beautiful French landscape scenes and gothic cemetery sets. I even favored the campy Dracula-esque costume save maybe the vampire's obtrusive overbites. Even for a low budget, pre-prosthetic, custom molded fang era movie, these incisors were incredulous. If you've ever taken soda straws and attached them to your teeth playing walrus or vamp at Burger King, then you've done a better job. The only saving grace to this suck-u-bus of a film is the savage orgiastic dungeon scene where vampiresses and wild mortal men alike, have their way with chained virgins. There are a few more love scenes and blatant nudity, but even as one of the precious young French girl gives away her virginity, Rollin focuses the camera on her face for an eternity. Okay only 5 minutes, but 5 whole minutes on just her face?

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The Eyeball Aesthetic
Inspired by the recent collection of Stephen Thrower's Eyeball magazine, here's a list of movies that are mentioned directly or are further examples of the art/horror hybrid celebrated by this terrific and now defunct publication.
Lesbian Vampires
Not all lesbian vampire stories are trash. Some of these are, but at least they're fun trash. Others are actually good. I could insert several comments about why lesbian vampires are so common in (more modern?) fiction, but the reasons are too varied.

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