Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Requiem for a Vampire|
Actors: Marie-Pierre Castel, Mireille Dargent, Philippe Gaste, Dominique, Louise Dhour
Director: Jean Rollin
Genres: Indie & Art House, Horror
Two beautiful runaways seek refuge in a castle. When night falls, they become prey to a sadistic vampire named "The Last Vampire" who, as luck would have it, intends to use them to produce progeny who will continue his blo... more »
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The aardvark says yes
Jeffrey HIggins | Bloomington, IL USA | 10/14/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"this is, in my mind, the greatest of all of rollin's films i've ever seen; and that includes 'living dead girl' 'fascination' 'shiver of the vampires' and this one. there are more beautiful and poetic images in this one rollin film than in any other, save perhaps 'la vampire nue', which i have yet to see. the clowns are exquisite, and the dream perpetual. the first 20 (mostly silent) minutes shiver by like a ghostly dream, encapsulating all that stands. the remainder of the film takes the dream and stretches it, turning itself to rubber, elongating and perpetuating the surrealistic structure it inhabits. anyone with a taste for european low-budget beauty should apply, anyone with a taste for rollin should jump the door."
Gorgeous sensual visions
I. French | austin, tx United States | 04/29/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This fantastic film allows us to see the vivid fabled visions that must fill Jean Rollins' mind. The flighty narrative is liberated from sequential logic, but is positively elevated in the process. The story comes off like a flickering memory. A haunting attraction pulls us in for a rare glimpse into a dream we can't pull away from for fear of forgetting upon awakening. The characters are beautiful and frail creatures. Possessed with a determination to uphold their forbidden and blithe lust they use childlike luck to guide their journey. An unbelievably beautiful film."
Not what you might expect.
Jeffrey HIggins | 02/04/2002
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Ever since I saw a copy of David Piries "vampire filmcult" in a public library, back in the 70ies, I wanted to see this movie. The book then contained a lot of impressive pictures of stunning beauty and erotic violence. Finally Salvation shipped me the DVD, and I could finally see my second Rollin movie - after I'd seen Grapes of Death in a movie theatre back in the 80ies. So I set down, pressed play and watched two beauties (though strange beauties)lost somewhere in Europe who stumble upon the last vampire and his red-haired desciples. So what to expect? Rollin is no Franco, so anyone reading about torture scenes should proceed with caution here: Rollin cannot decide whether he wants to recreate the silent beauty of Dryers "Vampyr" or create an exploitation movie. So you'll sit for the first 35 minutes whatching the girls walking through fields, woods, graveyards and nothing - absolutely nothing - happens. The way it is filmed though creates a dreamlike atmosphere that can drag you - if you like this kind of movies (like Eraserhead) - into this surreal world. Then they meet the red haired witches in a (not really impressive) castle - a little bit of violence and nudity - and then again they run through the woods for 20 minutes (this movie is 70 minutes long !!!). The vampire himself is not very impressive and some "effects" are truly laughable, detracting from the sense of wonder the movie had tried to create. Then, the S/M scenes: They are not what you'd expect, not like the Franco-stuff you might have seen. It's more like recreating the paintings of Bosch, and so there is little to no action in these scenes, it's more like looking at photographs. And they are very short, and in-between. So don't expect half an hour of relentless torture.You can see the lack of money everywhere in this movie and I think the endless woods-walkings have to do more with them being cheaply to film than with any artistic imagry. But they work and that's ok.Technically, you can't expect more from a 70ies low-budget (nearly amateur level) flick. Salvation/Redemption did a great job there. Although I miss the director's commentary, the private behind-the-scenes stills are funny. All in all the movie is short and the extras do little to enhance the value. Salvation should take a look at the DVDs from Something Weird to see how it's done."
Paris and Nicole with unshaven armpits meet Vampires.
Mark James Drummond | 09/07/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This can best be described as what happens when a horny French teenager gets his hands on a movie camera after reading too many issues of "Vampirella". If you're looking for an artistic masterpiece or eye-popping horror, forget it. If you want an unintentionally silly, cheesy,sleazy(a bat in the shrubbery!) 1970's film, it is perfect. Director Jean Rollin tries to get arty in places, but the occasionally choppy editing and forcedness of the shots deflate every attempt. Questions abound: If the two female leads were cutting some school party in their clown costumes, why carry guns(much less shoot at their pursuer and torch their dead driver)? Why does every man have Gerard Depardieu's nose? How was Rollin prescient enough to cast that blonde chick who somehow looks hotter today than she did back then? Anyway, this film is perfectly enjoyable on its own terms, and worth owning due to some shots that no Hollywood film could get away with today."