This erotic vampire film features a young man on a strange quest after recognizing a castle on a poster. He seems to remember the castle from his childhood and eventually finds it with the aid of a strange woman dressed in white. It turns out that his family has been keeping the secret of vampirism from him. –IMDb
Ever since his feature debut with the controversial Rape of the Vampire (1967), French horror auteur Jean Rollin has gained a loyal cult following for his stylishly gothic exercises in erotic horror.
Born into an artistically inclined family on November 3, 1938, in Neuilly-sur-Siene, France, Rollin’s father was an actor and theater director, inspiring both Rollin and his brother to pursue careers in show business. Editing recruitment films during World War II provided Rollin with an entry into film, with the future director finding subsequent work in an animation studio before stepping behind the camera. A scant few years after working as an assistant director in the early ‘60s, Rollin made his feature directorial debut with Rape of the Vampire. Greeted with outrage and violent protest upon release, the film nevertheless established Rollin’s continuing themes of eroticism and vampiric fetish while at the same time finding his visual style developing an atmosphere of otherworldly… read more
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Featuring neither the bizarre plots of his earliest films of the poetic lyricism of THE IRON ROSE, LIPS OF BLOOD exists somewhere in between as a strangely compelling exploration of childhood memory, as a man's repressed memories lead him to discover dark family secrets and a hidden vampire girl he has loved since he was a child. Packs a surprising emotional punch, more so than its predecessors.
Just because the sleeper must awaken doesn’t mean the dreaming stops.