A young couple out for a walk decide to take a stroll through a large cemetery. As darkness begins to fall they realize they can’t find their way out, and soon their fears begin to overtake them. —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
I can tell that those more well-versed in Rollin's catalog find "The Iron Rose" to be one of his best efforts. I only have one other movie in his oeuvre to compare it to - the dreamy, masterful "Requiem For a Vampire" - and I found this came up woefully short. "Iron Rose" feels like a case of a filmmaker saddled with a minimal budget but a great location: Rollin shoots the hell out of his cemetery setting and it looks great from any angle, bathed in moonlight and fog. But the film's basic premise - a couple becomes lost in a graveyard and can't find their way out - is literally all there is to the movie. This is a film in search of a story or any means of conflict. Instead we get two (overly) energetic actors scrambling between sepulchers and headstones for 80 minutes.
If it ain't your thing, it ain't your thing but to me, the movie is one of the best Eurohorror flicks I've ever seen! This is a perfect case where a skilled filmmaker restraints his style to focus on the depths of his fetishes while creating a masterful grasp of tone! The imagery and atmosphere is what will satisfy you. If you want narrative satisfaction, look elsewhere! Beautiful.
Honestly 2 me,aside from the hauntingly beautiful opening credit sequence,and the equally Hauntingly beautiful Female lead(Cot damn!).....and 4 a vary brief scene a vary creepy looking clown taking flowers 2 the cemetery,aside from that I believe fellow Mubian Christopher SmIth summed it up pretty accurately 4 me on the wall posts here.