Weaving a pseudozombie story with a psychodrama about a series of murders, this surreal shocker — a departure from Euro-horror director Jean Rollin’s familiar vampire films — follows a mass of people suffering from insanity and collective amnesia. As blank-eyed inmates wander the halls and empty rooms of the skyscraper asylum known as “Black Tower,” Rollin takes time out for gratuitous sex and buckets of blood.
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