French director Jean Rollin’s erotic and surreal vampire yarn stars Olivier Martin as Pierre Radamante, a wealthy hedonist who learns that his scientist father, Georges (Maurice Lemaître), is carrying out experiments to unlock the secret of immortality. And that’s not all: It seems that Georges is in league with a ritualistic society involving vampires and evil alien mutants! Caroline Cartier and Catherine Castel also star.
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
Bizarre mix of horror, science fiction, and erotica about a company who is holding a young vampire woman captive in order to do strange medical experiments on her to discover the secret of immortality. Director Jean Rollin didn't have much to work with, small budgets and amateur actors, but he had interesting ideas and poetic style coursing through his work.