Two young women in circus costumes are on the run from a mysterious handsome stranger. Eluding their pursuer, they stumble upon an old dungeon inhabited by “the last of the vampires”, where a bizarre cult awaits.
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Super silly with beautiful surrealism embedded in it. There's certain shots in this flick that have the poetic resonance of Malick. I couldn't help but enjoy myself. I just wished it had the same emotional core of The Living Dead Girl.
The phrase "dream-like" is oft overused when discussing films these days, to say the least, but it's most appropriate for this surreal and lovely film. There were countless movies made in the 70's featuring pretty young girls wandering the countryside, becoming vampires or being stalked by them...but I dare say "Requiem For a Vampire" is one of the best!
Rollin's blend of eroticism, vampirism and soft core pornography is well on display in this early feature. Two young girls eluding the law stumble across a vampire's torture chamber and their only saving grace from being added to the stable of beauties is their virginity. Dialogue is very sparse but Rollin is always more about atmosphere then plotting.
My fourth Rollin I've seen so far, this was originally titled CAGED VIRGINS when released in the U.S. back then. Like his other films I've previously watched (except ZOMBIE LAKE), the themes it dealt with and how it had little dialogue feels like a quiet work but it has style yet enjoyable and how the film opened before going to see the vampires seemed odd, too, but this was Rollin after all.
Perhaps the most overtly pornographic of Jean Rollin's erotic vampire films, this nearly wordless tale of two schoolgirls (dressed as clowns, no less) who run away from school and stumble upon the torture dungeon of the last vampire, was Rollin's favorite of all his films. Often silly, often beautifully surreal, this early Rollin enigma is one wild ride.
what is up with all the low ratings? I genuinely enjoyed this Rollin film, for a male director making a movie in the early 1970s he does a great job of portraying intimate relationships between women. of course the splashes of bdsm are unneeded but at least it's filmed prettily. the infamous whipping scene was very emotional for me and did a perfect job of portraying internal + external conflict
Vampire themed soft porn with some BDSM additions. Nothing much more than that.
Almost insufferable, specially for the acting, I'm surprised I could watch the whole thing.
Sometimes I did appreciate the soundtrack - nothing exceptional and many times not sitting well with the scenes, but fairly enjoyable.
The locations are nice, as well. A few good shots, but so few that they almost go unnoticed.