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.
As the 6th and last Jean Rollin of the marathon, Requiem For A Vampire might be its worst, but that's only because the directors' normally great track record as the king of such softcore, creatures of the night films are great. His flourishes and unique eye of sensual and morbid explorations are, should I say, cool? This film falls short more than most for its meandering that it's hard to avoid.
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.
It's interesting how much the sexual politics in this sort of movie differ from those in American horror movies from the same time. The story is, of course, a pretext for Rollin to get as much sex and nudity on camera as he can but he keeps it interesting here by basically turning this movie into a silent movie. A z-grade nudie silent movie, but let's not think too hard about this. It's fun in parts, dull in others.
With all the high talk about surrealism and what not, I thought this might be a decent film. Granted, it has some striking imagery in parts, but it just never seemed to be that interesting, and, in the end. it just sort of fades into a predictable and unfulfilling close.
Clown shooting gun car chase along a French countryside/ film of 2 cirque du soleil rejects on a wanderlust wearing daisy duke panties/it's early 1970s French cinema. Queue Flaming Lips 3rd lions roar and your on a acid trip of Oz induced rabbit hole morbid fantasia. Yes there's a vampire cave w/lots of reckless sexuality. Make sure wife and kids are off trick or treating when watching. Buy the ticket enjoy the ride.
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.