Rollin's blend of eroticism and horror hasn't aged too well. A tale of shipwreck, pirates, rape, superstition and the devil has a 'devil-may-care' attitude in story telling that often meanders when it should be frightening or titillating. An interesting watch but not one that bears repeating.
What I like about Jean´s works is that he really is a poet. B movies, tits, fantasy, subconscious feelings, fantastic atmosphere, always. Thoughtful dialogues. I love his films because you're really absorbed into them from the first frame to the last, everyhing works. It´s always exotic, different. Certainly an auteur.
Some of it hasn't aged very well and those sex scenes really do go on interminably but it's still quite an enjoyable head trip. I haven't quite decided if Rollin really had something on his mind about the way men use and abuse women (the Christ imagery at the end suggests so), or if this is largely nonsensical, but it's a mostly engaging movie. Not much more you can ask from this kind of film.
Weird, perverse, atmospheric and odd. Must be Jean Rollin. I love Joelle Coeur for her over-the-top performance, and undeniable sex appeal. Performances by the rest of the cast are uneven, but I also did like the madame of the brothel, actress Louise Dhour. This is the bizarre type of 70s erotic horror film that just won't ever happen again, so give it a try if you have an interest in the genre. Others beware.
Giving this 4 stars compared to others of the genre. If you are looking for "Art" or "Porn", you will be disappointed. This film is from that golden age of cinema when the 2 merged. Call it "Arthouse Porn" or "70's Grindhouse", whatever. It reminds me of when I was a teenager and saw all kinds of weird nudie films on 42nd St. And the scenes shot at abandoned, overgrown ruins of Villers Abbey in Belgium are great :-!
Beautiful women running around nude - sounds promising but really a pathetic movie. Acting largely amateurish, nonsensical story captures none of tension or character of ship-wreckers. As a horror movie it is a joke. Not one scene has an iota of surprise, structure, or fear. Not even enough to be so bad as to be entertaining. Plusses - mad acting of the female pirate; good job by inn-keeper; beautiful sets.
When a band of "wreckers" lure a ship to its doom on a rocky coast, twin female victims who were raped and murdered return from the grave with the help of the devil to take their revenge. One of Jean Rollin's more unnerving works, THE DEMONIACS is marred at times by the typical gratuitous sexuality imposed on him by producers, but it's also one of his most unusual and eerie achievements.