Not sure what Rollin intended with the film, but it felt like an allegory for (my) youth (lessons learned; identities shaped over long, weird nights...). I appreciated it along those lines, maybe for personal reasons. Objectively, it wasn't that great.
An atmosphere of dread is well realized in this effective 70's French chiller. A couple, after making love in a tomb, are locked into a provincial French cemetery and can't find their way out as if its become some arcane maze. With a feel of eroticism and suspense one's interest is maintained despite the lack of resolution and its leisurely pace.
Very atypical Rollin, with no blood or vampires, little unambiguously supernatural business, and relatively fleeting nudity (the beach is there, though). What it does have is his trademark oneiric vibe, which renders an hour of two wooden actors wandering through a cemetery hypnotic rather than incredibly tedious.
If it ain't your thing, it ain't your thing but to me, the movie is one of the best Eurohorror flicks I've ever seen! This is a perfect case where a skilled filmmaker restraints his style to focus on the depths of his fetishes while creating a masterful grasp of tone! The imagery and atmosphere is what will satisfy you. If you want narrative satisfaction, look elsewhere! Beautiful.
An erotic, gothic horror film. If it wasn't for some occasional over-acting and some bad pacing, it could be argued that it is a unique mini-masterpiece. A strange and fascinating blend of Herzog's Nosferatu and Antonioni's Red Desert.
Jean Rollin finally dispensed with the nonsensical plots and studio imposed eroticism to create this haunting, lyrical tale of a couple who venture into a cemetery for a romantic tryst and become hopelessly lost. Unable to find their way out, they slowly slip into paranoia and madness. Remarkably crafted, THE IRON ROSE represents the pinnacle of Rollin's poetic brand of surreal horror.
The concept had potential, but the execution is relentlessly dull and boorishly pretentious. Seemingly endless long takes of two annoying characters spouting inane philosophy - even a few arresting images weren't enough to make it anything but a chore to sit through. This is the first film I've seen from the acclaimed Jean Rollin, and I have to say I was far from impressed.
One of the best (but most fascinating) '70s Euro-Horror films I've seen by Rollin, also his rarest. Its storyline along with its cinematography and music makes the film very atmospheric the first time you watch it & each viewing (after the first time) moves the audience deeper with its storyline while it touches your soul and brings you inside it.