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Blood and Roses (1960)
"Et mourir de plaisir" (original title)

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Young Carmilla is jealous of her friend's engagement, and her obsession leads her to the tomb of a female vampire. The vampire possesses her and leads her to kill and terrorise the ... See full summary »

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Leopoldo De Karnstein
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Carmilla (as Annette Vadim)
Alberto Bonucci ...
Carlo Ruggieri
René-Jean Chauffard ...
Dr. Verari (as R.J. Chauffard)
Gabriella Farinon ...
Lisa (as Gaby Farinon)
Serge Marquand ...
Giuseppe
Edith Peters ...
The Cook (as Edith Arlene Peters Catalano)
Nathalie Lafaurie ...
Marie (as Nathalie LaFaurie)
Carmilla Stroyberg ...
Martha (as Camilla Stroyberg)
Marc Allégret ...
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Young Carmilla is jealous of her friend's engagement, and her obsession leads her to the tomb of a female vampire. The vampire possesses her and leads her to kill and terrorise the inhabitants of the estate. But is it all in her mind, or is she really under the control of an ancient vampire ancestor? Written by Alexander Lum <aj_lum@postoffice.utas.edu.au>

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As an experiment, it's cool but doesn't really work as a movie
22 November 2007 | by (the rock) – See all my reviews

BLOOD AND ROSES, or ET MOURIR DE PLAISIR (to die of pleasure), is a spotty Eurocult horror film directed by Roger Vadim that works better as an experimental film than an actual movie that's supposed to entertain. I enjoyed watching this movie for the amazing atmosphere, some of the great visuals and the truly beautiful score. It's truly unique in this case. I also enjoyed the narration, which from what I've heard is not included in the original French version. Personally, I cannot imagine this film without narration. There would be extremely long moments with nothing going on.

But BLOOD AND ROSES falls flat when it plays like a movie, with characters too sketchy for anyone to care about or moments which now look positively dated, like the drive through the country with the two men and the two little girls. That scene stands out for all the wrong reasons. Or the discussion in the kitchen, with the maid and all. Those moments are dated and clash with the modern, almost ahead of its times dream or horror sequences. On one hand, BLOOD AND ROSES feels hopelessly outdated and yet on the other hand it feels very contemporary, with the dream sequence being the highlight. I can't imagine what people thought of this scene when they saw it back in 1960.

If you watch BLOOD AND ROSES for the Goth moments and the music, you won't be disappointed but if you expect some sort of Hammer style horror film, with lotsa action, this film won't be your cup of tea.

I give it 7 stars for the atmosphere and music.


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