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The Rape of the Vampire (1968)
"Le viol du vampire" (original title)

 -  Horror  -  27 May 1968 (France)
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After a psychoanalyst unsuccessfully tries to convince four sisters that they are not 200 year old vampires, the Queen of the Vampires promulgates the cause of the Undead.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Solange Pradel ...
Brigitte
Bernard Letrou ...
Thomas
Ariane Sapriel
Eric Yan
Jacqueline Sieger ...
Queen of the Vampires
Catherine Deville
Ursule Pauly
Nicole Romain
Marquis Polho
Don Burhans
Philippe Druillet
Jean Aron
Mei Chen
Edith Ponceau-Lardie
Jean-Denis Bonan
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This low budget first film from director Jean Rollin is in reality two very loosely-connected, surreally erotic shorts about vampirism. In the first, three Parisians including a psychoanalyst try to convince four neurotic sisters living in a decaying country chateau that their belief that they are 200 year old vampires is false. The alluring young women are influenced and controlled by a enigmatic disembodied voice which turns out to be the an aging, aristocratic lord of the manor, whose motives are unclear but clearly perverse. Local rustics unite to hunt down and kill the sanguine siblings. In the second, the Queen of the Vampires and her acolytes arrive on the scene, resurrect the dead, and promulgate the cause of the Undead while a medical researcher works to find an antidote to vampirism. Written by Gabe Taverney (duke1029@aol.com)

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This film consists of two parts. The first (coherent) part is the original short film made by Jean Rollin. The second (incoherent) part of the film was later added by Rollin to expand the film so it could be released to theatres as a feature. That is why most of the characters who were killed in the first part are suddenly brought back to life for the second part. See more »

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Queen of the Vampires: And if you are lying, be afraid. Be afraid!
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Referenced in The Night of the Hunted (1980) See more »

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Visually beautiful for all its incoherence.
2 July 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Review based on the 90-minutes long version, le viol du vampire.

My initial thought, in the first few seconds of this, is that it looks more like a zombie movie, with people stumbling and fumbling about in a wooded swamp area, instead of a vampire movie.

It became obvious to me early, that this was not going to work as a cohesive whole, but a collection of images: some of them, incredibly beautiful and mezmerising; others, just baffling. Even the baffling images piqued my interest and held my attention.

Example: four chicks in white robes, carrying flaming torches during broad daylight is the next sight, and eventual implications that they are vampires. Later, two of the girls in white robes dueling with épées late at night, while fire burns brightly behind them is another incredible bit of black-and-white imagery. The fire is blown out to the point where it almost looks like black-and-white infrared images.

A favourite, particularly striking, scene occurs approximately 11.30 minutes in, with white-robed brunette carrying a candelabra, walking barefoot upstairs to the rooftop, now shown in high contrast black-and-white. A stunningly beautiful hallucination of an image.

Film seems to be merely an excuse to showcase bizarre visuals, wipes and camera angels, and is all the more better for it. Forget about the plot (if there ever was one) this movie is about visuals. I love this movie for its haunting imagery: the old scarecrow and crosses placed around the Château to keep these alleged vampires inside. The château itself is sprawling and immense; some of it is bathed in sunlight, while other parts of it are in dark shadows, from massive overgrowth.

I cannot decide about its music score, however, which is overpowering, but at the same time, serves to make the film more surreal.


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