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A Virgin Among the Living Dead (1973)
"La nuit des étoiles filantes" (original title)

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A girl arrives from London to visit her estranged relatives in a remote castle for the reading of her father's will. After a while she discovers that they are all in fact dead and her ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview:
Christina von Blanc ...
Christina Benton (as Cristine von Blanc)
Britt Nichols ...
Carmencé (as Britt Nickols)
Rosa Palomar ...
Aunt Abigail
Anne Libert ...
The Queen of the Night
Howard Vernon ...
Uncle Howard
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Basilio (as Jesus Manera)
Paul Muller ...
Ernesto Pablo Reiner, Christina's father
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A girl arrives from London to visit her estranged relatives in a remote castle for the reading of her father's will. After a while she discovers that they are all in fact dead and her decision to live with them turns into a nightmare. Unable to leave she's drawn into a macabre underworld through visions of nude satanic rituals and her own impending sacrifice. Written by <arviga@online.no>

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Release Date:

26 October 1978 (Italy)  »

Also Known As:

Zombie 4: A Virgin Among the Living Dead  »

Box Office

Gross:

ESP 7,494,043 (Spain)
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(DVD) | (director's cut)

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(Eastmancolor)

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1.66 : 1
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Listed among "The worst Movies of all Times" by Giesen/Hahn (Giesen, Rolf / Hahn, Ronald M.; Die schlechtesten Filme aller Zeiten ; BVA, Berlin, 2002) See more »

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Just past the nine-minute mark, when Christina stands next to the guy playing piano, she casts a shadow on the right side of his face, which appears and disappears in each shot. See more »

Quotes

Blind Girl: What did you do that for? Poor soul! You shattered the big ebony phallus! Poor soul! Misery is now your lot!
Christina Benton: Misery? I'll be miserable?
Blind Girl: Poor soul! Beyond words! You must get away from here. You'll fry in your own hell, believe me. Ask me no questions, just get away from here.
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Dream-like and stylish erotic horror, one of Franco's best
29 May 2013 | by (Edinburgh, Scotland, UK) – See all my reviews

A Virgin Among the Living Dead was directed by the mega prolific Jess Franco at a period when he was delivering his most consistently interesting work. It's definitely one of his better films. It's another low budget sexploitation flick that was obviously cheaply made but there is no denying that this was one of the movies where Franco took a bit more care. The result is an effectively dream-like and quite stylish erotic horror.

The story revolves around a girl who travels to a remote mansion for the reading of the will of her recently deceased father. While there she encounters her very strange relatives and pretty soon a series of bizarre events start to occur, including strange supernatural happenings.

This is one of the movies that really shows that Franco definitely had something interesting to offer. His filmography was wildly erratic and uneven, which is really to be expected for a director responsible for two hundred films. However, on occasion his left-field, slightly surrealistic style produced movies that were amongst the best in the erotic genre. There is definitely an interesting ambiance to this one. The selection of weird characters and the strange events experienced by the heroine are all successfully dream-like. There is a fair bit of striking imagery such as the seated man who is pulled slowly backwards into a black void, a strange night-time walk through the woods, a vampiric lesbian coupling and the occult ceremony near the end. The latter is scored by cool music by Bruno Nicolai whose soundtrack is very good throughout the film and helps sustain the mood. Franco regular Howard Vernon plays a lecherous uncle but best of all is Christina von Blanc in the title role. She was very beautiful and this is one of her rare appearances.


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