MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 1,053 this week

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

4.5
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 4.5/10 from 1,365 users  
Reviews: 49 user | 59 critic

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 »

Directors:

(as Jess Franco) , , 1 more credit »

Writers:

, (French dialogue)
0Check in
0Share...

Editors' Spotlight

IMDb: What to Watch - Guardians of the Galaxy

In the latest episode of IMDb: What to Watch, Keith Simanton talks with director James Gunn and actors Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana and Vin Diesel about their movie Guardians of the Galaxy.


User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 20 titles
created 27 Sep 2011
 
a list of 702 titles
created 03 May 2012
 
a list of 151 titles
created 27 May 2012
 
a list of 35 titles
created 23 Feb 2013
 
a list of 25 titles
created 10 months ago
 

Related Items


Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: A Virgin Among the Living Dead (1973)

A Virgin Among the Living Dead (1973) on IMDb 4.5/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of A Virgin Among the Living Dead.
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

Dr. Frankenstein and his assistant Morpho are killed just as they bring their creation to life. The monster is taken by Cagliostro and he now controls the monster and plans to have it mate and create the perfect master race.

Director: Jesús Franco
Stars: Alberto Dalbés, Dennis Price, Howard Vernon
Action | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  
Director: Jesús Franco
Stars: Martine Fléty, Sarah Strasberg, Dagmar Bürger
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

A lawyer finds out that a young couple convicted of murder was in fact framed for the crime and goes to the prison with the hope of freeing them and learns the events that happened to the two from a fellow prisoner who helped them escape.

Director: Jesús Franco
Stars: Andrés Resino, Geneviève Robert, Dennis Price
Action | Adventure | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  
Director: Jesús Franco
Stars: Ajita Wilson, Andrea Guzon, Ursula Buchfellner
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A young doctor kills himself after a medical committee terminates his research into human embryos, considering it too inhumane. His wife then seeks revenge on those who drove her husband to... See full summary »

Director: Jesús Franco
Stars: Soledad Miranda, Fred Williams, Paul Muller
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

A vampire lures beautiful young women to his castle in Europe.

Director: Jean Rollin
Stars: Marie-Pierre Castel, Mireille Dargent, Philippe Gasté
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.9/10 X  

Dracula kills another innocent victim and Dr. Seward decides it's time to wipe him off the face of the earth. Armed with a hammer and a wooden stake, he arrives at Castle Dracula and duly ... See full summary »

Director: Jesús Franco
Stars: Dennis Price, Howard Vernon, Paca Gabaldón
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

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.

Director: Jean Rollin
Stars: Solange Pradel, Bernard Letrou, Ariane Sapriel
Crime | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

Horror mystery about the residents of a Louisiana castle who are being murdered by a masked killer. When the family arrives for the reading of Marion's will, his wife is strapped to the ... See full summary »

Director: Jesús Franco
Stars: Alberto Dalbés, Evelyne Scott, William Berger
Action | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.6/10 X  

Adventure, crime and mystery combine with comic book dialogue and some sadistic sex for good measure. Playfully perverse, pistol-packing fun with Yoko and the alluring Francoise Blanchard.

Director: Jean Rollin
Stars: Yoko, Françoise Blanchard, Jean-Claude Benhamou
Zombie Lake (1981)
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 2.9/10 X  

In a small village, somewhere in France, German soldiers, killed and thrown into the lake by the Resistance during WW II, come back.

Director: Jean Rollin
Stars: Howard Vernon, Pierre-Marie Escourrou, Anouchka
Action | Adventure | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.2/10 X  

A group of adventurers head to a primitive tribe in Africa to find a treasure of diamonds and a beautiful white girl who was lost years ago and was made the tribe's goddess.

Directors: Jesús Franco, Olivier Mathot
Stars: Katja Bienert, Antonio Mayans, Aline Mess
Edit

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
...
Basilio (as Jesus Manera)
Paul Muller ...
Ernesto Pablo Reiner, Christina's father
Edit

Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

will | nightmare | castle | remote | bats | See more »

Genres:

Horror

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Language:

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)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

(DVD) | (director's cut)

Sound Mix:

Color:

(Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Footage shot many years later for Zombie Lake (1981) was spliced into this film for subsequent releases. See more »

Goofs

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.
See more »

Connections

Referenced in Brunnen (2005) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
Ever get the feeling this wasn't intended for the sober?
26 January 2009 | by (Tallahassee, Florida) – See all my reviews

I'm not implying that watching this drunk would be a great idea, I meant it in a "Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas" kind of way, if that makes no sense. nevermind. Back to the subject. We already have Night of the Living Dead, Erotic Nights of the Living Dead, we even got a Hell of the Living Dead, so why the hell not A Virgin Among the Living Dead? They could probably use one. Although, that's not the original title, and has absolutely nothing to do with what goes on, I'm not entirely sure what to think of this one, yet, that's probably why I dig it so much. What almost seems more like some kind of shroom-dream... make that shroom-nightmare, A Virgin Among the Living Dead is director, Jess Franco's exploration into the grey area between life and death, or at least that's what they say. As of this moment, all traditional B-horror rules have now been thrown out the window.

We begin with a young woman, Christina, traveling to an out of the way, castle, in Spain. There, stay the relatives of her estranged father, who has recently committed suicide, soon, there will be a reading of the will. Once Christina arrives in town, she's looked at like shes crazy after asking for directions, she's told no one lives there. The next day, with the guidance of a mute, Christina arrives at Monserat, to find that all her relatives are somewhere between eccentric, and insane. Monserat is filled with some kind of evil/confusion/ insanity, it's just very incoherent. Although her peculiar relatives seem kind of harmless, Christina suspects that something is a little off, when her step-mother warns her to leave, seconds before her death, not to mention bizarre occurrences such as, waking up one morning to find a big, black dildo on the floor, and a blind girl sitting in the corner, walking in on blood sucking sessions, finding dead bats on her bed, just, confusion, after confusion. and not even being allowed to have friends over, also seems a bit suspicious. Besides all the random confusion, it really seems like death is hovering over everything. With this film coming off as a dream, and being about death, then, isn't this just one big nightmare? Possibly, but I think it's deeper than that.

It is said that Jess Franco made this film as a way to cope with the death of Soledad Miranda, hence, the emphasis on death. For a horror film to come off as a genuine nightmare will always be a job well done, regardless of the intended message. Whatever message Franco intended, was intended for Franco, we're just lucky that he shared it with us, because witnessing such surreal magnificence really is a rare experience. The vibe of this film is simply indescribable. For more dream on film, check out Messiah of Evil, and Death Bed, although, You really won't find anything quite like this one anywhere, not even from Franco. Above all else, A Virgin Among The Living Dead is bold, independent film-making in its purest form. 9/10


11 of 13 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
true art rust-7
UK DVD TerryNutkins666
which version is the best to get suspiria56
Christina von Blanc is.... chaoslex
Quick Synopsis broadfoot
Discuss A Virgin Among the Living Dead (1973) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?