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A Virgin Among the Living Dead (1973)

La nuit des étoiles filantes (original title)
Not Rated | | Horror | 26 October 1978 (Italy)
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:

(as Jess Franco), (French dialogue)
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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 ...
Howard Vernon ...
Uncle Howard
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Basilio (as Jesus Manera)
Paul Muller ...
Ernesto Pablo Reiner, Christina's father
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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>

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Release Date:

26 October 1978 (Italy)  »

Also Known As:

Zombie 4: A Virgin Among the Living Dead  »

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Runtime:

(DVD) | (director's cut)

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Color:

(Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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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

Uncle Howard: That's Carmencé.
Christina Benton: Who's she?
Uncle Howard: I told you, she's Carmencé.
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Connections

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Time to put you straight on a few things...
14 June 2000 | by (Amsterdam, Netherlands) – See all my reviews

It's a shame that most people here seem to have seen a cut version of this film, because the actual original is absolutely beautiful, and belies the criticism that Franco was a complete hack. It is a perfect example of what can be achieved in the horror genre with an almost zero budget in what was probably the director's busiest period. However most people seem to have seen the US release print, which also circulated on video in the UK in the 80's under the title of `The Invisible Dead'. This film was marketed as being a successor to Fulci's `Zombi', and basically was padded out with scenes from Jean Rollin's `Lake of Zombies' (shot almost 10 years after Franco's original film) and had all nudity removed.

There is another version which circulated with hardcore black mass footage featuring Franco regular Alice Arno and a host of stunt doubles for Vernon, Nichols and von Blanc.

The only video release of the original film at present is on Redemption, featuring a couple of nude mass scenes, some lesbian vampire sucking, a bizarre scene where Christina knocks over a giant phallus and an effectively hypnotic score from Bruno Nicolai. The UK version is missing the rather graphic rape scene present in the Benelux versions.

Christina von Blanc never unfortunately appeared in any other Franco films – in fact only appeared in a couple of others including the giallo `L'Etrusco uccide ancora'. The delightful pairing of Britt Nichols and Anne Libert occurs again in his bizarre `Erotic Rites of Frankenstein' and `Les Demons', amongst other films of the period. If you are interested in Franco, this is one of his best of the period, very atmospheric and deserves to be seen in its original version.


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