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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)
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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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Christina von Blanc ...
Christina Benton (as Cristine von Blanc)
Britt Nichols ...
Carmencé (as Britt Nickols)
Rosa Palomar ...
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Anne Libert ...
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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  »

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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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Footage shot many years later for Zombie Lake (1981) was spliced into this film for subsequent releases. 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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Make sure you see the original uncut version!
13 January 2002 | by (Perth, Australia) – See all my reviews

Many of the comments here are written about the hacked up version of 'A Virgin Among The Living Dead' so ignore them. This is actually a very watchable movie, not the best Jess Franco I have seen, but still above average. More an erotic fantasy than a horror movie per se, it will appeal to fans of 60s/70s Euroschlock like 'Nude For Satan' and Franco's classic 'Vampyros Lesbos'.

The stunningly beautiful Christina von Blanc plays the lovely innocent Christina Benson, who is summoned from boarding school in England to the reading of her father's will in a spooky castle. She never really knew her father, or had previously met her bizarre relatives who live in the castle, which according to the locals is deserted. It doesn't take much to work out her family's "secret", the title tells all. Christina however, is a bit slow to catch on. She spends most of her time wandering around in a daze, often naked (great news for us viewers!), and increasingly unable to tell dream from reality.

There's not much action in this movie, and very little horror, but it has an almost Argento-like nightmarish feel to it, and like most of Franco's output, is very stylish despite the obviously low budget. The sight of the gorgeous Ms. Blanc is more than enough for me to recommend this movie. One look at her and any failings 'A Virgin Among The Living Dead' has will quickly be forgotten! An enjoyable fun movie.


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