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June 1977 (USA) See more »
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A gang of pirates rape the two sole survivors of a ship wreck. The violated girls are rescued by the strange inhabitants of a supposedly haunted island, where they are granted supernatural powers to strike revenge against the pirates. | Add synopsis »
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Cast

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Joëlle Coeur ... Tina
John Rico ... Captain
Willy Braque ... Bosco
Paul Bisciglia ... Paul
Lieva Lone ... Demoniac #1
Patricia Hermenier ... Demoniac #2
Louise Dhour ... Louise
Ben Zimet ... Exorcist
Mireille Dargent ... Clown
Miletic Zivomir ... Devil
Isabelle Copejans ... Barmaid
Yves Collignon ... Barmaid's lover
Véronique Fanis ... Girl in tavern
Monica Swinn ... Girl in tavern (as Monika)
Jacqueline Priest ... Girl in tavern
Anna Watican ... Girl in tavern (as Anne Watticant)
Jean-Pierre Bouyxou ... Sailor in tavern
Raphaël Marongiu ... Sailor with the Dracula pupett (as Raphael G. Marongiu)
Sylvio Dieu ... Sailor
Gilbert Schnarrbach ... Sailor in tavern
Yann ... Sailor
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jio Berk ... Sailor in the tavern
Burr Jerger ... Satanist Priest on the Beach (uncredited)
Jean-Jacques Renon ... Travestite (uncredited)

Directed by
Jean Rollin 
 
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Jean Rollin 

Produced by
Pierre Quérut .... producer
Lionel Wallmann .... producer
 
Original Music by
Pierre Raph 
 
Cinematography by
Jean-Jacques Renon 
 
Film Editing by
Michel Patient 
 
Art Direction by
Jio Berk 
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Miletic Zivomir .... assistant director
 
Other crew
Jean-Pierre Bouyxou .... press agent
 

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Also Known As:
"Les démoniaques" - France (original title)
"Curse of the Living Dead" - International (English title)
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USA:95 min (DVD)
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Color (Eastmancolor)
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1.66 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
UK:18 (cut) | USA:R

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2 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
The Demoniacs, 15 October 2011
Author: Michael_Elliott from Louisville, KY

Demoniacs, The (1974)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

Four crooks (three men, one woman) work as "wreckers" as they lure ships to the shore only to make them crash on the rocks so that they can loot them. The latest ship had two beautiful women (Lieva Lone, Patricia Hermenier) wash up on shore so they're raped and eventually killed. The two women then sell their souls to the devil so that they can come back and kill those responsible for their fate. This French-made horror tale isn't the best that director Jean Rollin has to offer but there are enough interesting moments to make it worth viewing to fans of his. Those unfamiliar with the director will probably want to start elsewhere because while this has some good stuff in it, at the same time you can't help but be disappointed that it's not better. The biggest problem with the film is that the 95-minute running time seems a lot longer and there are way too many scenes where nothing happens except people just walking around doing nothing. There's no point of them walking around as it adds nothing to the story so it would have been best had the director just edited these out. I'm not sure if he was under pressure to release a film at a certain length but his slow style certainly doesn't help here. Another problem with the film is that it never really seems to know what it wants to be. Is it a ghost story? Is it more concerned about the sex and nudity? When the Devil does show up and make his deal nothing really plays out as you'd expect. There's even a bizarre clown thrown in for some reason. Perhaps Rollin just thought clowns were scary? The best thing going in the film are some of the performances by the beautiful ladies. I thought both Lone and Hermenier were very good playing the roles of the dead girls. The film certainly doesn't ask too much out of them except, for a time, to be scared and at other times being "death" like and they do this just fine. The real scene-stealer is Joelle Coeur as the beautiful but deadly female wrecker. She's certainly very fun in the role and her beautiful body really doesn't hurt either. Fans of Jess Franco will want to be on the lookout for Monica Swinn but I was unable to spot her. Being a Rollin film one can expect all sorts of nudity and we also get some mild gore but nothing strong enough to keep horror fans interested. The low-budget seems a lot smaller than most of Rollin's work and one can't help but wish a little more was done with the story.

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