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This erotic vampire film features a young man on a strange quest after recognizing a castle on a poster. He seems to remember the castle from his childhood and eventually finds it with the aid of a strange woman dressed in white. It turns out that his family has been keeping the secret of vampirism from him. Written by
I read somewhere that director Jean Rollin was especially proud of this movie because it actually has a plot (kind of). Unfortunately, when it comes to Rollin, a plot is more of a liability than an asset--logical plots and the infamous French Eurohorror director just aren't a great combo. It starts out well--a man who works for an ad agency has a recurring dream where he meets a strange woman in a crumbling castle by the sea. At an expo he sees a picture of the castle from his dreams. He finds the female photographer and, although she's reluctant at first, he convinces her (by having sex with her, of course) to tell him where the mysterious castle is. The subsequent murder of the photographer doesn't deter him from going there where he meets the strange woman and the plot begins to unravel (in more ways than one).
Without giving it away, the pay-off to this mystery is unbelievably stupid and even requires the protagonist's mother to show up at one point and deliver a long, awkward exposition. Moreover, the more or less linear plot doesn't work too well with Rollin's decidedly non-linear visual style. At one point, for instance, the main character is fleeing half a dozen naked female vampires in the seaside castle and then in the very next scene he's fending off a mugger on the Paris subway. I'm no geographer but I'm pretty sure Paris is a couple hours from the coast and that the Paris subway doesn't run that far. This scene would be no problem in the typical non-sensical Rollin's film, but in a movie that is otherwise trying to be logical it's a little jarring. The movie also lacks a lot of Rollin's interesting trademark visuals (i.e. vampires emerging from grandfather clocks, virgins in miniskirts lying face down on coffins). The one exception is at the end where a brother and sister vampire crawl naked at sunrise into a coffin which is slowly swept out to sea (I understand this is one of the most famous images in Rollin's whole oeuvre). But there are not nearly enough visuals like this to maintain your interest, and the "plot" here, unfortunately, is a poor substitute.
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