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Lèvres de sang
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Lips of Blood -- In the most personal of Jean Rollin's moody, erotic horror films, a man tries to solve the riddle of a vague childhood memory, which leads him in pursuit of a beautiful vampire, and the revelation of a horrible family curse.

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18 May 1975 (France) See more »
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Frederick sees a photograph of a ruined seaside castle, which triggers a strange childhood memory. He then goes on a strange quest, aided by four female vampires, to find the castle and the beautiful woman who lives there. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Daydreams on the Assembly Line
 (From MUBI. 2 December 2013, 8:57 AM, PST)

Daily Briefing. Rollin, Hardy, Landis, Dante
 (From MUBI. 30 January 2012, 3:18 AM, PST)

Jean Rollin on Blu-ray: Lips Of Blood Review
 (From Twitch. 22 January 2012, 6:25 PM, PST)

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Not a masterpiece but far more compelling than many Euro horror films of the period See more (28 total) »

Cast

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Jean-Loup Philippe ... Frédéric
Annie Belle ... Jennifer (as Annie Briand)
Natalie Perrey ... La mère de Frédéric
Martine Grimaud
Catherine Castel ... Jumelle vampire
Marie-Pierre Castel ... Jumelle vampire
Hélène Maguin
Anita Berglund
Claudine Beccarie ... Claudine
Béatrice Harnois
Sylvia Bourdon
Mireille Dargent
Paul Bisciglia ... Le psychiatre
Willy Braque ... Le tueur
Julien Etchevery
Serge Rollin ... Frédéric enfant
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jean Rollin ... Le gardien du cimetière (uncredited)

Directed by
Jean Rollin 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Jean-Loup Philippe 
Jean Rollin 

Produced by
Jean-Marie Ghanassia .... co-producer (as Jean-Marc Ghanassia)
Lionel Wallmann .... producer
 
Original Music by
Didier William Lepauw 
 
Cinematography by
Jean-François Robin 
 
Film Editing by
Olivier Grégoire 
 
Production Design by
Alain Pitrel 
 
Makeup Department
Eric Pierre .... makeup artist
 
Sound Department
Gérard Tilly .... sound
 
Other crew
Philippe Caza .... poster designer
 

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Also Known As:
"Lèvres de sang" - France (original title)
"Suck Me, Vampire" - USA (X-rated version)
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USA:88 min | France:71 min (X rated version)
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Jean Rollin based the main male character Frederic on himself.See more »
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6 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Not a masterpiece but far more compelling than many Euro horror films of the period, 8 August 2007
Author: TheMarquisDeSuave from Worcester, MA

Jean Rollin is often thought of as a second-rate Jess Franco, but to be honest I can't really see as many similarities between the two's work judging from this film. Sure, there's a lot of naked female vampires running around (which as we all know Franco was also a fan of showing), but thats about it. Rollin, while a serviceable enough director himself, lacks Franco's flamboyant visual flair, nor does he seem to be emulating it. And even though I enjoy Franco's output more, I'll readily admit that Rollin is a much better storyteller. As much as I love both "Vampyros Lesbos" and "Venus In Furs", linear and coherent narratives they're not. "Lips of Blood" tells a reasonably engrossing story.

The story of this film is both a plus and a detraction somewhat. You really get intrigued by the sense of surreal mystery that the protagonist goes through. I also found the film to move at a much quicker pace than many others did. Still, the film presents us with a protagonist thats not remotely interesting and some supporting characters that become annoying quick (particularly the mother). It doesn't make the film any less interesting, but it prevents it from being as strong as it could've been.

The direction by Rollin is quite accomplished. He certainly manages to create a dreamlike atmosphere that makes even the real life settings such as Paris seem oddly alien and otherworldly. There's some rather pretentious moments that fumble, but overall this film evokes an unique atmosphere. The film is never tense or really creepy, but that didn't really matter to me because it looked so beautiful at times. The ending for the film was an absolutely perfect and ambiguous (not to mention completely unpredicted) way to finish it. "Lips of Blood" isn't perfect, but is unique enough and much stronger than most European horror films of the period. (7/10)

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