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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 »
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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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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1.85 : 1 See more »
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Director cameo: [Jean Rollin] Cemetery caretaker killed by the female vampires.See more »
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A Rollin film with a plot (unfortunately), 14 March 2005
Author: lazarillo from Denver, Colorado and Santiago, Chile

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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