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Les raisins de la mort
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Release Date:
5 July 1978 (France) See more »
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When the wine flows, the terror begins ...
Plot:
A young woman discovers that the pesticide being sprayed on vineyards is turning people into killer zombies. | Add synopsis »
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Ranks close to the top of the zombie heap- A true underground classic......... See more (27 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)
Marie-Georges Pascal ... Élisabeth (as Marie George Pascal)
Félix Marten ... Paul (as Felix Marten)
Serge Marquand ... Lucien
Mirella Rancelot ... Lucie
Patrice Valota
Patricia Cartier ... Antoinette
Michel Herval ... Michel
Paul Bisciglia ... Lucas

Brigitte Lahaie ... La grande femme blonde (as Brigitte Lahaye)
Olivier Rollin
François Pascal
Evelyne Thomas ... Brigitte
Jean-Pierre Bouyxou
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Guillaume Le Vacher ... Young living dead (uncredited)
Raphaël Marongiu ... Dead man in the press (uncredited)
Jean Rollin ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Jean Rollin 
 
Writing credits
Jean-Pierre Bouyxou (story) &
Jean Rollin (story)

Jean Rollin (screenplay) &
Christian Meunier (screenplay)

Produced by
Claude Guedj .... producer
Christian Ruh .... executive producer
Jean-Marie Ghanassia .... associate producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Philippe Sissman 
 
Cinematography by
Claude Bécognée (director of photography) (as Claude Becognée)
 
Film Editing by
Dominique Saint-Cyr  (as Dominique Saintcyr)
Christian Stoianovich 
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jean-Pierre Bouyxou .... first assistant director
Christian Meunier .... second assistant director
 
Sound Department
Henri Humbert .... sound effects
Claude Panier .... sound mixer
 
Special Effects by
Yannick Josse .... special effects
Raphaël Marongiu .... special effects (as Raphael Marongiu)
Alfredo Tiberi .... special effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Charles Jobert .... assistant camera
Etienne Jourdan .... electrician
 
Editorial Department
Noël Guillot .... assistant editor (as Henri-Noel Guillot)
 
Other crew
Lionel Bernier .... production department
Olivier Rollin .... production assistant
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Les raisins de la mort" - France (original title)
"The Raisins of Death" - International (English title)
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Germany:85 min | USA:90 min (uncut version)
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The filming locations had extremely cold temperatures and often the makeup effects would start to freeze on the actors, making it difficult for them appear realistic on camera.See more »
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Crew or equipment visible: During the long zoom in the scene where Élisabeth meets the blind girl at the deserted valley, a man can be seen walking in the distance.See more »
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4 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Ranks close to the top of the zombie heap- A true underground classic........., 28 July 2005
Author: davendes from Glens Falls, NY

It takes a very certain type of horror fan to appreciate 99% of Jean Rollins' work, and for better or worse, I'm not one of them. However, most rules have an exception and "Grapes" is an excellent example of such.

Rather than following his usual blueprint of dreamy atmosphere, barely existent plots, sleepwalker-like acting and an abundance of useless lesbian activity, Rollin goes directly for the throat this trip. The plot is straight forward, the acting excellent, and action starts quickly and only lets up in time for a downbeat conclusion. The wine-induced "zombies" are quite effective with nasty oozing sores and an unrelenting nature for the worst cases, and a quirky onset of mania for those in the less severe stages. The one thing Rollin does (thankfully) carry over is his eye for polarity; the french landscape is beautiful but filled with impending, hazy dread. And- No worthless sex scenes!

This wonderful film is a true odd-ball in Rollin's canon. It's easily his most accessible and gory film to date. If you're looking for an entry point to his films, this really isn't a place to start since it's SO different from the rest. But- If you've seen the man's other work and didn't care for it, give this one a chance. I think you will be very pleasantly surprised.

(Note- Synapse's DVD release is nothing short of stunning. The print is flaw-free and bursting with sharpness and color. This may very well be the best transfer of any obscure '70's film I've viewed yet. And I've seen a lot of 'em!)

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