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Les raisins de la mort
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Jean-Pierre Bouyxou (story)
Jean Rollin (screenplay)
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Release Date:
5 July 1978 (France) See more »
When the wine flows, the terror begins ...
A young woman discovers that the pesticide being sprayed on vineyards is turning people into killer zombies. | Add synopsis »
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  (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
Michel Herval ... Le fiancé d'Elisabeth

Brigitte Lahaie ... La grande femme blonde (as Brigitte Lahaye)
Paul Bisciglia ... Lucas
Olivier Rollin
François Pascal
Evelyne Thomas ... La fille qui se fait tuer dans le train
Jean-Pierre Bouyxou
Jean Rollin
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Guillaume Le Vacher ... Young living dead (uncredited)
Raphaël Marongiu ... Dead man in the press (uncredited)
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Directed by
Jean Rollin 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Jean-Pierre Bouyxou  story
Christian Meunier  screenplay
Jean Rollin  screenplay
Jean Rollin  story

Produced by
Jean-Marie Ghanassia .... associate producer (as Jean-Marc Ghanassia)
Claude Guedj .... producer
Christian Ruh .... executive producer
Original Music by
Philippe Sissman 
Cinematography by
Claude Bécognée 
Film Editing by
Dominique Saint-Cyr 
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
Alfredo Tiberi .... special effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Charles Jobert .... assistant camera
Etienne Jourdan .... electrician
Editorial Department
Noël Guillot .... assistant editor
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)
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
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The film was originally envisioned as a disaster-themed film, but as the production developed, director Jean Rollin saw the potential for it to be a horror film instead.See more »
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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9 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Surprisingly good French zombie flick!, 31 March 2006
Author: The_Void from Beverley Hills, England

French director Jean Rollin is best known for his messy erotic vampire films, but Zombie Lake aside; he's actually a lot better at zombie films. Along with The Living Dead Girl, The Grapes of Death represents one of the few successes for the cult director. This zombie film stands out for its morbid and surreal atmosphere, and for the fact that, as zombie films go, this one is quite original. The title doesn't suggest a good film, but it refers to the movie's main plot point; namely, the fact that it's the French tradition of distilling wine that is to blame for the zombie outbreak. It's points like this that make the film profoundly French and despite the fact that France doesn't seem like the ideal country for a zombie outbreak; the plot and location blend together rather nicely. Naturally, the main character is female; and we follow her as she makes her way to her home town of Roubles; a wine producing estate. The journey turns awry when a man infected with the zombie virus boards the train, and our heroine finds her travel companion dead...and that's just the start of it!

The plot takes the familiar Night of the Living Dead style idea of the living trying to stay clear of the dead, but Rollin makes the film his own with a fine variety of weird and wonderful characters, and it usually turns out that these are more dangerous than the zombie hoards. The rural setting provides a nice base for a zombie movie, as it's quite different from the usual urban setting, and this also blends well with Rollin's morbid atmosphere. The film is also very surreal, and the director continually gives the viewer the impression that there's something nasty lurking just around the corner. Many of Rollin's films feel cheap and nasty, but this one doesn't; the cinematography is beautiful, and the acting isn't too bad either; both of which give the film a higher quality feel than the plot, by rights, should have. The only time there's a lapse in quality is the awful commentary on French politics towards the end…but it's not enough to spoil it entirely. The film is quite erotic, and even though it's quite different to his usual stuff; you can still tell that it's Rollin in the director's chair. The ending is really good, and comes as quite a surprise; and I've got to say that I loved the final message; I agree, beer is superior to wine. Recommended!

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