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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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One of Jean Rollin's Best! 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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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 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 »
Goofs:
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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Featured in Secret Cinema (2007)See more »

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15 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
One of Jean Rollin's Best!, 29 January 2002
Author: Craig Blamer (blamer@prodigy.net) from Chico, CA

This neglected cult classic is finally available for the first time in the States, on DVD with a gorgeous looking (and sounding) transfer by Synapse Films. It looks great - probably better than it did in the theatres. Not exactly a zombie flick, but that is the closest genre you could categorize it. It follows the trials of Elizabeth, a young woman traveling by rail across the French countryside, en route to meet with her fiancé, who runs a winery. Before she reaches her destination however, she encounters a homicidal man who has just murdered her traveling companion, and whose face disintegrates before her horrified eyes as he chases her off the train. Lost in the rural expanse, the woman encounters various peasants who seem to have become trapped between life and death, driven mad by the pain of decaying alive, and more than eager to throttle her and visit various abuses upon her body (implied by the fact that any uninfected individual she comes across in her adventure inevitably takes the proverbial bullet for her - by pitchfork, hatchet, or whatever lethal tool the living `dead' have at hand at the moment). Finally, it is revealed that her fiancé has been pumping out wine tainted by pesticides, which has been consumed en masse earlier at a festival by the unfortunate villagers (talk about becoming dead drunk.). This is easily one of Rollin's most accessible films, but may not be to the tastes of anyone weaned on Empty-Vee styled horror flicks. But for the discriminating palate, this is definitely recommended -- leisurely paced, atmospheric, and with liberal dollops of gore and mayhem to boot, this is late 70's horror at its best.

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