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Fascination -- The masterpiece of renowned French filmmaker Jean Rollin, FASCINATION follows a swaggering thief who hides out in a lavish chateau, holding the occupants at gunpoint. When night falls, he discovers that these two maids are in fact the gatekeepers to a ring of bloodthirsty women.


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This erotic horror film, set in 1905, tells the story of a thief who seeks refuge in a castle owned by two women... See more » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Franca Maï ... Elisabeth (as Franka Mai)

Brigitte Lahaie ... Eva
Jean-Marie Lemaire ... Marc
Fanny Magier ... Hélène
Muriel Montossé ... Anita
Sophie Noël ... Sylvie (as Sophie Noel)
Evelyne Thomas ... Dominique
Agnès Bert (as Agnes Bert)
Cyril Val ... Un Apache (as Alain Plumey)
Myriam Watteau ... La femme apache
Joe de Palmer ... Un Apache (as Joe de Lara)
Jacques Sansoul
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jacques Marbeuf ... Le docteur (uncredited)

Directed by
Jean Rollin 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Jean Rollin  uncredited

Produced by
Joe de Palmer .... producer (as Joe de Lara)
Original Music by
Philippe d' Aram 
Cinematography by
Georgie Fromentin 
Film Editing by
Dominique Saint-Cyr 
Makeup Department
Eric Pierre .... makeup artist
Production Management
Christine Renaud .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Natalie Perrey .... assistant director
Jean-Pierre Bouyxou .... assistant director: preproduction (uncredited)
Sound Department
Claude Panier .... sound engineer
Philippe Penot .... foley artist
René Penot .... foley artist
Camera and Electrical Department
Bogdan Borkowski .... assistant cinematographer
Mordechaï Bracha .... electrician
Jean-Francois Gacé .... camera operator
Etienne Jourdan .... electrician
Other crew
Jean-Noël Delamarre .... title designer
Crew believed to be complete

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80 min
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Referenced in The Last Horror Film (1982)See more »


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14 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
Rollin's best, 27 July 2005
Author: deheor

A thief who is fleeing the partners that he double-crossed comes across a mansion with only two beautiful (and odd) occupants. His plan to stay until nightfall seems to be easily achievable when he finds out the home owners have no desire for him to leave.

From this simple premise Rollin creates his most engrossing work with the thief coming to realize that his greatest threat may not be the crooks outside the house but the ladies within. Though slow moving this film ratchets up the tension as midnight approaches and a mysterious ceremony is soon to begin.

Strong performances abound with special mention to frequent Rollin star Brigitte Lahaie who has never looked (or acted) better. The women in this film are all incredible and like in all of his films, Rollin shows a photographer's eye for beauty. Once again Rollin indulges in his fondness for lesbian sex scenes but they don't overpower the film like they do in some of his other works.

For anyone who has not yet seen a Rollin film, either this one or 'Grapes of death' would make excellent starters although, obviously, keep the kids away.

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