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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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Cast

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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
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Jacques Marbeuf ... Le docteur (uncredited)
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Directed by
Jean Rollin 
 
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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
 
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4 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Sensual fascinations, 26 October 2011
Author: chaos-rampant from Greece

Sooner or later anyone doing the rounds of horror is confronted with Rollin; the sensually paced, purely ephemeral wanderings around mansions or cemeteries, at least in his better films, pale naked skin dripping with blood, almost always. It is relatively easy to deal with them, with none of the hard anchors in story or characters one either concedes to dream with him or not.

So yes, largely nonsense in conventional terms, here about a man who is stranded in a secluded château with a host of beautiful women who are waiting for midnight to perform a mysterious ritual, but attached to a poetry of images.

The frequent comparison is to Jess Franco; but whereas Franco at his best intuited feverish images that always seemed to zoom at the verge of cacophony, Rollin exhibits painterly control over his. His gaze is methodical, attuned with the aural qualities of film; notice here for example how the winds howling outside the mansion stop and start every time someone opens a door.

It's simple really, the ritual a tone poem about the unveiling of naked beauty. The twist, if it can be called that, is that what we expect to be vampires imbued with some supernatural capacity are only women lusting for blood. The man - our surrogate viewer in the midst of beauty - is lusting himself and so concedes to be part of the dream.

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