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The Living Dead Girl (1982)

La morte vivante (original title)
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A toxic spill revives a beautiful, dead heiress who, with the help of her childhood friend, must quench her insatiable thirst for blood.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Marina Pierro ...
Hélène
Françoise Blanchard ...
Catherine Valmont
Mike Marshall ...
Greg
Carina Barone ...
Barbara Simon
Fanny Magier ...
6th Victim (as Fanny Magieri)
Patricia Besnard-Rousseau
Véronique Pinson ...
(as Veronique Pinson)
Sandrine Morel ...
Teenage Catherine Valmont
Jean Cherlian ...
Second Burglar
Jean-Pierre Bouyxou ...
Burglar
Alain Petit ...
Third Burglar
Jacques Marbeuf
Sam Selsky ...
Old American Man In The House Of Catherine
Lise Overman
Laurence Royer
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A toxic spill revives a beautiful, dead heiress who, with the help of her childhood friend, must quench her insatiable thirst for blood.

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There was an English version filmed with the same cast and crew, which was directed by Gregory Heller who would shoot his scene right after Jean Rollin. The English version has never been released and is now a lost film. See more »

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A Rollin film with lots of added gore
17 March 2013 | by (Edinburgh, Scotland, UK) – See all my reviews

This Jean Rollin feature is an erotic horror about a woman who returns from the dead due to an accident involving an earthquake and toxic chemicals. She is The Living Dead Girl and she has a vampire like taste for blood. She is drawn back to her 'blood sister' Helene, who in turn finds victims for her.

This is another melancholic and downbeat effort from Rollin. Once again his vampire is a tragic one. She did not choose her fate. She feels guilt at her subsequent actions and is repulsed by them. We feel sorry for her. The film is also about friendship and loyalty. The bond between the two girls is effectively a pact that goes beyond the grave. One of the defining features of The Living Dead Girl is its goriness. It is very bloody by Rollin's standards, so in this respect it may be a little more accessible to a wider horror audience. But then again, aside from this, it's strictly business as usual. There are the usual selection of paper thin characters, weak dialogue and low production values; while the story emphasises things that are atypical for a standard horror film, such as a melancholic 'monster' and some poetic imagery. Examples of the latter would include scenes of the girl wandering through fields in a white night dress and the night time river scene. As usual Rollin does ensure the film looks interesting. There are some nice French countryside locations and a picturesque villa. While the atmosphere is moody throughout, with some delicate musical accompaniment on the soundtrack. It is a little odd though having an American couple in the movie. This, no doubt was a way of trying to sell the film easier overseas. But like all other Rollin films these characters are uninteresting, Rollin seems to be only interested in his female vampires/villains. It isn't without faults; it does drag in places but like others from the director would probably improve on re-watches. The film does, however, wrap up in one of the most effectively haunting endings Rollin ever conceived.


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