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The Living Dead Girl (1982)

La morte vivante (original title)
Not Rated | | Horror | 25 August 1982 (France)
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
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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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Abruptly, the eternal slumber of the once vital 20-year-old Catherine Valmont is disturbed when a violent tremor shakes her damp and sombre underground crypt in the very foundation of her once vibrant French château. Now that the much lamented, delicate and oblivious Catherine is enticed to dwell in the world of the living tethered to the place she used to live, summoning pale memories of her beloved blood-sister Hélène remains her only link to this earth except for that vague, yet overwhelming rabid desire for innocent fragrant blood. Sooner or later, the dumbfounded Hélène will encounter once again her solitary dark sister who is longing for her in silence, nevertheless, is the cryptic Catherine the person she once knew or has she become a grim and soulless monster? Written by Nick Riganas

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Trivia

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 »

Quotes

Catherine Valmont: If you die first, I'll follow you.
Hélène: If you die first, I'll follow you. I swear it with my blood.
Catherine Valmont: I swear it with my blood. Hélène, I will always love you...
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Dans la crypte
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Lots of blood, lots of screaming, not nearly enough flesh!
31 March 2001 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

OK, a trawl through my past user comments will reveal that I am really interested in this genre of movies for purely purient interest. Having said that, I do know a good film when I see one. While Holywood rarely produces these, neither does Jean Rollin.

I simply cannot understand how some people can give films such as these high marks. Different strokes obviously. To be fair, this is the best produced Rollin film (out of three) that I have seen, but the others were pretty bad, so that is no commendation. Can bad acting, sloppy plotting and woeful gore effects really be that easily ignored?

The story revolves around a girl brought back from the dead who needs blood to sustain herself, her childhood friend's efforts to meet her need, and a French-American's efforts to expose what is going on. The story is threadbare and doesn't go anywhere. Everyone but the vampire girl bleed profusely by the film's end, but to no effect. Little horror, only litres of fake blood and latex gore.

Worst of all, there is little nudity or sex action to compensate. The opportunity of a lesbian relationship (de rigueur I would have thought!) between the vampire and her girlfriend is not realised, and there is only one sex scene. Isn't this the reason thats these films are made?!? I can think of no other. The other Rollin films I have seen (earlier than this one) are worse overall, but manage to compensate by some spirited flesh action.

And have I mentioned the screaming that occurs throughout the film? It's a wonder my neighbours haven't called the police.

So to those who rate this film highly, purporting it to be some kind of arty French tour de force: I have seen films which are the real thing, and it is an insult to competant French directors to make any comparison with Rollin.


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