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The Blood Rose (1970)

La rose écorchée (original title)
A Famous artist becomes obsessed with restoring the beautiful face of his badly burned fiancée, resorting to blackmailing a plastic surgeon into shady operations involving the skin from young girls.


Claude Mulot


Claude Mulot (scenario), Jean Larriaga (scenario) | 1 more credit »




Complete credited cast:
Philippe Lemaire ... Frédéric
Anny Duperey ... Anne
Olivia Robin Olivia Robin ... Barbara
Elizabeth Teissier ... Moira (as Elisabeth Teissier)
Michèle Perello Michèle Perello ... Agnès (as Michelle Perello)
Valérie Boisgel Valérie Boisgel ... Catherine
Gérard-Antoine Huart Gérard-Antoine Huart ... Wilfried (as Gérard Huart)
Jean-Pierre Honoré Jean-Pierre Honoré ... Paul Bertin
Jacques Seiler Jacques Seiler ... Le policier
Michel Charrel Michel Charrel ... L'homme louche
Véronique Verlhac Véronique Verlhac ... La cliente de la galerie
Roberto Roberto ... Igor
Johnny Cacao Johnny Cacao ... Olaf
Howard Vernon ... Professeur Römer


Frédéric Lansac, an artist and botanist, has a wild affair with party girl Moira, but throws her over when he meets the lovely Anne. They marry, but tragedy strikes when Moira shows up at the wedding party and makes a scene, causing Anne to fall into a bonfire. Frédéric and Anne lock themselves up in his mansion with his servants, a pair of mute dwarfs. Anne, needless to say, becomes bitter and demanding. Frédéric tells everyone Anne has died, then on the sly, hires a nurse to look after her.

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An Under Rated Gem of 70's Euro Horror
19 May 2007 | by pj75pj75See all my reviews

The first real film from a director who went on to do a lot of interesting work in the 1970's and 80's before his tragic death by drowning in 1986.

An avowed homage to Eyes Without a Face, the film unquestionably creates its own atmosphere and goes in a very different direction from its more famous model. Mulot's film has great cinematography, an interesting script construction and a very melancholic mood that marks it out from most low budget shockers of the period. Although not a costume piece as such, it is probably closer to the classic Mill of the Stone Women than to Franju's film.

The acting and direction are of a uniformly high standard. Anny Duperey and Philip Lemaire impart real depth to their characterizations and it's great to see Euro legend Howard Vernon once again. The film was sold as a mixture of sex and horror and the sex is provided by a bevy of stunning Euro babes including Valerie Boisgel and Michele Perello who went on to feature in Morgane et ses Nymphes before disappearing into the hinterlands of porn.

Well worth more than a passing look for any fan of classy Euro horror, this one has probably improved with age and repays repeated viewings.

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25 September 1970 (France) See more »

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1.66 : 1
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