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The Rape of the Vampire (1968)

Le viol du vampire (original title)
Not Rated | | Horror | 27 May 1968 (France)
After a psychoanalyst unsuccessfully tries to convince four sisters that they are not 200 year old vampires, the Queen of the Vampires promulgates the cause of the Undead.

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Jean Rollin
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Solange Pradel Solange Pradel ... Brigitte
Bernard Letrou Bernard Letrou ... Thomas
Catherine Deville Catherine Deville ... Brigitte
Ursule Pauly Ursule Pauly ... La soeur vampire rousse (as Ursulle Pauly)
Nicole Romain Nicole Romain ... La soeur vampire aveugle
Marco Pauly Marco Pauly ... Marc (as Marquis Polho)
Louise Horn Louise Horn ... La soeur vampire blonde
Doc Moyle Doc Moyle ... Le châtelain
Don Burhans Don Burhans ... Le monstre
Yolande Leclerc Yolande Leclerc ... La fille opérée
Philippe Druillet Philippe Druillet ... Un villageois
Jean Aron Jean Aron ... Un villageois
Mei Chen Chalais Mei Chen Chalais ... Une cobaye (as Mei-Chen)
Edith Ponceau-Lardie Edith Ponceau-Lardie ... Une cobaye
Jean-Denis Bonan Jean-Denis Bonan ... Un villageois
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Storyline

This low budget first film from director Jean Rollin is in reality two very loosely-connected, surreally erotic shorts about vampirism. In the first, three Parisians including a psychoanalyst try to convince four neurotic sisters living in a decaying country chateau that their belief that they are 200 year old vampires is false. The alluring young women are influenced and controlled by a enigmatic disembodied voice which turns out to be the an aging, aristocratic lord of the manor, whose motives are unclear but clearly perverse. Local rustics unite to hunt down and kill the sanguine siblings. In the second, the Queen of the Vampires and her acolytes arrive on the scene, resurrect the dead, and promulgate the cause of the Undead while a medical researcher works to find an antidote to vampirism. Written by duke1029

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Certificate:

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

27 May 1968 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Queen of the Vampires See more »

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Budget:

FRF 200,000 (estimated)
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Les Films ABC See more »
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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Because of the events of May 1968 in Paris, French distributors, fearing for the box office, decided to freeze their activities until it went back to normal. As a result, no other new feature was released during that period apart from this one. Consequently, by lack of competitors, it became the most successful film of the month in France. See more »

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Thomas: I rise from the dead without coming back to life. You have to help me... Help me... Help me choose... Help me. My time as a man has become a distant memory - a time when I had no need of blood to quench this unbearable thirst.
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R.I.P. Jean Rollin - He made exactly the films he wanted to.
30 December 2010 | by Witchfinder-General-666See all my reviews

When Jean Rollin died earlier this month, cult-cinema lost an iconic director who always made exactly the films he wanted to. Rollin is considered a true master by many of my fellow Eurohorror fans. Admittedly, I have never counted myself among his biggest fans. While Rollin's visual and atmospheric mastery is undeniable, I found most of the confused and weird plots of his films to be rather low on substance. The fantastic 1978 Zombie film "Les Raisins de la Mort" (aka. "The Grapes of Death") and the interesting "La Morte Vivante" ("The Living Dead Girl", 1982) are the two exceptions to this. However, it must also be seen to Rollin's credit that he never seemed to care to give his films a conventional storyline and therefore arguably make them more accessible. Rollin is primarily known for his countless Erotic Vampire films, which are usually visually stunning, atmospheric and highly artistic but utterly weird and confused.

Rollin's feature length debut "Le Viol Du Vampire" aka. "The Rape of the Vampire" aka. "Queen of the Vampires" (1968) is one of the films that epitomize Rollin's style of filmmaking. Since it was made in the 60s the film is not quite as explicitly sleazy as Rollin's 70s and 80s efforts, but doubtlessly incredibly sleazy for its day. Visually, this black and white film is maybe even more astounding than Rollin's later efforts. The film has a beautiful and eerie Gothic atmosphere from the very beginning, and every sequence is filmed with sinister elegance. The first half of the film is generally interesting to watch. Sadly, it gets somewhat tedious in the second half.

"Le Viol Du Vampire" was originally meant to be a short film, which would have probably suited the film better. However, Rollin decided to make it a feature length film; therefore, the film is divided in two chapters, the second of which is the longer, more confused and more tedious one. As it is the case with most of Rollin's Erotic Vampire films, it doesn't really make sense to give a plot description here. The first chapter, which is about 30 minutes long has a confused storyline, but one that is interesting enough to be saved by visual beauty and atmosphere. The second chapter, which is an hour long has some interesting moments, but overall it is way too long and doesn't make a lick of sense, which makes it quite tedious to say the least. As it is the case in every Rollin film, the female cast members are beautiful and have exhibitonist tendencies. The appearance of many hot naked women, Sadomasochistic scenes which must have been outrageous at the time, and a whole lot of bizarre stuff is vaguely enough to make "Le Viol Du Vampire" rewarding, however. Most of the second chapter just seems to be an excuse to make the film longer, and it shows. Overall, most of "Le Viol Du Vampire" is Rollin-typical visually astonishing nonsense, with a beautiful female cast and a mesmerizing score.

R.I.P. Jean Rollin. While I personally will probably never be one of his most enthusiastic fans it is undeniable that the man did exactly the films that he wanted to make, and very obviously didn't care to meet any accepted standards. Even though "Le Viol Du Vampire" is somewhat tiresome, and therefore only recommendable to those who like Rollin's weird style of filmmaking, it has to be considered a classic of Erotic Eurohorror and pioneering Erotic Vampire film. The atmosphere and visual style are stunning. Nonetheless it is hard to watch the film all the way through without getting bored. One for Rollin-fans.


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