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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:
Catherine Deville Catherine Deville ... Brigitte
Bernard Letrou Bernard Letrou ... Thomas
Marco Pauly Marco Pauly ... Marc
Jacqueline Sieger Jacqueline Sieger ... La reine des vampires
Jean-Loup Philippe ... Le docteur Samsky
Ariane Sapriel Ariane Sapriel ... La femme de Samsky
Solange Pradel Solange Pradel ... Brigitte
Ursule Pauly Ursule Pauly ... La soeur vampire rousse
Nicole Romain Nicole Romain ... La soeur vampire aveugle
Louise Horn Louise Horn ... La soeur vampire blonde
Doc Moyle Doc Moyle ... Le châtelain
Don Burhans Don Burhans ... Le monstre
Alain Yves Beaujour Alain Yves Beaujour ... Un homme de main de la reine
Olivier Rollin Olivier Rollin ... Un homme de main de la Reine (as Olivier Martin)
Annie Merlin Annie Merlin ... Une servante de la Reine
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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:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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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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Trivia

Jean Rollin improvised most of the story after losing the script on the third day of shooting the picture. See more »

Quotes

Thomas: Give me the kiss of the vampire.
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Referenced in The Night of the Hunted (1980) See more »

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visual delirium
19 August 2009 | by Mathis_VogelSee all my reviews

'The Rape of the Vampire' is split up into two parts. While the first segment is rather linear and 'normal', with super-expressive, daring camera angles, the second part, "La Reine Des Vampires" is a lot more confusing, while exhibiting the same level of visual excellence and dreamlike, naive atmosphere. The story is very fragmented and it's hard to follow the ever-multiplying characters. I find films like Franco's 'Succubus' or Jodorowsky's 'Holy Mountain' to be slow and pretentious, but I didn't have have any problem with the similarly haphazard and unstructured 'The Rape of the Vampire' doesn't feel artificial because it's got its heart in the right place, which can be said about majority of Rollin's films. He may not have professional actors, but he nevertheless gets them to deliver emotional performances and create moving, if not realistic, characters. The acting may be unpolished, but Rollin has a gift for drama which he displays more consistently then the other Eurotica directors(Franco, D'Amato) with whom he often gets bundled as a sexploitation director. The story is a mess, but a poetic one, and images are arresting. In terms of cinematography 'The Rape of the Vampire' is more more adventurous than director's more popular films 'Fascination' and 'La Morte Vivante'. I have the warmest feelings for this very brave film and will be re-watching it again.


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