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La nuit des étoiles filantes (1973)

Not Rated | | Horror | 26 October 1978 (Italy)
Following the death of her father, a young girl visits her estranged family at their sinister castle in the countryside, and comes to realize her eccentric and morbid relatives are not quite alive.

Directors:

Jesús Franco (as Jess Franco), Pierre Quérut (uncredited) | 1 more credit »

Writers:

Jesús Franco (as Jess Franco), Paul D'Ales (French dialogue)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Christina von Blanc Christina von Blanc ... Christina Benton (as Cristine von Blanc)
Carmen Yazalde ... Carmencé (as Britt Nickols)
Rosa Palomar Rosa Palomar ... Aunt Abigail
Anne Libert Anne Libert ... The Queen of the Night
Howard Vernon ... Uncle Howard
Jesús Franco ... Basilio (as Jesus Manera)
Paul Muller ... Ernesto Pablo Reiner, Christina's father
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Storyline

A girl arrives from London to visit her estranged relatives in a remote castle for the reading of her father's will. After a while she discovers that they are all in fact dead and her decision to live with them turns into a nightmare. Unable to leave she's drawn into a macabre underworld through visions of nude satanic rituals and her own impending sacrifice. Written by <arviga@online.no>

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Certificate:

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Language:

French

Release Date:

26 October 1978 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Zombie 4: A Virgin Among the Living Dead See more »

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Runtime:

(DVD) | (director's cut)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Contrary to what some sources claim, this was not filmed in 1971. Filming took place in May and June of 1973. Furthermore, several automobiles in this film have been identified as 1972 and 1973 model year cars. See more »

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Just past the nine-minute mark, when Christina stands next to the guy playing piano, she casts a shadow on the right side of his face, which appears and disappears in each shot. See more »

Quotes

Christina Benton: If you want to see Herminia, you'd better hurry up.
Uncle Howard: Why, what's the matter with her?
Christina Benton: She's dying, that's all.
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Make sure you see the original uncut version!
13 January 2002 | by InfofreakSee all my reviews

Many of the comments here are written about the hacked up version of 'A Virgin Among The Living Dead' so ignore them. This is actually a very watchable movie, not the best Jess Franco I have seen, but still above average. More an erotic fantasy than a horror movie per se, it will appeal to fans of 60s/70s Euroschlock like 'Nude For Satan' and Franco's classic 'Vampyros Lesbos'.

The stunningly beautiful Christina von Blanc plays the lovely innocent Christina Benson, who is summoned from boarding school in England to the reading of her father's will in a spooky castle. She never really knew her father, or had previously met her bizarre relatives who live in the castle, which according to the locals is deserted. It doesn't take much to work out her family's "secret", the title tells all. Christina however, is a bit slow to catch on. She spends most of her time wandering around in a daze, often naked (great news for us viewers!), and increasingly unable to tell dream from reality.

There's not much action in this movie, and very little horror, but it has an almost Argento-like nightmarish feel to it, and like most of Franco's output, is very stylish despite the obviously low budget. The sight of the gorgeous Ms. Blanc is more than enough for me to recommend this movie. One look at her and any failings 'A Virgin Among The Living Dead' has will quickly be forgotten! An enjoyable fun movie.


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