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Requiem for a Vampire (1971)

Requiem pour un vampire (original title)
R | | Horror | August 1973 (USA)
Two girls on the run get lost in the French countryside, and wind up in a haunted chateau occupied by an ailing vampire and his servants.

Director:

Jean Rollin

Writer:

Jean Rollin
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Marie-Pierre Castel ... Marie
Mireille Dargent ... Michelle
Philippe Gasté Philippe Gasté ... Frédéric
Dominique Dominique ... Erika
Louise Dhour Louise Dhour ... Louise
Michel Delesalle Michel Delesalle ... Le vieux vampire
Antoine Mosin Antoine Mosin ... Le premier barbare
Olivier François Olivier François ... Le second barbare
Dominique Toussaint Dominique Toussaint ... Le troisième barbare
Agnes Jacquet Agnes Jacquet ... La première victime des vampires
Anne-Rose Kurra Anne-Rose Kurra ... La deuxième victime des vampires
Agnès Petit Agnès Petit ... La troisième victime des vampires
Paul Bisciglia Paul Bisciglia ... L'homme au vélo
Jean-Noël Delamarre Jean-Noël Delamarre ... L'ami de Michèle et Marie
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Two girls on the run get lost in the French countryside, and wind up in a haunted chateau occupied by an ailing vampire and his servants.

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Their Innocence Violated Beyond Description-In An Endless Nightmare Of Terror See more »

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Horror

Certificate:

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Goofs

At the beginning, when the clowns are pouring the gas over the dead friend, you can see him move several times, including twitches and breathing. See more »

Alternate Versions

The film was rejected for UK cinema by the BBFC in 1972. It was finally released on video in 1993 by Redemption after extensive cuts of 6 minutes 55 secs to heavily edit shots of chained women in a cellar being stripped and raped by vampires, and a scene where Marie is whipped by Michelle. See more »

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Featured in La nuit des horloges (2007) See more »

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Definitely not "Buffy, the Vampire Slayer"
5 March 2005 | by lazarilloSee all my reviews

This is not Jean Rollin's best film, but it might be his most essential one for fans because it combines the moody visuals of films like "Fascination" and "Two Orphan Vampires" with the perverse softcore sex of films like "Bacchanales Sexuales". Two teenage virgins run away from a school party (which in the strange Rollin universe somehow involves dressing as clowns, having a shoot-out with police, and disposing of the body of their dead male accomplice in a burning car). After a bizarre accident while walking through a graveyard that almost results in one girl being buried alive, they arrive at a deserted castle and do what any two virgins would do in a 70's Eurohorror/sex movie--strip off all their clothes for some hot lesbian action. Soon though they meet the occupants of the castle who are, of course, vampires. Freely rewriting the vampire rulebook, Rollin's vampires in this movie can not pass their curse on to anyone except virgins. Any non-virgins are chained to the wall while the monstrous man-servants have their way with them in gratuitous sex scenes before the female vampire suck their blood from their breasts and the male vampire changes into a bat to commit an act of bestiality that no pervert in the world would find erotic (you have admire the sheer audacity of Rollin if nothing else).

The conflict happens when one girl decides to lose her virginity while the other decides to preserve hers and join the ranks of the living dead. But the bonds of love and friendship are not easily broken. This movie addresses some real themes of coming-of-age and friendship (albeit in a fantastical and at times ridiculous milieu), but no one will confuse it with "Buffy, the Vampire Slayer". If you're looking for sex,on the other hand, you certainly won't be disappointed, but unlike all the erotic vampire movies they churn out these days, this is a vampire film with a lot of sex, not a sex film with vampiric trappings. And there is something very personal and obsessive about Rollin's films that the modern-day hacks can never hope imitate. This movie contains all manner of memorable images--preserved human arms holding candles, posed skeletons dressed in clerical robes, a girl in a mini-skirt lying on a coffin being buried alive by oblivious gravediggers, a girl clamoring around the ruins of a Gothic castle dressed in nothing but knee socks. Good or bad, Rollin is definitely a one-of-a-kind filmmaker.


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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

August 1973 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Caged Virgins See more »

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Les Films ABC See more »
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Runtime:

| (English dubbed)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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