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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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Storyline

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.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

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

Genres:

Horror

Certificate:

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Details

Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

August 1973 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Caged Virgins See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Les Films ABC See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (English dubbed)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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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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decent enough Rollin from his peak period
12 May 2001 | by Matt MosesSee all my reviews

One of Rollin's best, although lacking the stylish gaudiness of his earlier masterpieces. However, considered as the work of an impressively productive director with about as many misses as hits, this film holds a high ranking in his oeuvre. He starts smash dab in the middle of obviously complicated unexplained criminal events, with the two female protagonists done up in ludicrous clown costumes. After the death of their fellow fugitive, they set fire to their car and wander off into the woods. Dark, young beauty Mireille Dargent stumbles into an open grave and ends up covered in opened dirt as nearby Marie-Pierre Castle watches, too scared to speak. Once unearthed, she and her friend find a seemingly abandoned castle with a decomposing body in the basement. Some uninspired vampires bring the girls to their dungeon of depravity. Dying vamp Philippe Gasté, the last of his kind in great need to make more with the help of vamp pal Anne-Dominique Toussaint, gives them a wee bite. They're somewhat uncertain about this idea of slowing turning into the blood-sucking undead, but things head in unexpected directions from here in typical Rollin style, if typical can be described as such. Although many of Rollin's women find themselves thrust unexpectedly into a world of evil, a close inspection of their characters from the beginning suggest a previous loss of innocence. Rollin's women do not succumb to these influences - indeed, they generally escape from their perilous situations - but it's important to remember that this sort of behavior may well not be old hat to them. Requiem uses extremely effective pacing, which many mistake as boring. Some extremely long takes contain little distinguishable action, denying the audience a passive film experience. This style of filmmaking instead demands total audience involvement, with only occasional instances of the glossy seduction suggested by the film's pretext. Rollin's decision to spend so much screen time on seemingly aimless wandering evokes a misguided spiritual quest, with obvious sexual connotations in the form of vampires. The experimental score by Pierre Raph, who worked with Rollin on the notorious Démoniaques, compliments this uncertain, possibly confused journey. In stark contrast to these rather profound elements stands the unnecessarily graphic sexual torture that goes on the castle's dungeon. This goes to an unnecessary extreme - I can't, for example, imagine anyone enjoying the image of a bat nestling in a woman's vagina. However, movies do need a target audience and Rollin could easily have chosen a worse genre into which to work his ideas. After this film, Toussaint began her career as a producer.. Dargent and Castle, prototypical Rollin girls, appeared in several other of his films.


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