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The Demoniacs (1974)

Les démoniaques (original title)
R | | Horror | June 1977 (USA)
A gang of pirates rape the two sole survivors of a ship wreck. The violated girls are rescued by the strange inhabitants of a supposedly haunted island, where they are granted supernatural powers to strike revenge against the pirates.

Director:

Jean Rollin

Writer:

Jean Rollin
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Joëlle Coeur Joëlle Coeur ... Tina
John Rico John Rico ... Le Capitaine
Willy Braque Willy Braque ... Le Bosco
Paul Bisciglia Paul Bisciglia ... Paul - un naugrageur
Lieva Lone Lieva Lone ... La première démoniaque
Patricia Hermenier ... La deuxième démoniaque
Louise Dhour Louise Dhour ... Louise
Ben Zimet Ben Zimet ... L'exorciste Chadron
Mireille Dargent ... Le clown
Miletic Zivomir Miletic Zivomir ... Le Diable
Isabelle Copejans Isabelle Copejans ... Maryse - la serveuse
Yves Collignon Yves Collignon ... Un marin
Véronique Fanis Véronique Fanis ... Une fille dans la taverne
Monica Swinn ... Une fille dans la taverne (as Monika)
Jacqueline Priest Jacqueline Priest ... Une fille dans la taverne
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Storyline

Le Capitaine, le Bosco and two other sailors are dangerous ship wreckers. This time, they have done even worse mischief than usual, for not content to have lured a ship into coastal rocks and plundered it, they have also brutally raped and left for dead the two girls who have survived the wreck. But helped by a mysterious clown, by an exorcist on the beach and by... Satan himself, the two virgins turned she-devils will ruthlessly exact their terrible vengeance. Written by Guy Bellinger

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Horror

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

France | Belgium

Language:

French

Release Date:

June 1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Curse of the Living Dead See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(DVD)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Finnish visa # 162317 (video) See more »

Alternate Versions

The Image Entertainment DVD is missing the graphic rape sequence between Tina and the Captain. This footage was left out at the director's request due to personal reasons he had with his distributor at the time. See more »

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Referenced in L'age d'or du X (2006) See more »

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Unknown title
Music by Pierre Raph
Lyrics by Jean Rollin
Performed by Louise Dhour
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Stylish and poetic but not really much of a horror

After being raped and left for dead, a pair of women suddenly starts to invade the lives of the pirate gang that originally killed them after finding themselves imbued with supernatural powers and set out to take revenge on the gang for what happened to them using those powers.

This one wasn't all that bad of an art-house-style horror film. As is to be expected given the film's style, a lot of the film's positives reside on the showcasing of it's frequent and oftentimes excessive nudity. From the very beginning, featuring the beach rape of the girls as they're tormented by the gang features plenty of such titillating fare as the girls are captured, stripped, raped and disposed of while the fact that a vast majority of the revenge scenes are handled with the idea of the girls seducing the group one-by-one and then killed them off, give this one a lot of such material throughout the film. Moreover, there are all the inserts of nameless prostitutes and village girls getting fondled and played with alongside the finale of the female leader pleasuring herself to the girls being raped once again in incredibly wild, vivid fashion brings that up a lot as well, and with the general atmosphere found here really gives this one a pretty sleazy feel. As well, the fact that there's plenty of rather interesting choices throughout here because of this showcase gives this a kind of artistic sensibility that comes across far more dynamic than expected. Since the opening shots of the groups' rape and attack of the girls is done almost entirely devoid of dialogue makes for a rather startling and striking opening lasting nearly fifteen minutes before anyone really speaks a word, and the entirety of scenes that go by filled with silence or a more artistic representation really makes this one feel like a much more ambitious film than just straightforward exploitation like the way it's presented here. Even the action scenes, from the all-girls brawl on he ship to the escape from the underground jail are handled more like an art-house film than a traditional horror film and really manage to showcase extraordinary skills here. While these here all manage to make for an enjoyable time throughout here, the film does offer up a huge nagging issue that derails it somewhat slightly in that it never really goes for the horror at times. Not just due to the film's art-house look and feel, but the films' reliance on poetic atmosphere and the group going insane from their belief in what's going on makes this rather shock-less for nearly all of it's run-time despite the general plot line supporting such a potential outcome. The softcore groping and sex scenes don't help matters, but because the revenge finally comes in the last third of the film it rarely feels like much of genre effort and really stands out as the major drawback to this one.

Rated Unrated/NC-17: Continuous Full Nudity, strong sex scenes, Language, Mild Violence and several rape scenes.


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