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Lips of Blood (1975)

Lèvres de sang (original title)
Not Rated | | Horror | 18 May 1975 (France)
Frederick sees a photograph of a ruined seaside castle, which triggers a strange childhood memory. He then goes on a strange quest, aided by four female vampires, to find the castle and the beautiful woman who lives there.

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Jean Rollin
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jean-Loup Philippe ... Frédéric
Annie Belle ... Jennifer (as Annie Briand)
Natalie Perrey Natalie Perrey ... La mère de Frédéric
Martine Grimaud Martine Grimaud ... La photographe
Serge Rollin Serge Rollin ... Frédéric enfant
Catherine Castel Catherine Castel ... Jumelle vampire
Marie-Pierre Castel ... Jumelle vampire
Hélène Maguin Hélène Maguin ... Une vampire
Anita Berglund Anita Berglund ... Une vampire
Paul Bisciglia Paul Bisciglia ... Le psychiatre
Willy Braque Willy Braque ... Le tueur
Claudine Beccarie ... Claudine
Béatrice Harnois Béatrice Harnois ... Le modèle
Sylvia Bourdon Sylvia Bourdon ... La fausse Jennifer
Mireille Dargent
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Storyline

This erotic vampire film features a young man on a strange quest after recognizing a castle on a poster. He seems to remember the castle from his childhood and eventually finds it with the aid of a strange woman dressed in white. It turns out that his family has been keeping the secret of vampirism from him. Written by Ørnås

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Horror

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

18 May 1975 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Lips of Blood See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(X rated)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Director cameo: [Jean Rollin] Cemetery caretaker killed by the female vampires. See more »

Alternate Versions

X-rated version with explicit sex scenes: Suce-moi vampire (France, by 'Michel Gand') or Suck Me Vampire (USA, by 'Mike Gentle'). See more »

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References The Nude Vampire (1970) See more »

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It's the '70s... let's all get nekkid!
10 December 2018 | by BA_HarrisonSee all my reviews

While at a party, Frédéric (Jean-Loup Philippe) notices a photograph of a ruined castle that triggers childhood memories of a mysterious, attractive young women. Intrigued, the young man sets out to find the castle and the woman who resides there, his quest aided by four female vampires.

When a director's work is referred to as 'dream-like', I usually take that to mean 'pretentious' and 'confusing'. Jean Rollin's Lips of Blood is, at times, both of these things, and yet I still found myself liking the film to some extent. It certainly doesn't hurt that Rollin sees fit to fill Lips of Blood with naked and semi-naked Euro-totty, but I also enjoyed the overall surreal ambience, where nothing is predictable.

As far as the nudity is concerned, viewers are treated to a photographer's model (Béatrice Harnois) in nothing but knee high boots, the photographer herself (Martine Grimaud) in the altogether, the four vampire ladies wearing nothing but billowing chiffon (they'd catch their death, if they weren't already dead), and the young woman Frédéric is searching for - actually a vampire called Jennifer (Annie Belle) - stripping off at the end of the film. Jean-Loup Philippe gets his tackle out to keep things fair.

The weirder stuff includes a would-be assassin with a Jason King moustache who tries to kill Frédéric for reasons I still haven't worked out (and who is foiled when a vampire switches on a fountain display), Frédéric's rescue from a mental institution by vampire nurses, Frédéric meeting Jennifer wearing David Bowie-style new wave make-up, a blind peddlar woman selling photos of the ruined castle (don't ask me why... I haven't the foggiest), and a head-scratching ending that sees Frédéric, now a vampire, climbing into a coffin with Jennifer, the pair carried out to sea by the tide.


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