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The Living Dead Girl (1982)

La morte vivante (original title)
Not Rated | | Horror | 25 August 1982 (France)
A toxic spill revives a beautiful, dead heiress who, with the help of her childhood friend, must quench her insatiable thirst for blood.


Jean Rollin


Gregory K. Heller (as Gregory Heller), Jacques Ralf (dialogue) | 3 more credits »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Marina Pierro ... Hélène
Françoise Blanchard ... Catherine Valmont
Mike Marshall Mike Marshall ... Greg
Carina Barone ... Barbara Simon
Fanny Magier Fanny Magier ... 6th Victim (as Fanny Magieri)
Patricia Besnard-Rousseau Patricia Besnard-Rousseau
Véronique Pinson Véronique Pinson ... (as Veronique Pinson)
Sandrine Morel Sandrine Morel ... Teenage Catherine Valmont
Jean Cherlian Jean Cherlian ... Second Burglar
Jean-Pierre Bouyxou Jean-Pierre Bouyxou ... Burglar
Alain Petit Alain Petit ... Third Burglar
Jacques Marbeuf Jacques Marbeuf
Sam Selsky Sam Selsky ... Old American Man In The House Of Catherine
Lise Overman Lise Overman
Laurence Royer Laurence Royer


Abruptly, the eternal slumber of the once vital 20-year-old Catherine Valmont is disturbed when a violent tremor shakes her damp and sombre underground crypt in the very foundation of her once vibrant French château. Now that the much lamented, delicate and oblivious Catherine is enticed to dwell in the world of the living tethered to the place she used to live, summoning pale memories of her beloved blood-sister Hélène remains her only link to this earth except for that vague, yet overwhelming rabid desire for innocent fragrant blood. Sooner or later, the dumbfounded Hélène will encounter once again her solitary dark sister who is longing for her in silence, nevertheless, is the cryptic Catherine the person she once knew or has she become a grim and soulless monster? Written by Nick Riganas

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Did You Know?


There was an English version filmed with the same cast and crew, which was directed by Gregory Heller who would shoot his scene right after Jean Rollin. The English version has never been released and is now a lost film. See more »


Catherine Valmont: If you die first, I'll follow you.
Hélène: If you die first, I'll follow you. I swear it with my blood.
Catherine Valmont: I swear it with my blood. Hélène, I will always love you...
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Alternate Versions

The 1994 UK Redemption video release was cut by 2 minutes 29 secs by the BBFC to heavily edit shots of cannibalism, closeups of a woman's slashed stomach and a shot of a woman with a knife in her throat. The 2007 Redemption DVD is fully uncut. See more »


Referenced in The Zombie Horror Picture Show (2014) See more »


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Yet another interesting Rollin vampire movie!
2 March 2002 | by InfofreakSee all my reviews

I have only seen three Jean Rollin movies (the other two being 'La Vampire Nue' and 'Fascination'). Each made in a different decade, each one a vampire movie of some kind, but each different in approach and theme. All three are fascinating movies, hard to compare with any other horror director's output. While Rollin's work bears certain superficial resemblances to some of Jess Franco's, particularly the emphasis on mood, style and eroticism, each director is his own man. Rollin's movies, though as much exploitation films as Franco's, are not as camp or trashy. I hesitate to call them "art films", but in their own eccentric way they almost are.

'The Living Dead Girl' concerns the resurrection of a French heiress via a spill of "toxic waste". As much a zombie as a vampire, at least initially, she must relentlessly feed on blood to survive. In other director's hands the premise would then go into a familiar direction. Rollin however, takes into stranger territory of loyalty, love and guilt. The movie contains plenty of gore and a reasonably amount of nudity, but overall it will probably not be exactly what you expected. That's what makes it so damn interesting! Watch this without any preconceived ideas about what a vampire movie should or should not be and you will be in for a unique trip! Hats off once again to Jean Rollin for a totally unique experience.

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