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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.

Director:

Jean Rollin

Writers:

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

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
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Storyline

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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Certificate:

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Country:

France

Language:

French | English

Release Date:

25 August 1982 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

The Living Dead Girl See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Quotes

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 »

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Dans la crypte
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A Tale of Two Friends
10 February 2004 | by suspiria10See all my reviews

When two bumbling knuckleheads decide to rob the graves of a crypt where they go to dump barrels of toxic waste in, they quickly are in over their heads. An earth tremor spills one of the barrels onto the coffin of the deceased Catherine. After she shakes off her two year sabbatical in the catacombs she awakens to an insatiable lust for blood that quickly does in those poor goons. She goes back to the castle of her youth to reclaim her memories and for a light snack or two. When Helene, Catherine's childhood blood sister, races back to the castle to help Catherine she quickly learns that the pairs childhood vow to follow each other in to death will soon be fulfilled.

La Morte Vivante (Living Dead Girl) is considered to be one of Rollin's most commercial efforts. This being one of the first Rollin flicks that I've seen I can't really compare this to any of his others, that said I will say that his plain but adequate filming style goes about things in a leisurely paced fashion but comes alive at the right moments. This simple tale of two friends has a few gory moments and a generous helping of skin to satisfy most people who crave those things. The acting is good for the most part. Françoise Blanchard does a good job as the living dead girl. She even shows off an occasionally convincing dramatic moment when her character breaks down towards the end. Marina Pierro plays Catherine's friend Helene. It's not the best written part ever but she does what she needs with what she was given. . I would like to know why is it that she would call her best bud, two years after her death. But her character's devotion to her friend is pretty much the dead heart of this living dead girl.

In the end you have a rather simple tale that expands a little bit out of its' rather typical vampire / zombie roots. The film is plainly shot with an occasional flare and the sets, while convincing, are not as neat as they could have been. Is that one of the most boring mausoleums or is it me? Not horribly bad….but not totally engaging either.


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