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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 »


Featured in La Morte Vivante: Music by Philippe D'Aram (2012) See more »


La morte vivante
Written by Phillipe D'Aram
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Zombies? No, just one.
17 October 2008 | by lastliberalSee all my reviews

This is an interesting film on several levels. It is not full of top notch acting, but it is different and I like that.

First, some sleaze-bags are dumping chemical waste in an underground burial vault that dates from the 12th century. A tremor releases gases and awakens our living dead girl (Françoise Blanchard). She wanders into the castle above, which happens to have been her home when she died two years ago.

Now, the realtor (Dominique Treillou) brings her boyfriend for a weekend of fun. Surprise! Our living dead girl needs some blood to survive. Now, is she a zombie or a vampire? She doesn't bite, but tears the flesh apart, but she doesn't eat the flesh either; she drinks them dry. Topic for discussion.

What I like about European films is that they have no problems with full frontal. They also use very healthy actresses, not some skinny starlet. Gorgeous bodies are on display in this film.

There isn't much story here. The film has constant flashbacks to the childhood of the zombie and her friend Hélène (Marina Pierro). Hélène comes to the castle after a phone call to see if her friend is alive. At first she doesn't understand, but is soon getting her fresh meat to drink dry.

The living dead girl just wants to die, but Hélène wants to keep her alive. One is never sure if there is more to this relationship than childhood friendship, but there is only one possible ending to it.

Really should be seen by all zombie lovers for a different take on the subject.

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