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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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Horror

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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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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A Good Idea That Deserved Better
31 January 2006 | by OgreVISee all my reviews

I expect that Rollin, when he made this film, was just trying to make a few bucks off teenage boys with a plain old breast-and-blood flick. And really, that's all this is. Certainly every cast member gets naked at one time or another, and certainly there's plenty of blood, though the gore is never really overwhelming. Also, the script is pretty poorly written. I mean, it's inaccurate to say that the story is full of plot holes…the story itself is basically one big plot hole, starting with the first scene and continuing the length of the picture. I spent a lot of the time staring at the screen saying, "What? But, but…what?" What sets this film apart, though, what makes it worth watching, is the interesting transition taking place in the relationship between the main characters, which intimates a depth of story that Rollin probably didn't intend. The story is that Catherine (the Living Dead Girl in question) has to kill and feed on her victims, and with each victim she grows more nearly alive. But the interesting thing is that, as Catherine becomes more nearly human, she becomes more and more horrified with what she's become and what she's compelled to do. Meanwhile, her friend and protector Helene, at first revolted by the change in her friend, becomes more and more inured to the horror she and Catherine are perpetrating. It's interesting that, as Catherine becomes more and more human, Helene becomes more and more monstrous. To me, the dynamic between the two main characters is an idea that deserves a better exploration than this movie is able (or willing) to give. I would love to see someone like David Cronenberg rewrite and remake this movie; I believe it could be a horror classic with the right people behind it.


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