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The Iron Rose (1973)

La rose de fer (original title)
TV-MA | | Fantasy, Horror | 12 April 1973 (France)
A young couple out for a walk decide to take a stroll through a large cemetery. As darkness begins to fall they realize they can't find their way out, and soon their fears begin to overtake them.


Jean Rollin


Tristan Corbière (poem), Maurice Lemaître (dialogue) | 1 more credit »


Cast overview:
Françoise Pascal ... La femme
Hugues Quester ... L'homme (as Pierre Dupont)
Natalie Perrey Natalie Perrey ... La vieille femme au cimetière
Mireille Dargent ... Le Clown (as Dily D'Argent)
Michel Delesalle Michel Delesalle ... Le vampire
Jean Rollin ... Le rôdeur
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A young couple out for a walk decide to take a stroll through a large cemetery. As darkness begins to fall they realize they can't find their way out, and soon their fears begin to overtake them.

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Fantasy | Horror


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Amiens cemetery is the final resting place of Jules Verne. See more »


The Boy: [In the cemetery, looking at all the elaborate tombs] I don't care where they put me when I'm dead.
The Girl: Do you think the soul escapes from the body after death? Is there such a thing as the soul?
The Boy: I don't think there's anything left after physical death. And it's stupid to spend all that money on stiffs.
The Girl: Some do that out of love.
The Boy: Well, I prefer the love of life more than the love of death.
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Iron Rose
27 February 2008 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Iron Rose, The (1973)

*** (out of 4)

A man (Hugues Quester) and woman (Francoise Pascal) meet at a wedding reception and sneak off to talk where they agree to meet the next day for a bike ride. The two ride past a cemetery and decide to enter so that they can have sex in an underground tomb but when they come up it is now dark and they soon find themselves lost and unable to get out. This is considered by many to be the best film Rollin ever made and I might not disagree. The film has received a big cult following over the years and the strange thing is that it has been sold as a horror film but there's no horror anywhere in the film. This is certainly an art house film and a departure for Rollin as there are no vampires, zombies, lesbians, gore and even the sex is tame and there's only one sequence of nudity. The film runs 75-minutes and not too much happens in that time. The two just walk around trying to find their way out while their minds start to be filled with paranoia. The film is very slow paced like every other Rollin film but this works in the films favor. The cinematography is terrific and they used a real cemetery to shoot in, which adds great atmosphere. I think the final eight minutes could have been edited down but this is certainly a surreal little gem.

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Release Date:

12 April 1973 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

The Iron Rose See more »

Filming Locations:

Amiens, Somme, France

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1.78 : 1
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