The Rape of the Vampire (1968)
aka Le Viol du Vampire
Genre: Horror | Erotic | Surreal
Country: France | Director: Jean Rollin
Language: French | Subtitles: English (Optional, embedded in mkv file)
Aspect ratio: Widescreen 1.66:1 |Length: 97mn
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This low budget first film from director Jean Rollin is in reality two very loosely-connected, surreally erotic shorts about vampirism. In the first, three Parisians including a psychoanalyst try to convince four neurotic sisters living in a decaying country chateau that their belief that they are 200 year old vampires is false. The alluring young women are influenced and controlled by a enigmatic disembodied voice which turns out to be the an aging, aristocratic lord of the manor, whose motives are unclear but clearly perverse. Local rustics unite to hunt down and kill the sanguine siblings. In the second, the Queen of the Vampires and her acolytes arrive on the scene, resurrect the dead, and promulgate the cause of the Undead while a medical researcher works to find an antidote to vampirism.
An original, surreal and disturbing film that illustrates better than another movie Rollin’s peculiar conception of cinema:a mixture of Gothic horror tale’s imaginary , politic surrealism, dark romanticism, pulp comic book aesthetic and camera experimentalism. The film is conceived as a collage of images,inspired by the work of his favourite painter, Clovis Trouille, solution that allows him to blend much of the references of his ambiguous imaginary: the dreamy and dark romanticism poetry of Tristan Corbiere ,the sexy shocker surrealism of Georges Bataille, the thought-provoking and political cinema of Luis Buñuel, the pulp and bizarre style of Gaston Leroux and the poetic realism of Jacques Prevert.A non-narrative vampire tale: half romantic, half conceptual and totally experimental.