The Blood Rose (1969)
aka La Rose Ecorchée
Genre: Horror | Erotic
Country: France | Director: Claude Mulot
Language: French or English (2 separate Audio Tracks)
Subtitles: English (Optional, embedded in Mkv file)
Aspect ratio: Widescreen 1.66:1 | Length: 94mn
Bdrip H264 Mkv – 1196×720 – 24fps – 3.18gb
When his new bride’s face is hideously disfigured in a fire, Frederic Lansac, a famous society painter, is determinded to restore her beauty. He seeks out a notorious plastic surgeon who is on the run from the authorities. Using Lansac’s remore castle as a base, the two of the hunt down and imprison a series of young girls. Their skin is to be used in experiments aimed at restoring the face of Lansac’s wife.
THE BLOOD ROSE was widely touted as one of the first films to mix sex and horror. Its director went on to make some of the most famous French erotic movies of all time. here, with a cast of France’s most beautiful young actresses and genre veteran Howard Vernon (SEVEN WOMEN FOR SATAN, ALPHAVILLE), he weaves a dark and disturbing tale that is one of the most sought-after rarities for the Euro-horror fan!
An avowed homage to Eyes Without a Face, the film unquestionably creates its own atmosphere and goes in a very different direction from its more famous model. Mulot’s film has great cinematography, an interesting script construction and a very melancholic mood that marks it out from most low budget shockers of the period. Although not a costume piece as such, it is probably closer to the classic Mill of the Stone Women than to Franju’s film.
The acting and direction are of a uniformly high standard. Anny Duperey and Philip Lemaire impart real depth to their characterizations and it’s great to see Euro legend Howard Vernon once again. The film was sold as a mixture of sex and horror and the sex is provided by a bevy of stunning Euro babes including Valerie Boisgel and Michele Perello who went on to feature in Morgane et ses Nymphes before disappearing into the hinterlands of porn.