Jean Rollin was a master at creating atmosphere – from Francoise Pascal’s dream to murder in The Iron Rose (1973) and the escape of the schoolgirl clowns in Requiem for a Vampire (1971), he put his, mostly female, leads through some very odd encounters and years on from viewing, that visceral feeling endures.
Of course, sometimes budget sometimes gets in the way of ambition and this is in evidence right from the opening moments of this film when people gather in laboratory wearing strange masks that somehow fail to menace… But, he was still learning his trade when this was made and, a certain rawness aside; it achieves much of what the above films do.
|NHS cuts really take hold as Trust runs out of gowns...|
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|Pierre meets the Woman|
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Cut to a nightclub in which three middle aged men watch an aggressive erotic dance from Ly Lestrong. The eldest, Voringe (Bernard Musson) looks nervous , the tallest, Fredor (Jean Aron) leers awkwardly whilst the man ion the centre, Georges Radamante (Maurice Lemaitre) enjoys every second without restraint.
|Catherine Castel, Olivier Rollin and Marie-Pierre Castel (I think...)|
|Pierre cofronts Georges|
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Georges’ society believes that the woman is a vampire and that she can lead them to the secret of immortality but she may be something more and far from alone.
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