This is another gore-fest masquarading as a vampire movie; mild nudity masquarading
as art house.
While there is a certain amount of bloodsucking, it's women
of the leisure classes, rather than creatures of the night.
Set in 1905,
women with anemia are told to drink fresh ox blood. As the abattoir has no thick
carpets and soft furnishings, a group of these women create an annual ritual of
trapping a man to drink his blood. This is not officially revealed until near
the end, but as it's blinding obvious from scene two, I have no worries about
sharing this snippet with you.
This year's victim self selects; a thief
on the run from his gang, he enters the mansion to seek refuge until nightfall.
Their are brief scenes of mild lesbian sex, and a few scenes
of straight sex - neither have any more erotic charm than a cup of tea, but they
did earn the movie an "Adults Only" label.
While only 78 minutes,
this film feels more like 3 hours; the acting is lame, direction absent, and cinematography
grindingly slow, with long, lingering symbolic shots of coffee tables, doors,
and our simpering hero. The movie is in French, with English subtitles - but that
is not a big problem.
The women were selected for their pulchritude ahead
of their acting, which is probably just as well.
A thin plot, a slow movie.
- Director: Jean Rollin
- Format: Color, Widescreen
- Rated: NR
- DVD Release Date: September 21, 1999
- Theatrical trailer(s)
- Widescreen letterbox format