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Fascination

1979

Fascination
 

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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. Silly man.

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. Not recommended.

Details:

  • Director: Jean Rollin
  • Encoding: All Regions
  • Format: Color, Widescreen
  • Rated: NR
  • Studio: Image Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: September 21, 1999

DVD Features:

  • Theatrical trailer(s)
  • Widescreen letterbox format

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The Vampyreverse 10 January 2016 Copyright Andrew Heenan Privacy