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Demoniacs (Unrated Extended Cut) [Blu-ray] (Version française)

 John Rico and Willy Braque Joëlle Coeur    Unrated   Blu-ray
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A group of shipwrecked sailors brutally rape two young women who accidentally stumble across them. After the women escape, they ultimately make a deal with the devil in exchange for the power to exact their bloody revenge.

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Jean Rollin's surreal pirate film takes place on land amidst the skeletons of beached and plundered ships, the legacy of a cutthroat band of "wreckers" who lure ships into the shallows. When a pair of survivors, young girls glowing in white nightgowns, wander through the shallows seeking help from the merry quartet, they are summarily molested, beaten, and left for dead. Like in many of Rollin's films, the story doesn't make much narrative sense--the girls escape to the haunted ruins where a woman in clown makeup cares for them and a mysterious magician gives them the power to take their revenge in return for sex--but the logic takes on a dreamlike quality appropriate to the gorgeous and bizarre imagery. In a strange tavern adorned with skeletons (and a man playing with a Dracula doll!), the Captain is haunted by visions of the girls as white-faced specters. A search for the girls amidst the rotting hulls of old ships culminates in a fiery inferno that burns spectacularly against the night sky. Meanwhile well-endowed costar Joëlle Coeur strips at the slightest suggestion, frolics and bounces on a bed, and runs around the beach topless while hunting the girls. Rollin's strange little film, a ghost story without ghosts, rambles on a little too long before it culminates in a self-destructive frenzy and ends on a sad, serene note. --Sean Axmaker --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars rollin's expressionistic piece Nov. 24 2003
Format:DVD
considered to have been of rollin's most expressionistic pieces of work, the demoniacs is not my favorite film by far although it does bost some great surreal images. there is very little gore here but a great deal of rape & sexuality. one would think rollin was merely making a film which depicts the inumanities we inflict on each other everyday & that itself is a hideous notion. throughout the course of 80 some odd minutes, we see pirates rape & terrorize two beautiful yet innocent shipwrecked girls only to leave them to their horrible fate. after the girls are supposedly killed or have drifted to the next realm, we see them walking towards some ruins & an old chapel. they are enticed by a orange-haired clown who leads them to what we'll conceive to be an evil influence who will extract from them their purity & give them his ultimate powers of darkness. ok, so maybe this is just my interpretation. the images here are somewhat dreamy & erotic as we see two females engaged in sexual activity with this dak-haired demonic man. unfortunately, we never truly see the young girls get their true revenge but everyone dies in the end much like a shakespearian tragedy. depressing, huh? in the end, one of the pirates admits that the girls are innocent & his only hope is to save them but it's too late. this film would serve well as a statement of morality but it will suffer because the story takes entirely too long to unravel. most viewers aren't patient enough to sit through this slow-paced film & won't care to read too deeply into this film. having said all this, i love jean rollin so i can appreciate the demoniacs although it is far from being his best work in my opinion. for a better introduction to rollin, you may wish to try night of the hunted or the living dead girl which seem to be classic rollin favs.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Original horror from Rollin. Oct. 14 2001
By A Customer
Format:DVD
I have just discovered Jean Rollin and so far have been very impressed. Demoniacs is visually stunning thanks to a great transfer. The movie does move at a slow pace and there really isn't much gore, but the patient horror fan should be pleased. There is a very original approach to the subject matter and interesting settings and visuals. It is almost hard to decribe why I like Rollin's pictures. They just sorta speak for themselves. I recommend this as well as Living Dead Girl, and Night of the Hunted. Try to avoid Zombie Lake.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars rollin goes average Nov. 3 1999
By A Customer
Format:DVD
This is my fourth Rollin film I see and it's not the best I've seen so far. But it has some moments of surreal poetry that is Rollin trademark.Gorehounds should stay away but die hard Rollin fans should pick this up.
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Waste of money June 22 2002
Format:DVD
This movie ...[is] brutal, misogynistic, and while I don't mind a few naked babes from time to time, that annoying pirate who constantly bares her breasts is THE most annoying actress of all time.
I also hate the fact that the two dolts (shipwrecked girls) never even GET their revenge but scream helplessly and actually PUT themselves in danger by running INTO danger.
Stupid. Just stupid.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Surreal French Horror Tale, As Seen Through Jean Rollin's Eyes... May 11 2010
By 4-Legged Defender - Published on Amazon.com
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Jean Rollin makes movies that perplex 'movie viewers' - his films are always poetically surreal, hypnotic, absorbing, enchanting and hallucinatory, and almost never have a coherent storyline. This frustrates and alienates a good deal of viewers, while attracting others. His flix are about dream-like imagery unfolding, cascading in waves, nightmarish and bizarre. He's done away with the notion of a narrative or a linear storyline in favor of the visuals allowing the viewer to interpret as the viewer sees fit. But it's not traditional horror. Highly unconventional, I understand why most people don't enjoy his movies as well as why others are attracted to them. I've seen almost all of his flix and find something worthwhile in most of them while my wife hates them. Different strokes...

The other reviewer is too harsh on this film, expecting gore and nudity to suffice as entertainment. Don't get me wrong, I love exploitation in all its forms, but am one of the few who enjoys an Art House flick as well, and if we can incorporate both in one film, I'm in heaven, while most of my exploitation brethren are bitchin' and moanin'. There's enough nudity to keep most interested, especially the scene where the female leader of the vulgar ship wreckers masturbates on the beach while watching her cruel and sadistic followers brutally rape and kill two girls who re-emerge later on as spectres after making a pact with the devil. Have I got your attention yet?
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Oh the humanity! Aug. 25 2004
By Jeffrey Leach - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
Jean Rollin is a name instantly recognizable to hardcore horror fans, yet meaningless to nearly everyone else. This ignorance is quite unfortunate because the French director concocted some of the sleaziest, most unusual films ever made during the 1970s and 1980s, films usually imbued with a disturbing mix of hypereroticism and bloody violence. I have often tossed Rollin's name around with aplomb in impolite company even though I had never seen even one of the man's films. You read enough plot synopses about someone and you start to feel as though you know every intimate detail about their work. What I did hear from others about this director oftentimes did not bode well. He is apparently well versed in schlock filmmaking, which in and of itself is not a problem with me, a true lover of bad cinema, but several of his films continue to draw raves from a selected minority of genre fans. Well, I finally sat down with a Jean Rollin film, his 1979 effort "Fascination," and was pleasantly surprised with the results. As I viewed the film with a growing sense of intrigue, I began mentally composing a list of other films from this director that I should watch in the near future. After watching the phenomenal "Living Dead Girl," I finally stumbled over one of the man's turkeys. It's called "The Demoniacs."

A cheesy introduction aimed at setting the background of the film introduces us to a crew of bloodthirsty pirates called Wreckers. Why the nickname? Because these dolts scavenge for treasure amongst ships washed up on the shore. This particular band of cutthroats is led by The Captain (John Rico), a sweaty buffoon who looks like he's trying to do an impression of Marty Feldman all the time. The Captain, the voice over tells us, is a ruthless leader suffering under frequent visitations from the ghosts of his myriad victims. Another crewmember is Bosco (Willy Baque), a wiry, laughable looking thug with a nasty temper. My favorite member of this comedy troupe...er, pirate gang is Tina (Joelle Coeur), a gorgeous brunette who shucks her clothes at the drop of a hat when she isn't ordering an innocent person's execution. The final member of the Wreckers is a guy whose name I forget but who looks like Mike Nesmith from The Monkees. These criminals are quite terrifying if you can stop laughing long enough. In fact, if this is the best France can offer up in the pirate department, it's no wonder their military forces lost every important war in the last two hundred years.

The biggest problem with "The Demoniacs" is that nothing of interest ever happens. Sure, you've got the Wreckers out plundering when they chance upon a pair of survivors in the form of two blonde girls in white shrifts. And you've got the Wreckers throwing the two gals around and generally acting rude. Then we see the gang in a local bar, where The Captain lurches around in one of his "I see dead people" shticks. There's also a lady at the bar whose psychic abilities often find her issuing cryptic observations to anyone who will listen. But it's just enough to raise the pulse. Then the movie shifts focus. "Ahhh," I think, "Jean Rollin will finally deliver the goods!" Yeah, right. Instead, he has the two girls discover a deserted island with some ancient ruins staffed by a girl dressed as a clown (!), a Rasputin look-alike with none of the charm of the original (!!), and what can only be Satan with a '70s bouffant wearing tacky clothing (!!!). The two young victims strike some deal with the devil that results in them receiving his powers for an evening so they can seek revenge against the Wreckers. This subsequent revenge is about as interesting as watching a coat of paint dry, laying down a second coat, and then watching that one dry as well. Jean Rollin, why hast thou forsaken me?

I suspect Jean Rollin was attempting to make a horror picture that would make the audience think, and it did--it made me think about how much I wanted to get away from the television screen! I'm almost certain the clown, the Rasputin wannabe, and Satan carried some symbolic importance, some message Rollin wished to get across to the audience, but I couldn't care less what that message is. Even the director's usual indulgences--specifically, a huge amount of nudity--failed to rescue this film from the depths of banality. The worst mistake Rollin made was leaving out the gore. I could deal a lot better with the wooden acting, the laughable dialogue, the cheesy set pieces, and the lame chase scenes if I knew I would see some sauce once in awhile. Alas, such is not to be. A guy dropping a bottle on his head? A few gunshots? Nope, not nearly exciting enough to warrant watching the picture.

The best thing about "The Demoniacs," sad to say, is the Redemption DVD intro tape at the beginning of the film. If you've seen a Redemption disc before, at least one in the Jean Rollin Collection, you know what I'm talking about. As for this disc in particular, extras include the requisite Rollin filmography, a trailer, and several different types of publicity stills. The picture transfer is excellent. While I haven't even begun to scratch the surface of Rollin's copious film history, "The Demoniacs" is the worst one I have seen, a film truly deserving of a one star review. What a disappointment after watching "Fascination," "Living Dead Girl," and to a lesser extent "Lips of Blood." I'll continue onward with my Rollin expeditions, but I hope the next few entries are vastly superior to this dead end.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Yo Ho Ho and a Bottle of Rollin May 23 2010
By William Amazzini - Published on Amazon.com
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If you are looking for a different type of Pirate movie including vengeful ghosts and a touch of satanic ritual thrown in, then this is for you. Rollin approaches another genre and fills it with his artistic flourishes and stunning imagery. Again, Redemption's print is a cut above the Image Entertainment release. No sword duels or scenes of derring do in this outing, instead Rollin paces the film like a pressure cooker billowing out his sordid tale of revenge in slow jarring jolts. Recommended.
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Original horror from Rollin. Oct. 14 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
I have just discovered Jean Rollin and so far have been very impressed. Demoniacs is visually stunning thanks to a great transfer. The movie does move at a slow pace and there really isn't much gore, but the patient horror fan should be pleased. There is a very original approach to the subject matter and interesting settings and visuals. It is almost hard to decribe why I like Rollin's pictures. They just sorta speak for themselves. I recommend this as well as Living Dead Girl, and Night of the Hunted. Try to avoid Zombie Lake.
10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars rollin goes average Nov. 3 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
This is my fourth Rollin film I see and it's not the best I've seen so far. But it has some moments of surreal poetry that is Rollin trademark.Gorehounds should stay away but die hard Rollin fans should pick this up.
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