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3.0 out of 5 stars Cheap 'n cheesy! June 15 2004
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 in impolite company with seeming aplomb 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 lesser efforts.
"Lips of Blood" introduces us to Frederic, an urbane French guy who looks a lot like a young Richard Wright from Pink Floyd. At a party overflowing with Eurotrash, a small poster depicting a heap of ruins out in the countryside happens to catch his attention. As he stares at the picture, he flashes back to an unusual experience he had at the age of twelve.
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4.0 out of 5 stars kissed by the lips of a blood-drinker Nov. 24 2003
lips of blood is a decent film by jena rollin but still not his best. like a lot of eurotrash directors, they can make some really outstanding work but there will be some which are not quite as good too. i will give this one four stars because there are certain aspects of this film which stay with you for literally days such as the mysterious woman in white & her meeting with the young boy in his formative years. i also liked the idea that the boy grows up only to remember his one encounter with the girl at such a formative age & desperately seeks to find the ruins again in hopes of being reunited with her. in addition to that, i loved the idea he is willing to risk his own life if it means he can only see this place of his childhood one last time. what almost spoils the film in my opinion are the goofy female vampires who roam the streets of france is scantily-clad but colorful drapery. i'm sorry but these females look way too goofy & i tried very hard not to laugh. unlike some rollin films, this one makes more sense to the average i'm sure & isn't quite as surrealistic perhaps but i wouldn't considered it to be his masterpiece. in fact, some of the slow-paced chase scenes after the first 30 or 40 minutes are a bit too lengthy & should've been cut. another thing i should mention is that this version contains very little sexual innuendo or nudity which is somewhat unusual considering this is a jean rollin after all. rumour has it this film was later filled with erotic or perhaps graphic sexual images only to be released under the name "suck me vampire". maybe we should all seek out this version of the film or image dvd will release it later? the ending where where our hero is reunited with the mysterious, beautiful young girl in white is classical & should please viewers. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars "Vampirism is a terrible affliction"! Nov. 10 2001
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-The quote is from the film...
LIPS OF BLOOD (1974) is Jean Rollin's best film.
Like Jess Franco, Rollin is a flawed genius. In the films of these two unusual directors, we see infrequent flashes of brilliance mixed with mediocrity. In this particular film, the flashes of brilliance win out over the lesser powers.
The cinematography is very good. The haunting Paris night scenes (both in cemeteries and in dilapidated urban areas) are particularly effective.
Rollin's screenplay is also good: a strange admixture of a psychoanalytic probing into the lost memories of a rather pathetic and emotionally numb man (who lives with his mother) with the bizarre element of the secret of vampirism as it has impacted upon his early life.
There is an excellent segment of the film (reminiscent of NIGHT OF THE HUNTED) in which the rather disturbed mother has her son abducted and taken to a private mental hosptial for electroshock "therapy" rather than uncover his family's true history.
Interesting original score.
The DVD does not offer any extras (apart from a gallery of stills and a filmography of Rollin); this shortcoming is offset by the excellent transfer of the original print of the film. Very fine detail and rich colour.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Very Little Vampirism Jan. 23 2003
If it's fangs and lots of blood-drinking, this is not your film. Most of the vampirism is very understated... the vampire stalks a prey and turns back to camera to feed; that sort of thing. Be warned: the cover art is not taken from the film.
Levres de Sang/Lips of Blood...
A man recalls an experience as a boy at a castle when he meets a hauntingly beautiful woman. Somehow he's only reminded of this upon seeing a postcard of the castle. He then seeks to track it down, called on by visions of her. His mother tries to stop him, but he eventually is reunited with his pale ageless love.
Rollin later re-edited this film, inserted lots of hardcore porn, and re-released the X version under the title of "Suck me Vampire".
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