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Rape of the Vampire [Blu-ray] (Version française)

 Bernard Letrou and Ariane Sapriel Solange Pradel    Unrated   Blu-ray
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In Jean Rollin’s sexy and gothic debut film, four beautiful French women, who are led to believe that they are vampires, are being held up in a seaside chateau. One by one, they are meticulously murdered by the nervous and unsure townsfolk… until they are resurrected from the dead and joined by “The Queen of the Vampires”. Part of a trilogy that also includes Requiem for a Vampire and Shiver of the Vampires.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Confusing Jan. 7 2003
Format:DVD
Nobody buys a Jean Rollin film for the plot. Sit back and be boggled by visual delights, or disturbed by them.
This film is set in two parts and begins with four sisters who believe themselves to be vampires, and some ends up being one.
I can't explain much because, I have to admit, I didn't understand much of this film. But it looks good.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Um.....What? May 24 2004
Format:DVD
I decided to give Rape of the Vampire a spin, because I love the old B&W horror movies: Dracula, Frankenstein, Christopher Lee, Vincent Price, Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, Lon Chaney,etc.
I also love cheesy horror flicks, both old and new.
But Rape of the Vampire falls into neither classic, nor artistic, nor cheesy-good. It is simply horrible.
In high school, we made a film called Captain Ecology, which could possibly rival this film on editing and plot and acting. Just count your lucky stars that it will never show up for sale anywhere. Feel disappointed? Then go ahead and pick up this piece of ripened cheese.
Filmed originally in 1968 as a short, this French film was literally booed at its opening. Quite risqué for its time, there was plenty of blood and nudity, and perhaps fans of the genre weren't ready for such bold entertainment; or perhaps they knew a bad movie when they saw it. Today, it will seem tame, but it still has the capacity to bore you to tears.
Filmed entirely in B&W and subtitled in English, the story is irritatingly (I'm sure it was meant to be artistic) interspersed with random flashes of inconsequential scenes, and the editing is jerky and poorly done even by high school standards.
The Plot? Well, if you can call it a plot, a group of four women wander about in diaphanous, sheer dresses, believing that they are vampires. After they all die in the first half, they are miraculously brought back to life for the second half, in which another vampire lady joins them and they finally grow teeth. That's about it. Oh, and there is some naked frolicking in the surf.
Rape of the Vampire isn't even Campy, it's just plain bad. If you want blood, buy a bloody movie. If you want nudity, buy a Playboy DVD. If you want artisitic, buy an art film that won an award somewhere. But stay away from this flick at all costs, unless you are truly a drooling Rollin fanatic.
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5.0 out of 5 stars it's great, it's boring, it's sorta [racy] Oct. 9 2003
Format:DVD
not too rapey, pretty vampirey, pretty boring in a good way. this had great music, and some really beautiful shots, i have to say i do prefer color, and i wish there were trailers for similar films on these releases, but it's a five star for any 60-70s foreign vampire...lovers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great film! Feb. 28 2002
Format:DVD
One of Rollin's earliest, and best. Very sureal. A must for all Rollin fan's.
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Amazon.com: 3.4 out of 5 stars  7 reviews
13 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A romantic experimental film Sept. 15 2004
By Salvador Fortuny Miró - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
An original, subversive and boldness film that talks better than any other of Rollin's movies about his peculiar conception of cinema:a mixture of gothic horror imaginary, politic surrealism, dark romanticism and pulp sexy comic book aesthetic, and supported in camera experimentation and improvised performances . The film is conceived as a collage of images, following the estructure of his favourite painter, Clovis Trouille, solution that allows him to blends much of the referents that conform his ambiguous imagination joining with talent Gothic and romantic tradition with avant-garde concepts and experimentation . This is :the oniric poetry of Tristan Corbiere, the sexy shocker surrealism of Georges Bataille, the provocative and anticlerical cinema of Luis Bunuel, the bizarro and pulp melodrama style of Gaston Leroux and the poetic realism of Jacques Prevert.The picture is shown as a film in two parts,working the closing credits of the first one as an inflexion or keyhole to a surreal vampire tale . An amoral,ludic and non-narrative vampire's picture, half romantic, half conceptual and totally experimental.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars ILHM Reviews The Rape of the Vampire Feb. 1 2013
By Carl Manes - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Blu-ray
A trio of psychoanalysts set off to disprove the legend of the four vampire sisters, only to find that they were gravely mistaken when they encounter the girls living in a dilapidated mansion. None survive when the villagers return to kill them all, but each of the slain characters are revived in the second-half when the Queen of the Vampires returns to experiment on the four girls. Thus begins the career of France's most notorious Horror director, Jean Rollin. Rollin's first feature film dives right in to the surreal and unexplained world of dreamy mysticism for which the director has always been known. Unbound by linear structure, THE RAPE OF THE VAMPIRE blends Rollin's existentialist cinematic approach with High Gothic imagery, sexual fetishism, and the Avante Guard. For all the oppressive atmosphere and skilled cinematography, however, THE RAPE OF THE VAMPIRE simply lacks character and plot cohesion, leaving the audience guessing as to who or what is going on at all times. The stark editing techniques and rather poor acting can be explained away as being chic and independent, but as a result, the film is only likely to appeal to the eccentric Horror viewer.

-Carl Manes
I Like Horror Movies
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Rollin - Rape of the Vampire Sept. 15 2012
By R. Larson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
I became interested in Rollin after reading and article about his work in the NY Times:
[...]
Many of them are very good -- Fascination Fascination [Blu-ray] has been described as the Rollin film to see if you're just seeing one. Rape of the Vampire, which started out as a short and then was lengthened, and I think was his first full-length film, is probably his weakest film. It's of interest if you want to see all of Rollin's work.
6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars it's great, it's boring, it's sorta [racy] Oct. 9 2003
By "flotationcarlos" - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
not too rapey, pretty vampirey, pretty boring in a good way. this had great music, and some really beautiful shots, i have to say i do prefer color, and i wish there were trailers for similar films on these releases, but it's a five star for any 60-70s foreign vampire...lovers.
8 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Confusing Jan. 7 2003
By lecudedag - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Nobody buys a Jean Rollin film for the plot. Sit back and be boggled by visual delights, or disturbed by them.
This film is set in two parts and begins with four sisters who believe themselves to be vampires, and some ends up being one.
I can't explain much because, I have to admit, I didn't understand much of this film. But it looks good.
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