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Shiver of the Vampires [Blu-ray] (Bilingual)
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When a honeymooning couple visit the crumbling estate of the bride's ancestors, they discover her closet is filled with more than skeletons: a sinister lesbian vampire, a pair of nubile handmaidens, and two vampire hunters who have been recruited into the ranks of the undead.
BONUS FEATURES: Introduction by Jean Rollin (5 min), French Theatrical Trailer, English Theatrical Trailer, Interview with Jean Rollin by Dr. Patricia MacCormack (40 min), Trailers for Fascination, Lips of Blood, The Iron Rose & The Nude Vampire.
Jean Rollin's surreal and strange cult classic is a nutty mix of hippie vampires, lesbian seduction, and moonlight ceremonies in a graveyard bathed in red and blue light. A honeymooning couple stops at a crumbling castle to visit the oddball cousins of bride Isolde, who have supposedly just passed away but mysteriously show up for dinner. Decked out in hep Carnaby Street duds, they entertain their guests with tales of religious research and the worship of Isis, tossing the story back and forth like a game of verbal Ping-Pong. While the groom Antoine discovers their bloodsucking secret as they stake a recent victim in their cellar ("We must not pass on this terrible curse"), Isolde is seduced by a statuesque female vampire who steps out of a grandfather clock and into her bed, the first of many memorable entrances. Even more absurd than most of Rollin's low-budget horror fantasies, The Shiver of the Vampires is one of his most inventive productions, a gorgeously photographed, dreamy look into the erotic lure of vampirism set to a groovy instrumental progressive rock score. Like a skin flick for surrealists, the film is full of passages of naked women wordlessly wandering through the castle hallways and towers, and in true Rollin fashion he can't seem to decide if the gallant groom or the bloodsucking sensualists are the true heroes of this counter-culture vampire tale. The DVD features French and English trailers, a gallery of production stills, and a Rollin filmography. --Sean Axmaker --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The missing scenes invove a lesbian orgy after the wife is bitten, a heterosexual coupling, a weird rite where the comatose wife drinks a cup of blood (taken from a cut in a breast), and an almost out-of-place scene (that looks suspiciously like an insert) involving two girls being tortured in a dungeon.
Since Redemption claims to work from Rollin's originals, I wonder why these scenes are missing. Well, just one of those mysteries...
Still, despite this, this DVD is well worth owning. It remains one of Rollin's best works, along with Lips of Blood & Fascination.
This film has evidently been remastered but there are still many instances of dust showing. In the special features there is included a two minute introduction as well as a 39 minute interview with Jean Rollin. Also included is a 20 page booklet with an essay by Tim Lucas, editor of Video Watchdog.
However, this film definitely left me shivering, as my cold, lifeless body fell asleep on the couch and woke up several hours later with no blanket, wondering, "Did I actually fall asleep?"
And did I? YES.
The movie is a bore. From the opening scenes, it shows promise. Fairly decent music (though, truly more of an acid-jam band, rather than the fab 'progressive-rock' that is touted on the inside cover of the DVD) and a truly impressive transfer made it seem like a winner...But it just went downhill from there.
Little dialogue, little story, and little snippets of vampirotica make this one a dud. It hardly shines like the classic 'Vampyros Lesbos', and again, a great transfer alone does not a good movie make.
I will say this...If you are truly a collector of period pieces, and can stand the long, drawn out, obviousness of a movie going nowhere...well, then step up and shell out .....But, if you're truly into the 'real-deal'...seek out something else.
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I an overjoyed that after years of bad bootlegs, Redemption is releasing pristine copies of Jean Rollin's films. Read morePublished on June 14 2002 by Field 31
The first thing that struck me was the picture quality ..it stinks !! ..I really don't know what the fuss is all about with dvd.. Read morePublished on Feb. 22 2002
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