Jean Rollin's films (maybe we should call them experiments/treatises in filmmaking, as few can be truly considered 'films') are captivating to some and heinous crimes comitted against the artform to others, and both camps are probably correct. His work in the late 60's was nothing more than interesting (to some) experiments at creating a feel and vibe of gothic imagery that is primarily devoid of narrative or plot. In the 70's, he started to hit a stride with a growing captive audience as his flicks got even more surreal, pseudo-psychedelic, and bizarre, where he created an obtuse and oblique alternate universe to standard filmmaking, thereby through default, engendering his own unique artform, much to the chagrin of 'serious' film lovers, who viewed his work as too vague and incoherent if not downright sacreligous. By the 80's, his work became incredibly spotty - 'Fascination', 'The Living Dead Girl' and 'Night of the Hunted' being his best output during this era, IMHO, and the remainder trashy and excessively low-budget attempts to reclaim past glories, if you consider his body of work anything glorious. I find something oddly compelling about most of his work, but my wife detests all of it, as do most of my friends who I've subjected to his world.
The only thing of interest he produced in the 90's was 'Dracula's Fiancé'/ 'Fiancé of Dracula' (it was released under both titles), upping the gore and blood quotient and freakishness considerably, with positive results, something he averted in earlier efforts.
'The Escapees' suffers from a lack of cohesiveness, rudimentary and detestable characters, an even more incoherent storyline, a deeper lack of narrative and preposterous actions by its principals than usual - the subtle, dreamlike surrealism that presided over earlier efforts is noticeably absent, the herky-jerky vagabond vaudeville characters seem an odd fit in this mix, and the two female leads are missing the glue to hold one's attention for any length of time. As a fan of most of Rollin's films, I found this one impossible to sit still through, and as soon as I finished it I sold it on Ebay along with 'Killing Car', another Rollin vehicle (no pun intended) that missed the mark completely. Seek out his 70's film's and those 80's flicks referenced above for something more indicative of his better efforts.