Topic: Jean Rollin

I am relatively new to his films. I've seen Grapes of Wrath and Night of the Hunted and loved both. I've also been on a bit of a vampire kick and he has a rather prolific catalogue of vampire movies. What are his best flicks?

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Oh thanks for the heads up in Random bro.

Ok, I think I've seen ALL of his except 3, yes a check on IMDb proves I'm right... Haven't seen his 3 from 2002, 2007 and 2010 but I'm getting them now so... Yup GROUPIE FAN!!! Hahaha

BEST for me are:

RAPE OF THE VAMPIRE [1968]
A VIRGIN AMONG THE LIVING DEAD [1973]
SUCK ME VAMPIRE [1976]
NIGHT OF THE HAUNTED [1980]
THE RUNAWAYS [1981]

All as good as the others but Rape Vamp is my top.
Amazing cinematography that fangs itself right in your brain forever.

He's on my top Horror Dir. ever list and been a while. smile

Last edited by kXnPunk (2014-01-09 01:04:17)

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Theli wrote:

I've seen Grapes of Wrath and Night of the Hunted and loved both.

Those are his two strongest films, imho. I also love Rollin's Zombie Lake, but that trashfest's in a league of its own. Rollin himself wasn't that fond of it.

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Cummon man. I'm an huge cheese on toast trash aficionado but even I draw the line at Zombie Lake! big_smile

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I have checked a few more since then, Fascination and Iron Rose, both were just as good as Night of the Hunted or Grapes of Death. So far so good.

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About to rewatch Fascination now. It left a very nice memory in my mind so I bet it's gonna be another fun one. Been too long I didn't see it.

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I'm sure you will dig it as much as the last time. A truly beautiful movie.

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Oh man, did, totally. Like it even more than the first time which is always the case with any movies. Superb once more. smile

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Glad to hear it! And I liked Two Orphan Vampires as much as any of his films, it hardly felt like time had passed at all. Fantastic.

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Yeah that's truely freaking me out how much his films don't age at all. Woah, it's all I'll say. big_smile

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kXnPunk wrote:

Oh thanks for the heads up in Random bro.


BEST for me are:

RAPE OF THE VAMPIRE [1968]

Yeah, that film doesn't get talked about enough.
Amazing high-contrast monochrome universe filled with mad chases through the eerie, desolate lacotaions.

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Man yesyesyesyesyes. One of my best films EVER!!! smile

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Is that his only black & white film? He often has the strange chases or runs through eerie scenes, especially cemeteries. Hell, that's most of what Iron Rose is. You can tell he just loved his native land though.

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Think so yes. But yes mister Le Gentil loved his land and made us like it too. Well done because the way he shows it to us is absoluetely marvelous. smile

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That's for damn sure. I hardly felt much drive to visit France (at least no more than the rest of Europe, and I fucking LOVE Germany) until watching his films. It really makes me want to visit there. It has such a history of horror too; from Maurice Level and the Grand Guignol, too Georges Franju's Les Yeux Sans Visage, Jean Rollin, and New French Extremism.

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Yeah not only France is magnificent, first I've been there I was 2 then 6 for one year each time and another 4 years in 1993 and I love my ancestor's country. Best is TOULOUSE, Grenoble, the Alps and La Loire, of course, most beautiful castles are there, was liveng 15 minutes from this one, SWEEEEEET!!!

http://cloud.lomography.com/576/393/f6/8234de8d55aeaa670934bb059f30627ed32438.jpg

But yeah, Level, Fanju and man, most of the french Horror in history is just great. smile

Last edited by kXnPunk (2014-02-03 13:49:12)

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I'm not at all familiar with any of Jean Rollin's films, I'm afraid. Thanks for bringing him to attention. He does sound interesting, and I have a few of his movies on my Amazon DVD wishlist. Not sure when I'll pick up his stuff, but in the meantime, I'll check online for some free movies that are his.

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Start with Rape Of The Vampire then go with Iron Cross. My favorites.
Oh Nude Vamp is cool too but yes they are truely AMAZING films... smile

Last edited by kXnPunk (2014-02-03 14:43:45)

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I haven't watched his earliest efforts yet, but I am sure they are great. I think The Grapes of Death might be the most accessible, in the sense that it feels more like a traditional horror movie. His films are often quite dreamy, moody, and frequently have nudity or sex scenes (I believe he was the first person to have a hardcore sex scene in a non porno flick, I could be wrong). Night of the Hunted is a truly fantastic piece, very surreal and disturbing with an interesting message, but it's also very strange as far as pacing and imagery goes. Rollin was an Anarchist and you can often see it in his works.

You can't go wrong, at least I haven't so far. Zombie Lake is the only film of his that is generally maligned.

Last edited by Theli (2014-02-03 15:17:57)

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Lovely picture Punk! A very obvious and incredibly influential figure in horror (or at least dark fiction) and literature in general I forgot to mention; Victor Hugo, and also Gaston Leroux.

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HUGOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!
Best writer for me ever along with Lovercraft, like him more than Poe can you imagine??? lol

And saw Two Orphan Vampires 1997, Killing Car 1993 and his most recent made in 2010, Le masque de la Méduse and man, still the same crazy goodness. smile

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Yup Two Orphan Vampires was fantastic, I still The Fiancee of Dracula to watch as well, which I am sure will be good. I really want to see La Nuit des Horloges, it's supposed to be a really surreal tribute to a lot of his older films.

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Fiancee is great too. But yeah, Les Horloges is insane and brings you definitely back to his first days. A freaking mad crazy wonderful one it is.

Anyways man, I haven't seen ANY that left me unsatisfied and I've seen a terribly HUGE bunch of his stuff. lol

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Last edited by mathisvogel (2014-02-22 16:22:34)

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That's an eerie scene, what's it from?