Re: Jean Rollin

azathoth wrote:

Yeah, I'm gonna have to agree with the Lonster on this one- great cinematographer, shitty scriptwriter and director.

I'm gonna so wedge in Zombie Lake in the next Movie Night, because I hate you all that much.  No, I mean love!  Yes, much love!  <snicker>

Not to me though. I dig his crazy stories. big_smile

But you do it on purpose no??? I just said it's the one I like the less and there you come up with it for Movie Nights. I'll pass... Twice was MORE than enough.

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After someone mentioned Living Dead Girl, it occurred to me that I definitely did have Rollin mixed up with Jess Franco and Joe D'Amato.  That's not to take back everything I said about him -- I do think he's a hugely sub-par filmmaker and like those other two, he's made his share of sleazy porn horror -- but LDG was a decent flick.

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Sub-par???

http://media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lnvhrjsWSh1qcr3i7.gif

Hahahahaha

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Eh, you know how it goes.  The horror genre is one rife with acquired tastes, and my palette simply never took to Rollin or his ilk.  Glad you love 'im, bro, but he's not for me. smile

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@LoudLon - I've only now seen three Jean Rollin flicks, but so far Living Dead Girl is my favorite.

Two Orphan Vampires (1997) - 7/10

Silly and cheesy as all hell, but still a really enjoyable movie. My biggest gripe with the film is that it runs on too long. The pace of the film falters and makes the movie seem a bit uneven. If it had been cut ten, maybe even fifteen minutes, it would have been just fine. That said, I had a good time with this one. The story is about two (yep, you guessed it!) vampire orphans who are blind and innocent by day, and who are full of vision and viscous blood-lust by night.

One silly scene in particular which made me laugh pretty hard: The two girls sort-of-but-not-really "bite down" on a dog in the cemetery, supposedly drinking its blood for their own vampiric nourishment. The camera shot shows the girls lowering their heads, then cuts to them raising their heads with blood dripping from their mouths. Then we see the dog lying on the ground....wherein one can clearly, obviously see it is still breathing just fine (as its stomach is moving up and down rhythmically), and yet its tongue is half-way hanging out of its mouth and the thing is supposed to be dead as a door nail. lol  You have to watch the scene for yourself to understand its hilarity, I guess.

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The Creature-Meter (Movie Rating Scale/System, for your reference)
10 (A+) 9.5 (A) 9 (A-) 8.5 (B+) 8 (B) 7.5 (B-) 7 (C+)
6.5 (C) 6 (C-) 5.5 (D+) 5 (D) 4.5 (D-)
4, 3, 2 = Fail!
1 = Pitiful, the worst, a disease of a movie, etc., etc

Last edited by The Creature (2014-02-26 01:40:57)

Re: Jean Rollin

Zombie Lake was a Franco flick that Rollin too k on short notice so the whole thing wouldn't fall apart when Franco didn't show up for shooting, didn't put his name on it either to disassociate himself with it.

As for Night of the Hunted it is very strange, the sex scene came out of no where, but know that it is a hardcore sex scene, and  an early in a non-porno (at least strictly speaking) films. That's something i didn't realize while watching it the first time. The scene felt intense and real, a little long admittedly, but it also felt touching and loving. Especially when compared to the cold and confusion of the black building. Then to see the characters ripped apart after so short a time, and the girl constantly losing her memory but trying to hold on, added even more weight to the sex scene. Most of his films aren't like that so far as I can tell. Lots of nudity, but often sporadic and not one long sex scene. A strange directing choice, but I think it worked.

I really need to see The Living Dead Girl. I guess I shoud make that Amazon order...

Last edited by Theli (2014-02-26 03:59:30)

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I remember the dog scene being silly, but i really did enjoy Two Orphan Vampires. It still had a dark dreamy atmosphere and the usual vampire fare of Rollin's films. I just watch Fiancee of Dracula, which was also good, but not quite as much as Two Orphan Vampires and some of his other flicks.

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^^ Interesting bit of an analysis on the lengthy sex scene in The Night of the Hunted, Theli. There is quite a contrast between that scene and the rest of the film. I really did enjoy Two Orphan Vampires, too....dark, dream atmosphere, yep. I also liked the whole idea of there being a significant handful of strange human-creature hybrids in the night, with the "two vampire orphan girls" being just a couple out of the bunch of night-time freaks. I think I read somewhere that the film is an adaption of Rollin's own novel? I'm curious as to how his books read...

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Yeah it's a novella. I think part of a series even, but so far as I know only Two Orphan Vampires was translated. The English translation was released by Nightshade books I believe.

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^^^
Couldn't find anything about the book...
H3LL not even on Goodreads... So it doesn't exist if it's not in there, I'm sure.

But yes, Orphan Vampires is on my top list of Rollin flicks...

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I take that as a challenge, I will acquire it and prove it's existence, lol

Last edited by Theli (2014-02-26 20:45:03)

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lol

Please do, I'm interested. big_smile

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Just watched "The Nude Vampire". To be honest, I was quite bored and unimpressed. hmm
Wasn't able to dial into it like his other films. Being that this is only his second directorial, low-budget effort, it's easy to forgive. The last ten minutes though, were particularly interesting.  4.5/10

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^still gotta see that one too. Haven't seen any of his first 4 yet.

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Seen it but it doesn't rate as high as the others...