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Demoniacs (1974)

Lieva Lone , Patricia Hermenier , Jean Rollin  |  R |  DVD
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: Lieva Lone, Patricia Hermenier, John Rico, Willy Braque, Paul Bisciglia
  • Directors: Jean Rollin
  • Format: Anamorphic, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Redemption Films
  • DVD Release Date: January 27, 2009
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001HSAPX6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #402,510 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

Two young girls, the survivors of a ship-wreck, are raped and beaten by a band of pirate-like cut throats. Left for dead, the girls re-emerge and, sexually empowered by a supernatural being hidden in nearby ruins, seek their wrathful vengeance upon their predators.

Violently sexual and imbued with French surrealism, Rollin's film is not for the faint hearted!

Erotic yet elegiac, tragic and dreamy, Demoniacs is rightly upheld as a Rollin fan favorite.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
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Jean Rollin makes movies that perplex 'movie viewers' - his films are always poetically surreal, hypnotic, absorbing, enchanting and hallucinatory, and almost never have a coherent storyline. This frustrates and alienates a good deal of viewers, while attracting others. His flix are about dream-like imagery unfolding, cascading in waves, nightmarish and bizarre. He's done away with the notion of a narrative or a linear storyline in favor of the visuals allowing the viewer to interpret as the viewer sees fit. But it's not traditional horror. Highly unconventional, I understand why most people don't enjoy his movies as well as why others are attracted to them. I've seen almost all of his flix and find something worthwhile in most of them while my wife hates them. Different strokes...

The other reviewer is too harsh on this film, expecting gore and nudity to suffice as entertainment. Don't get me wrong, I love exploitation in all its forms, but am one of the few who enjoys an Art House flick as well, and if we can incorporate both in one film, I'm in heaven, while most of my exploitation brethren are bitchin' and moanin'. There's enough nudity to keep most interested, especially the scene where the female leader of the vulgar ship wreckers masturbates on the beach while watching her cruel and sadistic followers brutally rape and kill two girls who re-emerge later on as spectres after making a pact with the devil. Have I got your attention yet?
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Oh the humanity! August 25, 2004
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Jean Rollin is a name instantly recognizable to hardcore horror fans, yet meaningless to nearly everyone else. This ignorance is quite unfortunate because the French director concocted some of the sleaziest, most unusual films ever made during the 1970s and 1980s, films usually imbued with a disturbing mix of hypereroticism and bloody violence. I have often tossed Rollin's name around with aplomb in impolite company even though I had never seen even one of the man's films. You read enough plot synopses about someone and you start to feel as though you know every intimate detail about their work. What I did hear from others about this director oftentimes did not bode well. He is apparently well versed in schlock filmmaking, which in and of itself is not a problem with me, a true lover of bad cinema, but several of his films continue to draw raves from a selected minority of genre fans. Well, I finally sat down with a Jean Rollin film, his 1979 effort "Fascination," and was pleasantly surprised with the results. As I viewed the film with a growing sense of intrigue, I began mentally composing a list of other films from this director that I should watch in the near future. After watching the phenomenal "Living Dead Girl," I finally stumbled over one of the man's turkeys. It's called "The Demoniacs."

A cheesy introduction aimed at setting the background of the film introduces us to a crew of bloodthirsty pirates called Wreckers. Why the nickname? Because these dolts scavenge for treasure amongst ships washed up on the shore. This particular band of cutthroats is led by The Captain (John Rico), a sweaty buffoon who looks like he's trying to do an impression of Marty Feldman all the time.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Yo Ho Ho and a Bottle of Rollin May 23, 2010
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If you are looking for a different type of Pirate movie including vengeful ghosts and a touch of satanic ritual thrown in, then this is for you. Rollin approaches another genre and fills it with his artistic flourishes and stunning imagery. Again, Redemption's print is a cut above the Image Entertainment release. No sword duels or scenes of derring do in this outing, instead Rollin paces the film like a pressure cooker billowing out his sordid tale of revenge in slow jarring jolts. Recommended.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Original horror from Rollin. October 14, 2001
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I have just discovered Jean Rollin and so far have been very impressed. Demoniacs is visually stunning thanks to a great transfer. The movie does move at a slow pace and there really isn't much gore, but the patient horror fan should be pleased. There is a very original approach to the subject matter and interesting settings and visuals. It is almost hard to decribe why I like Rollin's pictures. They just sorta speak for themselves. I recommend this as well as Living Dead Girl, and Night of the Hunted. Try to avoid Zombie Lake.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars rollin goes average November 3, 1999
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This is my fourth Rollin film I see and it's not the best I've seen so far. But it has some moments of surreal poetry that is Rollin trademark.Gorehounds should stay away but die hard Rollin fans should pick this up.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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This is my favorite Jean Rollin film which is not to say he doesn't make a lot of crap. But this one SEEMS to make some sense despite the horrid acting. Joelle Coeur, who is frequently nude here, is worth the price of admission. If you get anything out of this film, then it will be interpreting the symbolism of Jean Rollin, which is not easy. There are no road maps to his films, but "chacun a son gout," as the French would say. My copy of this film is the British release on Region 2 (Salvation Group Ltd.) which plays just fine on my region-free DVD player in French with English subtitles. The new DVD and Blu-Ray editions due out on May 29, 2012 boast of being extended versions, but only add another 5 minutes to the 95 minute running time of previous releases. I will say I prefer Jean Rollin to Jess Franco (in general) as these two directors are similar. Miss Coeur is the star here, as Tina the pirate groupie, who has a taste for blood and violence mixed up with rape. Before you cower in fear, this is more art-house fare than horror, and the violence is obviously staged. As with most Rollin films, the blood appears to be quite phony, so hardcore horror fans will be disappointed. However, it's my belief that the current interest in vampire films is what is driving the film company to release this new version now. If you would like more reviews, take a look at the Internet Movie Data Base (IMDB) where it is reviewed under the title "Curse of the Living Dead" (1973). I rate it 4 stars out of 5. Without Joelle Coeur, I wouldn't bother rating it at all, but I would join her pirate band to have a go with her, LOL.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars YIKES
This film was garbage, plain and simple. It did not have the gore to make up for its weak story line. It did not have enough sex to make up for its lack of gore. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Bartok Kinski
3.0 out of 5 stars Ghost Galleon
This is a somewhat uncharacteristic Jean Rollin film, at least in terms of subject matter. There are no introspective vampires to be found here at all - this is essentially a... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Damien Shalley
5.0 out of 5 stars Demoniacs
Different and definitely an exploitation film of sorts. The reason I liked it is that the movie is not your typical horror film not made by your typical film maker.
Published 20 months ago by Baby_Moon
1.0 out of 5 stars not for me.
I received this pretty quick in the mail ..however, it was very disappointing. I did not like this movie at all, it just wasn't for me.
Published 24 months ago by peggyjoe
4.0 out of 5 stars Perhaps Rollin's scariest monster
I have been discovering the movies of Jean Rollin this year and enjoying his weird mix of horror, magnificent locations and sexuality. Read more
Published on March 28, 2012 by Robert Fisher
2.0 out of 5 stars YIKES
This film was garbage, plain and simple. It did not have the gore to make up for its weak story line. It did not have enough sex to make up for its lack of gore. Read more
Published on May 22, 2009 by Bartok Kinski
5.0 out of 5 stars So crappy its awesome!
Wow. I dont think i've ever seen a movie like this. Crappy acting, crappy story, crappy everything. The only way you can watch this movie is to watch it with a group of friends. Read more
Published on November 20, 2006 by A. Hartman
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