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Fascination (1979)

Brigitte Lahaie , Franca Mai , Jean Rollin  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Brigitte Lahaie, Franca Mai
  • Directors: Jean Rollin
  • Format: 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: Unrated
  • Studio: Redemption Films
  • DVD Release Date: October 28, 2008
  • Run Time: 80 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001D5C1M6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #413,541 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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This is cult director Jean Rollin at his best; visual delights, sensual lesbian lovemaking, the beautiful Brigitte Lahaie as a scythe-wielding avenger and a group of castle-dwelling bourgeois blood-drinkers. Two woman chosen by the group must find a man that they must slaughter and communally consume in a cannibalistic vampire feast.

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Eurosleaze classic January 26, 2004
Jean Rollin is a name instantly recognizable to hardcore horror genre fans, but meaningless to nearly everyone else. That is too bad because this French director concocted some of the sleaziest, most unusual films ever made during the 1970s and 1980s, films usually imbued with hypersexuality and bloody violence. I have often tossed Rollin's name around in impolite company with seeming aplomb 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.
"Fascination," set in rural France sometime in the early twentieth century, is a story about vampires. Initially, this plot did not interest me. Vampire films have been done to death over the years, and I rarely express any interest in this popular mainstream staple. I plunged ahead anyway. A gang of criminals roams the countryside, waylaying and robbing hapless travelers who happen to pass by. Simultaneously, at a nearby castle, a group of women who regularly drink blood in order to stay young plan a very special nocturnal gathering.
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One of, if not the best Rollin flick. Rollin films are either real good (Fascination, The Shiver of the Vampires) or real bad (Night of the Hunted, Requiem for a Vampire). This one is superb. It goes above and beyond his other films in almost every aspect: plot (comprehensive and fluid all the way through), character development, character dialogue (yes, even Brigitte Lahaie has more than 5 lines in this movie), the true horror element (definitely his scariest and eeriest film), and suspense.
The confrontation scene between the scythe wielding Lahaie and the female thief is very stylish and effective! In fact, Lahaie does very well in this movie, far above and beyond her awful turn in Night of the Hunted. I hated her in Night of the Hunted, loved her in this.
A couple of down notes though, about the DVD. The quality of the transfer is not very good, with marks and splotches flying by in several scenes. Also, this isn't the DVD makers fault, but the theatrical trailer has several scenes which were really not in the film. I mean they were all scenes that were in the flim, but they were shot differently for the trailer. It seems Rollin used different takes for the trailer. Weird.
Overall, the movie gets 5 stars, while the DVD quality would get only aobut 3 1/2.
This film is scarier, wittier, more suspenseful, more original and more entertaining than any horror film I've seen released in the past 10 years. They simply don't make them like they use to, and probably never will.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lesbian Blood Drinkers Rule January 17, 2000
Once again, the prolific french director, Jean Rollin, provides the bored horror film market with a true classic. Fascination is a bizarre foray into the twisted realm of two women who seek to entice unwary men into their devilish world of evil. As with all Rollin films, Fascsination is ripe with symbolism and grotesque imagery which puts most current horror films to shame. For those of us who have seen way too many horror films, Rollin's Fascination will renew our faith in the genrea-check it out.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinated with Rollin and Lahaie April 9, 2003
Director Jean Rollin and bodacious French actress Brigitte Lahaie have combined on a number of very special (if somewhat flawed) supernatural films. "Fascination" is probably the very best. A coven of beautiful vampire women, a criminal on the run, Lahaie in Grim Reaper's black carrying her giant scythe... all memorable elements in an etheral film that is more mesmerizingly compelling than narratively intact. Relax and enjoy as Rollin and Lahaie manipulate the images that will fascinate your mind.
This is the kind of horror film that incites more unsettling echoes later on as opposed to shocks upon initial viewing. In the end it is well worth watching.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascination April 20, 2012
If you live in the United States and its territories, it is very likely that the horror films that you recognize are those coming from Hollywood, namely the Universal Studios classics (Frankenstein, Dracula, etc) and everything that came much later, such as "Halloween," "Friday the 13th,"Saw," etc. If you happen to be open to other tendencies, maybe you know about the Hammer Horror films from England, where Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing made a distinguished career. But as technology evolves and communications are more open, more and more horror movies are coming to the United States from other countries, and they are not relegated to connoisseurs anymore. One of these foreign films is the spicy and intriguing "Fascination." Directed by Jean Rollin, "Fascination" is a classic in French horror films, one that has successfully been rescued from oblivion and is now available in glorious Blu-ray version.

The story takes place in 1905, and it opens in a slaughter house, where we meet some society ladies drinking ox blood, which was apparently used to cure anemia at the time. We then fast-forward and meet Mark (Jean-Marie Lemaire), an unscrupulous bandit that steals the loot from a robbery from his partners. They, of course, are not happy and go after him all the way to the forest. However, they have to stop, because Mark finds refuge in a castle, and they decide to wait for him outside - sooner or later he has to come out. Inside the castle, Mark meets two attractive young ladies, Elizabeth (Franca Mai) and Eva (Brigitte Lahaie), who don't offer much resistance. In fact, one of them tells Mark, "I offer you my virginity in return for my life." Of course, that's an offer that Mark can't refuse.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fascination is Fascinating!
Interesting movie, I speak French and found some of the references a bit strange but I loved it!
Published 1 month ago by Calvin
1.0 out of 5 stars boring.
slow, boring.
Published 2 months ago by james a migliozzi
3.0 out of 5 stars Very good movie, but it was cut so bad
Very good movie, but it was cut so bad, that it looks like any rated PG movies. So don't let Amazon fool you by writing it is unrated which means that it has the entire movie... Read more
Published 2 months ago by mido
2.0 out of 5 stars It is what it is.
Yeah, it is what it is. One star for main chick and one for nice castle. A lot of obvious holes in this flick but its not main problem. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Alexferdman
4.0 out of 5 stars If only people in the real world used dialog like they do in French...
If only people in the real world used dialog like they do in French vampire movies.... "Curiosity compels me to discover your secret"
Published 3 months ago by R. Beach
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprising Good!
Fascination is a much easier to take seriously than the average Jean Rollin film. It's a little bit Masterpiece Theatre, a little bit Russ Meyers (but not too much). Read more
Published 6 months ago by Bill A.
4.0 out of 5 stars Good flick
I was surprised that I liked this one. Generally I judge a film by its ability to hold my attention which this one did. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Michael Sear
4.0 out of 5 stars Not very scary - but very watchable
The film is about a lesbian blood cult who lure in victims - and that probably sounds a bit gor-y. But the film is really not scary or gory. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Gavin A Spencer
3.0 out of 5 stars Jean Rollins
I'm an admirer of Jean Rollins work, and this film is the one which to me best represents his style. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Bartok Kinski
1.0 out of 5 stars Not Fascinating
I just couldn't get into this one,didn;t finish movie,boring boring sorry, waste of time and not worth watching any more.
Published 11 months ago by R. S. Ebert
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