The Iron Rose [Blu-ray]
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BONUS FEATURES: Introduction by Jean Rollin (5 min), 2 French Theatrical Trailers, 2 English Theatrical Trailers, Trailers for Fascination, Lips of Blood, Shiver of the Vampires & The Nude Vampire. Interview with Natalie Perrey (9 min), Interview with Francoise Pascal (15 min) and more! Languages include English Dubbed + French with optional English Subtitles.
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There's more to THE IRON ROSE than that, but not much more in terms of plot. It literally is a night in the cemetery. Director, Rollin does an admirable job of infusing the surroundings with a somber dread as we share what feels like a real-time descent into dusk and the overwhelming spell cast by the iron crosses, crumbling statues, and overgrown maze of tombs in which the lovers are trapped. Indeed, to enjoy this film you pretty much have to share Rollin's fascination for the morbid aesthetics of the authentic cemetery in which he filmed.
I'm not a huge Rollin fan but I liked THE IRON ROSE quite a bit. It would be more than fair to say it's not for everyone. It's certainly not "horror" in the conventional sense. Rather, it's an artsy, grim bit of romantic poetry that chooses death over love as its inspiration. Sound pretentious? Well, it is, but it also just kind of worked for me.
This new HD transfer is a great improvement over the previous DVD. The image is more nuanced than before, and gives the film a more natural looking nighttime appearance.
It's a fairly simple story of a young couple who get locked in a cemetary at night, and the rapid disintegration of their relationship and sanity. The girl (neither character is given a name in the film) is affected the most, as she begins to embrace the death and decay surrounding them, to the point of even talking to corpses beneath their feet. In the wrong hands, such scenes might have decended into camp, but Rollin gets a bravura performance out of Francoise Pascal. She takes the girl from kittenish flirt to screaming lunatic in a matter of minutes.
As with most any foreign "art" film, one can look for something beneath the surface if one enjoys that type of celluloid psychoanalysis. The girl, for example, may be taking on her shocking new hobby out of disappointment in her would-be lover (who unfortunately resembles the French love child of Rob Lowe and Eric McCormack). If that sounds far-fetched, consider this exchange early in the film: As the pair settle in for a picnic beside a tombstone, the boy accidentally knocks over an iron cross marker.Read more ›
Made in 1973 by the late Jean Rollin, he of many a soft core lesbian vampire flick, here delivers an artful work of atmosphere and dread. Based on a poem by the French poet Tristan Coliere, this simple story follows two young lovers, not even name in the film, who find themselves locked into a cemetery over night. A frightful thought for sure, but it's in how the characters react to their situation and surroundings that make for an interesting and unsettling film. The ending is both tragic and poetic, maybe a little pretentious. The film does drag a little towards the end, and at just over 80 minutes it does feel a little padded.
Still, this is an interesting work, one of the best by Rollin, who had a real flair for art in horror, but was bogged down by his exorbitant interest in naked vampires and sex scenes, though, they too were very well filmed. I saw this first on Turner Classic Movies' TCM Underground, where I first expected this too be an unusual fit for the well respected cable network, I found that this fit in quiet nicely with their classy programming. I'm not fully sure what audience will react best to this unqiue film, but adventures horror fans and European art fans should have common ground with this rare gem.
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The primary question I am left with has nothing to do with the ludicrous portrayal of love, the forced paradox of a sad clown in a cemetery, or the nonsensical poetry that, even... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Terrible, immoral, stupid, BORING flick with no acting talent and certainly no interesting story behind it. An unoriginal attempt to replicate Edgar Allen Poe's morbidity.Published 5 months ago by Wesley Gordon
It was real boring without much of a plot or acting. I assume they thought a little skin exposure would make up for a lack of talent and creativity.Published 10 months ago by P. Joyce
I really wanted to like this film. I'm a fan of Jean Rollin and this is one of the few I'd never seen. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Bill Carson
The statue at 53:27- this expresses how I felt about this movie.Published 19 months ago by JShackleford
I tried to watch the movie but it was almost impossible to figure out the story that the movie maker was trying to tell. Would not recommend it to anyone Don't waste your time.Published 21 months ago by Wildbillbilly
This one was refreshingly dark! Captures tha Poe/Lovecraft vibe that 70's~flix are able to pull off, seemingly without effort. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Bill A.
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