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A good horror film should be fun and this one is just that
on March 20, 2012
Recently, I received a catalog which featured works by the late director Jean Rollin. I had not heard of Rollin before, but the films looked like they might be interesting. I read quite a few of the reviews on Amazon and decided to sample Fascination. I enjoyed it and soon, I was watching more Rollin films and was hooked. He does have a way with the genre and at his best, he knows two qualities that a good horror film should have. There should be a sense of fun, the sort you might also experience on a scary amusement park ride, and it can make you feel some empathy for the creatures involved. Think King Kong or The Bride of Frankenstein. The Shiver of the Vampires succeeds on these counts. It has campy fun with two foppish male vampires, a pair of rather odd bisexual young women who are their servants and the just-married cousin of the vampires who comes to visit them at their castle. The husband of the cousin has to put up with quite a bit as they are told her relatives are dead (and obviously, his bride is in no mood to consummate the marriage upon learning this news). Not only are the cousins alive and well (relatively speaking) but there is a female vampire named Isolde who is putting the moves on the wife and turning her into a vampire. The husband feels more frustrated as the story progresses (the romantic image aside, your spouse becoming a vampire is really going to mess up your marital life). Isle, the bride, and Isolde have a bizarre conversation one day while Isolde lies in her closed coffin, sounding a bit miffed at being disturbed. I will not spoil things by revealing how it all ends, but one does feel sympathy for the vampires and most viewers should enjoy how matters work out for the servants. I'm glad I discovered Rollin's work; it has a wonderfully quirky style. While I could argue that the first two Rollin films I saw, Fascination and The Iron Rose, are stronger in story, The Shiver of the Vampires' slight daftness gives it a quality that makes for a scary but fun night viewing.