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Demoniacs

2.9 out of 5 stars 24 customer reviews

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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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  • 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.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    R
    Restricted
  • Studio: Redemption Films
  • DVD Release Date: January 27, 2009
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001HSAPX6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #271,491 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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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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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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By A Customer on 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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By A Customer on March 25, 2013
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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 ghostly rape-revenge film. Rollin's trademark imagery and moody atmosphere can still be found here though, so if you're in the mood for such, jump in.
The plot concerns a foursome of island-dwelling pirates who lure ships to destruction on the rocky coast of their home. Two young women who survive a wreck are raped and killed by the gang, their bodies left to the sea. But the girls return (or the spirits of the girls?) and wreak a fitting vengeance upon their killers - thanks to a pact with a devil. Mayhem, piratey surliness, copious nudity and female clowns (!) ensue. Avast, mateys!.
The Blu-ray looks good but not great, just like most of these Redemption/Kino Lorber releases. There's a little dirt, some print damage and occasional issues with hue and tone, but that's not too surprising considering the age and origin of the film. The audio has a slight but bearable hiss. Extras include a brief Rollin introduction, shipwreck footage outtakes, two overly-indulgent sex scenes, brief chats with long-time Rollin assistant Natalie Perrey and genre writer Jean-Pierre Bouyxou, as well as a Redemption trailer compile (eight trailers in total).
I admired Roliin for his ability to keep making movies under trying circumstances (i.e. without any money), and it is true that he had a signature style and something to say as a director. This one is a little left of centre - good enough but compromised by commercial requirements. In the main though, I feel that Rollin's horror films lacked depth. They were ethereal and moody, but not scary. Surrealistic meditations on beauty and oblivion, certainly - but the fright component was absent. Today, this movie seem like a weird incarnation from a forgotten age of euro-cult cinema. Something like a ghost, perhaps?
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