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Grapes Of Death - Special Edition
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(May 20, 2008)
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The story is pretty straightforward: a girl is attacked by a zombie on a train, leaves the train, then roams the French countryside looking for people who can help her with the ever-increasing zombie problem. The Grapes of Death title refers to wine made from pesticide-laced grapes, which is responsible for turning people into the zombies. It's different than, say, your typical Romero or Fulci zombiefest in that the people turn into the living dead gradually. It'll be just a hand decaying at first, for example, and the FX showing this and the other gore scenes are pretty effective. The people are conscious of what is happening to them, which is pretty horrible considering what dead tissue must feel like. Don't expect the blood n' guts level of your typical zombie flick though, this movie works because of the atmosphere, realism, and, of course, Rollin's use of beautiful French women.
I would say that if you are a huge fan of the Evil Dead series, Dead Alive, or other over-the-top violent gore films, Grapes of Death might be a little slow for your taste. But if you like low budget movies, arty French films, or just something different than a typical horror movie you might really enjoy it. It doesn't resort to cheap scare tactics at all, and the dialogue (subtitled) is pretty intelligently written.Read more ›
PLOT SPOILER: Near the end, Elizabeth is rescued by a couple of beer drinkers.
It appears the French copied the American zombie film formula but couldn't fully commit to having zombies or real rednecks.
3 stars for nudity sleaze (Mirella Rancelot, Patricia Cartier, Brigitte Lahaie- FF)
I watched the Special Edition which has a decent transfer. Mountain View Movies $2.99 The cover is Mirella Rancelot who plays a blind woman and is the only person in the film that walks like a zombie with her arms extended.
I bought it though and found it was a pretty darn good movie with some of the atmosphere i wanted from horror and the mysterious woman on the front cover added a great deal to my enjoyment of this film.
The zombies as such are more of a laid back version of 28 Days Later extreme (SUUUUURGE!) style minus hyper shaky cam. They are diseased, slowly rotting and insane. They definitely don't like living people and certainly have some intelligence, but do not eat their victims. The reasoning behind what they do and why is left unknown other than revealing "how" they became like this.
I enjoyed the characters, the creepy atmosphere created.and there are also some good effects here as well. I would recommend this movie rather highly to fans of zombie films or even Fulci fans. There are certainly some bizarre concepts brought to this movie and feel that it is a solid horror film.
Decent cinematography mixed, fantastic gore and atmosphere and the sterotypical Euro-trash nudity make this Rollin film stand out from the rest of his catalog. Their is an unforgettable graphic scene of a woman being nailed to a door, then decapitated while screaming, that will surely stick with you. Very bleak and ambiguous ending. If you have seen Dawn, Day, Night and Zombi 2, you will really enjoy this.8 out of 10
"Grapes of Death" is one of the better Jean Rollin films I've seen, however, probably because the gore approaches the levels seen in "Living Dead Girl." The movie tells the story of the unlucky Elizabeth (Marie-Georges Pascal) and her nightmarish attempts to discover what happened to the residents of Roubelais, a small village out in the sticks renown for its vineyards. Viewers have a pretty good idea what happened right from the start when we see a bunch of scrappy looking French dudes wandering around in the fields spraying some chemical on the grapes.Read more ›
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I watched this movie with patience. I didn't enjoy it as to the plot and actress performance.Published 1 month ago by Charming
Boring, stupid, and a half-hearted copy of the zombie-type films from the Hollywood of the 70's. If you are into these old nostalgic films, avoid this one, unless you're looking... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Coach Paul