Shiver of the Vampires
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When a honeymooning couple visit the crumbling estate of the bride's ancestors, they discover her closet is filled with more than skeletons: a sinister lesbian vampire, a pair of nubile handmaidens, and two vampire hunters who have been recruited into the ranks of the undead.
BONUS FEATURES: Introduction by Jean Rollin (5 min), French Theatrical Trailer, English Theatrical Trailer, Interview with Jean Rollin by Dr. Patricia MacCormack (40 min), Trailers for Fascination, Lips of Blood, The Iron Rose & The Nude Vampire. Languages include English Dubbed + French with optional English Subtitles.
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I would probably not watch this again because a)I don't really watch movies and b)there is an implied rape scene towards the end of the film that really did not sit well with me. Nothing is explicit and the case could be made that she overpowered the other two vampires - the situation is never mentioned again - but I doubt it. It was the stain on an otherwise hilariously enjoyable film.
There are a lot of reviews talking about some bad acting but this movie is in French! I don't speak French and so I happily ignored any terrible acting that there may have been! I was actually stoked that it was in French so I wouldn't have to ignore terrible acting hahahaa. So if you like cheesy horror with the fakest blood you have ever seen, this might be for you, if you can ignore some creepy implied rape D:
French Subtitled - 1971
So incredibly euro in its homo-erotic sensualism and beautifully divine in its madness, I have no idea how this flick, let alone the director, has escaped me before last night!
Dripping in the musical acidity from a mind so brilliant, this French flick is rich in an austere realm of atmosphere and is as heavy on melodrama as it is on lack of actual verbal content.
Definitely a trip for the senses, we've got a beautiful virgin (who spends most of the film naked but is as incredibly delightful to look at in clothing), her handsome husband (brilliant guy though never sure if he is hallucinating or not), two very European, velvet pant wearing, artistically satanistic looking, previous vampire slayers who enjoy hamming it up and have been turned into bloodsuckers, themselves, by a nipple piercing (yes! she wears these pointed studs in her nipples that pierce other's nipples!) lesbian 'vamp of the ages' who loathes men ... and is eventually raped by the two former VanHelsings, above. We also have two nubile and young female servents, who run around in sheer, purple gossamer chiffon cape/dresses and a plethora of groupie-style clothing showing off their french-girl assets. They don't seem very bright but who really needs them to be?
Two young newlyweds show up at her cousin's castle on their way to their honeymoon in Italy. Upon their arrival, they found out that her cousins have died. They choose to stay in the castle overnight and while there, our young virgin heroine, so distraught that her cousins are dead, insists on not consumating her marriage that evening.
Enter Isolde - the lesbian vampire who looks like she smells every bit of the heroin wasted, decayed-rock magnificence that the early 70's could produce. She emerges from the inside of a grandfather clock that has struck midnight and lays down her cadaver-chic seduction charm all over Isle, the beautiful cousin-less virgin who, by the way, responds quite positively.
Later, our protaganists, Isle and Antoine, find out that the cousins; formerly famed Drac hunters now vamps; are seeking to turn their only living family member into one as well, in an effort to *what I could deduce in this mind-blowing haze of a film* produce vampire offsprings ... or to just have crazy vampire sex with their beautiful cousin since Isolde nipple-pierced their only living girlfriend to death in order to shatter their last living remnants of any mortal visage. Plus we can't get past the fact that the comely girlfriend really got off on their vampire hunting prowess but now that they are the hunted, there isn't much for her to get off on. So ... let's just pierce-her-deadly and call it a night.
There's not a lot of dialoque but you don't need it in this type of film. After streaming this flick online, I've already ordered the Blue-Ray version to add to my ever burgeoning library of incredibly cool Classic Horror flicks.