Sunday, September 11, 2011

The Shiver of the Vampire (1971)

Director: Jean Rollin

Starring: Sandra Julien, Jean-Marie Durand, Jacques obiolles, Michel Delahaye, Marie-Pierre Castel

More info: IMDb

Plot: A young honeymooning couple stop for the night at an ancient castle. Unbeknownst to them, the castle is home to a horde of vampires, who have their own plans for the couple.

My rating: 6.5/10

Will I watch it again? Yeah.

#109 on Drive-In Delirium Vol. 2 (part of the TRAILER TRASH PROJECT

Great poster, huh? Over the years I've seen so many of these Eurotrash lesbian vampire horror movies it's not even funny. The trouble with them is they're usually boring as fuck-all but every once in a while you get one that you can get to the end without dosing off. Right off the bat (ahahahahaha) you can tell this one is different. The music is groovy as hell with some late 60s, psychedelic, early Pink Floyd-ish music.

It doesn't take long before the nudity begins...

The colors Rollin uses are Bava-esque.

There are many bizarre encounters with the living and the dead.

The movie plays out about how you would expect it to. It's not a complicated story but it doesn't have to be. Rollin gets some good performances (and quirky, too), there are lots of nude French girls, a great color scheme, great use of the castle and the surroundings, nicely paced (although some will find it slow), great psychedelic rock score and a satisfying conclusion. It's a trippy flick that is one of the few of this type that are worth buying and it's likely to get better with each viewing.

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