Jean Rollin recommendations

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  1. Anaestheus

    Anaestheus Well-Known Member

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    I've been curious about Rollin for a while. I picked up the Redemption Vampire Box set which contains Rape of the Vampire, Shiver of the Vampire and Requiem for a Vampire. I sort of enjoyed them, but don't really feel a strong desire to see more. However, I know he has a strong following, so maybe I'm not seeing the best material out there. So, I was wondering if these were good indications of Rollin's body of work or if I am making too hasty a judgement.

    And if anyone is going to make recommendations of film titles, could you please include which versions you recommend.
     
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    Rape probably isn't the best introduction to Jean Rollin but Requiem probably is. Haven't seen Shivers. Grapes of Death is about the most "mainstream" horror film of his that I've seen so you may like that, but honestly, if you don't have a strong desire to see more after Requiem then you probably shouldn't bother. Probably. It's up to you, of course, but I recommend that you use netflix instead of buying more.
     
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    I actually enjoyed Grapes of Death. It's a bit daft, but it's more worthy than the other Rollin titles I've been subjected... erm... watched.
     
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    I suggest you avoid all of them :)
     
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  6. Cujo108

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    You should see The Iron Rose sooner rather than later, as it's his best film. His only film that I care for, actually, but I do love it.
     
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    Even though i'm a big fan of all his films, I think the best place to start is THE LIVING DEAD GIRL, THE GRAPES OF DEATH, AND FASCINATION. All these films have a coherent story and some good gore to keep it interesting. I agree with Cujo, The Iron Rose is an excellent film, but takes a bit more patience than the other titles i mentioned.
     
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    Hated.

    Hated.

    Yah!
     
  9. Rockmjd

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    Don't forget Zombie Lake. ;)
     
  10. eric_angelus

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    I just saw Rape of the Vampire and really hated it...although I love alot of his other films, so I would not call it a good representation of his work. The best in my opinion are Living Dead Girl, Night of the Hunted, and Grapes of Death. The US releases from Image and Synapse are the only DVD versions I have ever seen.
     
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    I enjoyed FASCINATION and LIVING DEAD GIRL the most. Still need to see GRAPES OF DEATH. I don't remember the overall movie impressing me much, but I really liked the closing moments of NIGHT OF THE HUNTED.

    Have to add, though, that I don't actually own any of them other than ZOMBIE LAKE! He's definitely a "try before you buy" director, and even the movies by him that I've liked I haven't seen fit to add to my collection. I have ZOMBIE LAKE more for comedy purposes.

    I should netflix THE GRAPES OF DEATH.
     
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    Demoniacs, a very good film.

    Rollin is definitely not for everyone, so I'd rent a few to see how you like them.
     
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    Night of the Hunted is very good, it's my favorite film of his, and it has Brigitte LaHaie. The movie might make you depressed though ;)
     
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    Watched Rose of Iron and Grapes of Death yesterday. Both were great. Grapes of Death would probably be welcomed by any zombie fan. It had a real Resident Evil 4 feel to it. But Rose of Iron stayed with me more. Great simple film. Beautiful and haunting.

    Thought I had posted recently but I can't find, I watched Fascination last week and thought it was great. Amazing atmosphere.
     
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    Anaestheus Well-Known Member

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    Mok's post reminded me that I've been meaning to get back to this.

    Since my original request for recommendations, Rollin has grown on me. Won't say I am a die hard fan and I suspect that 25% of my fondness for his films stems from liking to say "French lesbian vampire films from the 60's" But still, I actively like a number of his films at this point.

    Based on you folks, I have seen:

    Iron Rose - this definitely was a good recommendation and probably the first film where I actually "got" him

    Fascination - a bit nonsensical at times, but it moves at a pretty fast pace compared to most of the other Rollin films I have seen.

    Demoniacs - not bad. Interesting story idea, but some of the tavern scenes go on way too long.

    The Nude Vampire - it's been a while since I saw this, but I remember liking it a lot. It has a more David Lynch/Alain Robbe-Grillet vibe that I really liked a lot.

    Lips of Blood - not bad. I bit meandering at times, but some nice poetical images and themes.

    Eventually, I'll get around to watching Living Dead Girl and Grapes of Death.

    Thanks for all your input.
     
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    I would say Living Dead Girl was probably my favorite Rollin film. Much like Jess Franco's works you need to have a certain tolerance/acceptance for the style of filmmaking.
     

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    What, no-one liked Two Orphan Vampires or Dracula's Fiancee?
     
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    I enjoyed both of those.

    I have to be in the right mood for his movies, but when I am in that mood, I haven't seen a film of his that I didn't really like.
     
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    I liked Dracula's Fiancee but I haven't watched my copy of Two Orphan Vampires yet.
     

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