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La Rose de fer (The Iron Rose) (1973)

La Rose de fer (The Iron Rose) (1973)

La Rose de fer (The Iron Rose)




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Cult director Jean Rollin's most unusual and haunting film was this poetic tale of two young lovers (Francoise Pascal, Hugues Quester) lost in a cemetery overnight. With only one set, two characters, and a hallucinatory style which could provoke unintentional laughter in some audiences, the film was a commercial disaster. Quester was so embarrassed that he had his name taken off the credits, where he is now listed as "Pierre Dupont." Still, as time passed and audiences grew more sophisticated, the film's uniquely peculiar atmospherics have gained it a cult following, and some even consider it on a par with the original Carnival of Souls as among the simplest and creepiest of macabre films. ~ Robert Firsching, Rovimore
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Horror, Art House & International, Classics
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Written By: Tristan Corbière, Jean Rollin, Maurice Lemaître
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On DVD: Sep 25, 2007


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All Critics (5)

Boy meets girl. Boy takes girl to graveyard. Boy regrets decision.

Full Review… | April 27, 2012
Sci-Fi Weekly

Boy meets girl. Boy takes girl to graveyard. Boy regrets decision.

Full Review… | April 24, 2012

...a spiritual rather than a physical threat.

Full Review… | February 19, 2012
Parallax View

Despite a non-existent budget and its lack of lesbian vampires, this film manages to deliver as much atmosphere as some of Rollin's best work.

Full Review… | July 4, 2008

Lyrical hallucinatory tale set at night in a cemetery.

Full Review… | December 25, 2007
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Audience Reviews for La Rose de fer (The Iron Rose)


Young lovers are trapped in a cemetery at night and then... nothing happens. Two characters, lots of scenery, little dialogue or action, less sense. I like many of director Jean Rollin's mildly surreal horror movies, but this one shows him at his turtle-paced, self-indulgent worst.

Greg S

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I enjoyed this movie, but I was left wishing there could be more to it, a little more extremity, I guess, maybe some blood and more sex? Overall, it's a pretty good movie, though, the plot is particularly cool, I think. The actors are fine, and the set and everything is creepy and very atmospheric like Rollin's films usually are.

Aj V

Super Reviewer


Not quite what I was expecting, though to be honest I wasn't at all sure what to expect. The fact that Salvation Films picked this up in the UK did give me some ideas.
Very atmospheric and visually beautiful (they are in a graveyard for most of it after all), with some lovely if bizarre dialogue. It's just as well that they never got out, I expect their bikes probably got nicked. There's no one like the French to have a fight, fall in a hole and then have sex (at least, I assume that's what all the writhing and hair mussing was about).

Kylie B

Super Reviewer

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