Le Frisson des vampires (The Shiver of the Vampires) (1970)
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A honeymooning couple stop at a creepy castle to visit the bride's distant cousins, but they've been turned to vampires. Director Jean Rollin's formula is beautiful visuals, thick Gothic atmosphere, a thin but dreamlike plot that's pared down to the bare essentials of the vampire genre, and ample nudity and eroticism. It works here.
A pretty good vampire movie, very 70s, but it lacks fangs, and the story could use some rewriting, but other than that, it's atmospheric and a pretty good vampire movie.
Two newlyweds find themselves in the midst of bloodthirsty (and sex-crazed) vampires when they stop off to visit their last remaining relatives in France. Jean Rollin's third vampire film is no less strange, twisted, and stylish than any of his others, before or after. SHIVER OF THE VAMPIRES seems to benefit greatly from the works of Mario Bava, as the wild use of color paints the screen in similar tones of blue and red. The odd imagery has a sexy female vampire randomly appear in the most interesting of places, including the inside of a grandfather clock and dropping down through the fireplace. It is difficult to tell whether Rollin is attempting to make a pretentious art film or more sleazy Eurotrash, as several of the scenes make odd use of the camera for no apparent reason (particularly when the two vampire brothers deliver their dialog while bobbing their heads through the arms of a scale). The two foppish cousins give way to high camp, along with the progressive rock beats that line the film. Like the works of Jess Franco and Joe D'amato, SHIVER OF THE VAMPIRES and Jean Rollin will only cater to a very selective audience, though this may be a good starting point for anyone that is interested in experiencing the French Horror of the 1970's.
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