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Fascination (1979)





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This erotic horror film from controversial cult director Jean Rollin is among his best. Set in 1916, it tells the story of a thief who seeks refuge in a castle owned by two women, Eva (Brigitte Lahaie) and Elizabeth (Franca Mai). The women are seductive and teasing, but turn out to be part of a vampiric cult of blood-drinking aristocrats. The film's most striking sequence has Eva slashing her way through a group of armed peasants with a large scythe. Filled with Rollin's typically heady mix of sex, violence, and hallucinatory visuals, Fascination may be the most accessible introduction to his unique body of work. ~ Robert Firsching, Rovi

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Since few watch Rollin for story, I will give a nod to the beauty of the leading ladies, the vast glory of the sets and locations, and the composition of the shots.

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Audience Reviews for Fascination

One of cult film director Jean Rollin's more accessible films, an erotic vampire thriller which has a slow, dreamy quality to it.

Michael Troudt
Michael Troudt

Of the Jean Rollin erotic vampire horror films that I have seen thus far, this is my favorite--I have yet to become a huge fan of his. This film, however, has begun to change my opinion as its blends genuine stylistic vision and horrific ideas together with the usual gore, nudity, and sex. In Fascination, Rollin manages to create a truly mesmerizing descent into erotic terror as it also surrealistically interrogates and undermines notions of class and station in the face of evil and pure desire.

Al Miller
Al Miller

A highwayman burns his fellow brigands and holes up in a chateau where he meets two seductive women who are expecting mysterious guests at midnight. This is director Jean Rollin's most conventional horror tale, with all of his atmosphere (and nudity) and little of his usual oddness. That leads some people to conclude it's his best film, though actually, the lack of crazy rough edges merely prevents it from being his worst.

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