Reviews

  • May 03, 2020

    Slow-pace movie, but quite mesmerizing because of its eroticism and the strange atmosphere and poetry it has.

    Slow-pace movie, but quite mesmerizing because of its eroticism and the strange atmosphere and poetry it has.

  • Oct 30, 2016

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

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

  • Mar 26, 2016

    A great Jean Rollin film..!

    A great Jean Rollin film..!

  • Nov 02, 2014

    Not bad, however the denouement is such a let down to the nice tension Rollin had built up to that point. I still have to go with The Iron Rose as the perfect example of Rollin's style of continual dread coupled with kinky eroticism, but this was definitely fun at times and beautifully shot.

    Not bad, however the denouement is such a let down to the nice tension Rollin had built up to that point. I still have to go with The Iron Rose as the perfect example of Rollin's style of continual dread coupled with kinky eroticism, but this was definitely fun at times and beautifully shot.

  • Jun 02, 2014

    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.

    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.

  • Oct 16, 2013

    Fascination is a fairly ludicrous French 'erotic' horror. At times the set-ups feel akin to soft-porn but at the same time it is inevitably quite a fun film to watch.

    Fascination is a fairly ludicrous French 'erotic' horror. At times the set-ups feel akin to soft-porn but at the same time it is inevitably quite a fun film to watch.

  • Oct 02, 2013

    Wednesday, October 2, 2013 (1979) Fascination (In French with English subtitles) ADULT EROTIC HORROR Low budget movie written and directed by Jean Rollin but nonetheless still compelling since we've seen this type of movie before such as Takeshi Miikes "Audition" and "Wicker Man" where viewers suspect something really bad is going to happened and they don't really show it until the very end of the movie. A thief gets chased by a small group of accomplices for a small box of valuable coins into a chateau inhabited by two young woman who're waiting for other girls to show up. Although, the film is not even remotely scary nor are the make out scenes, the idea seemed original and authentic since the ladies who liv at the chateau are not the same kind of people we are not accustomed to. 3 out of 4 stars

    Wednesday, October 2, 2013 (1979) Fascination (In French with English subtitles) ADULT EROTIC HORROR Low budget movie written and directed by Jean Rollin but nonetheless still compelling since we've seen this type of movie before such as Takeshi Miikes "Audition" and "Wicker Man" where viewers suspect something really bad is going to happened and they don't really show it until the very end of the movie. A thief gets chased by a small group of accomplices for a small box of valuable coins into a chateau inhabited by two young woman who're waiting for other girls to show up. Although, the film is not even remotely scary nor are the make out scenes, the idea seemed original and authentic since the ladies who liv at the chateau are not the same kind of people we are not accustomed to. 3 out of 4 stars

  • Aug 27, 2013

    Excellent film with unusual imagery and a sense of mystery--Majestic erotic horror!!

    Excellent film with unusual imagery and a sense of mystery--Majestic erotic horror!!

  • Apr 28, 2013

    78% "At midnight, you'll see what seven women can do to a lone man."-Elisabeth (Franka Mai) Not my favorite Rollin picture, but it's up there. "Beware, death sometimes takes the form of seduction."-Helene (Fanny Magier)

    78% "At midnight, you'll see what seven women can do to a lone man."-Elisabeth (Franka Mai) Not my favorite Rollin picture, but it's up there. "Beware, death sometimes takes the form of seduction."-Helene (Fanny Magier)

  • Jan 31, 2013

    Jean Rollin hits the apex of his cinematic achievement in the surrealist nightmare that is FASCINATION. A thief takes refuge in an abandoned chateau before realizing that it is already being occupied by two vulnerable young women who claim to be its keepers. He is easily seduced by their beauty, and soon falls prey to their own devious designs. Unlike in so many of his other films, FASCINATION offers a linear and coherent storyline that still manages to present the same dreamlike atmosphere and dreary mood. Though highly eroticized, the sensuality of the characters plays strictly in to the plot, itself, rather than serving as cheap exploitation. The haunting image of actress Brigitte Lahaie crossing the bridge in her flowing gown with scythe in hand becomes an iconic moment in French cinema, and one that will not soon be forgotten. FASCINATION is an artistic exercise in style that doesn't quite have the same experimental art house look or feel to it. Its brightly-lit sets still cast a dark shadow over the characters, since we can tell from the beginning that something just isn't right with Elisabeth and Eva. Rollin assembles a wondrous cast in Jean-Marie Lemaire, Franca Maï, and Lahaie, who play perfectly in to his dark fantasy. FASCINATION is in top contention with THE GRAPES OF DEATH in becoming Rollin's finest film, if not his most popular.

    Jean Rollin hits the apex of his cinematic achievement in the surrealist nightmare that is FASCINATION. A thief takes refuge in an abandoned chateau before realizing that it is already being occupied by two vulnerable young women who claim to be its keepers. He is easily seduced by their beauty, and soon falls prey to their own devious designs. Unlike in so many of his other films, FASCINATION offers a linear and coherent storyline that still manages to present the same dreamlike atmosphere and dreary mood. Though highly eroticized, the sensuality of the characters plays strictly in to the plot, itself, rather than serving as cheap exploitation. The haunting image of actress Brigitte Lahaie crossing the bridge in her flowing gown with scythe in hand becomes an iconic moment in French cinema, and one that will not soon be forgotten. FASCINATION is an artistic exercise in style that doesn't quite have the same experimental art house look or feel to it. Its brightly-lit sets still cast a dark shadow over the characters, since we can tell from the beginning that something just isn't right with Elisabeth and Eva. Rollin assembles a wondrous cast in Jean-Marie Lemaire, Franca Maï, and Lahaie, who play perfectly in to his dark fantasy. FASCINATION is in top contention with THE GRAPES OF DEATH in becoming Rollin's finest film, if not his most popular.