Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Requiem for a Vampire (1973)

Two beautiful young thieves are lured into the castle of a bloodthirsty coven of vampires, who quickly seduce them and initiate them into the world of the undead. The third in a long series of vampire films by Jean Rollin lacks none of the same eerie mood and dreamlike surrealism that the acclaimed French director has become known for. He presents a form of highly eroticized horror that takes the sexual undertones behind the vampire legends and exploits them to their fullest potential. REQUIEM FOR A VAMPIRE is no different, and when the girls are not dashing away from their vampire hosts, they can always be found in various stages of undress. Rollin spends far more time lingering on his own softcore imagery than he ever spends developing the plot, which can only come to be expected in his later works as well. The scene from which the film takes its name becomes its creepy Gothic centerpiece, as one of the vampire mistresses plays a sad lament on her piano amidst the fog and firelight in the gloomy graveyard. REQUIEM FOR A VAMPIRE is a visceral nightmare caught on film, but it is also just another case of style of substance for this cult director.

Rating: 6/10.

If you liked REQUIEM FOR A VAMPIRE, check out:
RAPE OF THE VAMPIRE, TWINS OF EVIL, LEMORA: A CHILD'S TALE OF THE SUPERNATURAL.

2 comments:

  1. 10/10 from me. I love this film.

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  2. I tried to get into it D, but I much prefer LIVING DEAD GIRL and GRAPES OF DEATH over REQUIEM. Still have plenty more Rollin I need to get to, have yet to see RAPE or FASCINATION =D

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