Requiem for a Vampire (1971) two women on the run seek shelter in an old castle, unaware that its owner - a sadistic vampire - lurks in the shadows. Jean Rollin's film exposes the sexual undertones that are only hinted at in most vampire movies.
Fascination (1979) A group of middle class female vampires send two of their number (Franca Mai and Brigitte Lahaye) to find a man that they can ritually slaughter and consume in a cannibalistic feast.
Dracula's Daughter (1972) director Jess Franco pays homage to the classic Universal horror genre. When a young woman visits her gravely ill grandmother on her deathbed, she discovers to her horror the family curse: they are all vampires. Anne Libert and Britt Nichols star.
Requiem pour un Vampire/Requiem for a Vampire (1971)
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French director Jean Rollin continues to indulge his fascination with the undead with his fourth film. Whilst not quite as rampantly weird as his previous Shiver of the Vampire, this nevertheless provides a very nice contrast between events in the ‘normal’ world as they drift into those of a hidden ‘other’ world.
In his career, he has demonstrated a liking for young female double-acts, and for clowns. Unsurprising then, that this opens with two young girls – apparently lovers – dressed as clowns, hopelessly on the run. Much time is spent with them as they survive various mishaps before stumbling on the biggest of all – a deserted chateau housing 'the last vampire' and his clan. Much chasing and recapturing happens next before the ending reveals the vampire to be surprisingly honorable and the alleged leading man, Frederic, something of a coward.
The nudity is more prevalent here than in earlier Rollin films, and a scene involving Marie being whipped by Michelle pushes boundaries further yet (apparently two versions of various scenes were shot - one clothed and one not - for foreign audiences who maybe shocked by the human form, uncluding the UK). As Maria, Rollin regular Marie-Pierre Castel gains a rare starring role – apparently her sister Cathy was originally cast, but proved unavailable. Her partner is played by Mireille Dargent, who also dressed up as a clown for Jean Rollin's Les Démoniaques/The Demoniacs.