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The Shiver of the Vampires (1971)

Le frisson des vampires (original title)
R | | Horror | January 1978 (USA)
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A young honeymooning couple stop for the night at an ancient castle. Unbeknownst to them, the castle is home to a horde of vampires, who have their own plans for the couple.

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Jean Rollin
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Sandra Julien Sandra Julien ... Isa
Jean-Marie Durand Jean-Marie Durand ... Antoine
Jacques Robiolles Jacques Robiolles ... 2nd vampire
Michel Delahaye ... 1st vampire
Marie-Pierre Castel ... Maid (as Marie-Pierre)
Kuelan Herce ... Maid
Nicole Nancel Nicole Nancel ... Isabelle
Dominique Dominique ... Isolde
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A young honeymooning couple stop for the night at an ancient castle. Unbeknownst to them, the castle is home to a horde of vampires, who have their own plans for the couple.

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

January 1978 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Strange Things Happen at Night See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(reconstructed German cut)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Featured in Eurotika!: Vampires and Virgins (1999) See more »

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Imaginative if cheesy soft porn/horror
2 March 2002 | by rossawSee all my reviews

The interesting characters in this are a couple of guys who used to be vampire hunters but, after an "accident" (they got bit) have become unabashedly undead, and never had more fun. They dress somewhere between hippies and 18th century fops, and at one point lecture the protagonist on their "researches" which purport to explain the origins of devil worship in Europe in relation to the Catholic Church. It's all tongue in cheek. One the two guys smokes a pipe, and presumably it's not for tobacco.

There's elaborate sets and amusing action for something so low-budget. In the heroine's room there's a Dali-esque chair with a monstrous man-like thing behind it. In place of its stomach is a fish bowl with fish and a skull inside, and a closeup of the skull shows reflections of the burning fireplace in its eyes. The clock strikes midnight and a skinny lesbian vampire slinks out of the bottom part and starts putting her hands on the buxom heroine, who doesn't object. Not bad, eh?

The music is good and actually enhances the action. Plenty of T&A, with slow pans over naked babes, a pair of deadly Madonna-like tit-spikes, and other good stuff. You can probably watch this while you balance your checkbook, but if you like cheesy low-budget horror there's plenty worse.


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