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A Virgin Among the Living Dead (1973)

La nuit des étoiles filantes (original title)
Not Rated | | Horror | 26 October 1978 (Italy)
Following the death of her father, a young girl visits her estranged family at their sinister castle in the countryside, and comes to realize her eccentric and morbid relatives are not quite alive.

Directors:

Jesús Franco (as Jess Franco), Pierre Quérut (uncredited) | 1 more credit »

Writers:

Jesús Franco (as Jess Franco), Paul D'Ales (French dialogue)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Christina von Blanc Christina von Blanc ... Christina Benton (as Cristine von Blanc)
Carmen Yazalde ... Carmencé (as Britt Nickols)
Rosa Palomar Rosa Palomar ... Aunt Abigail
Anne Libert ... The Queen of the Night
Howard Vernon ... Uncle Howard
Jesús Franco ... Basilio (as Jesus Manera)
Paul Muller ... Ernesto Pablo Reiner, Christina's father
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Storyline

A girl arrives from London to visit her estranged relatives in a remote castle for the reading of her father's will. After a while she discovers that they are all in fact dead and her decision to live with them turns into a nightmare. Unable to leave she's drawn into a macabre underworld through visions of nude satanic rituals and her own impending sacrifice. Written by <arviga@online.no>

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Language:

French

Release Date:

26 October 1978 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Zombie 4: A Virgin Among the Living Dead See more »

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Runtime:

(DVD) | (director's cut)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Contrary to what some sources claim, this was not filmed in 1971. Filming took place in May and June of 1973. Furthermore, several automobiles in this film have been identified as 1972 and 1973 model year cars. See more »

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Just past the nine-minute mark, when Christina stands next to the guy playing piano, she casts a shadow on the right side of his face, which appears and disappears in each shot. See more »

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Uncle Howard: That's Carmencé.
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Uncle Howard: I told you, she's Carmencé.
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A dash of Franco, a generous helping of Rollin
21 August 2005 | by fertilecelluloidSee all my reviews

Take a dash of Franco and layer in a generous helping of Rollin and, viola!, you have A VIRGIN AMONG THE LIVING DEAD.

This is a work of atmosphere and subtle eroticism. Although it is not a zombie film, death -- and those who wear its cloak -- is its central theme.

Christina von Blanc, an achingly beautiful creature, plays Englishwoman "Christine" who journeys to the rambling estate of her late father (Franco regular Paul Muller) for the reading of his will. Her stay is a nightmarish one as she is harassed by several socially challenged relatives (Howard Vernon being one), a muttering Igor (Franco himself) and local miscreants.

Not as technically accomplished as Franco work such as THE AWFUL DR. ORLOFF or even DR. ORLOFF'S MONSTER, this piece is, nevertheless, dream-like and filled with mood and unease. Bruno Nocolai's score is quietly evocative and Jose Climent's photography is low rent but brimming with inspiration. The rural locations are gorgeous, too.

Typically, the dramatic revelations are hackneyed and not everything makes much sense, but that is Franco's way, and if you can't accept that, steer clear of his fascinating, uneven oeuvre.

Ms. von Blanc makes every one of her screen moments sparkle and comes closest to possessing the magical aura of the late, great Soledad Miranda, Franco's most exquisite leading lady and muse.


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