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The Grapes of Death (1978)

Les raisins de la mort (original title)
R | | Horror | 5 July 1978 (France)
A young woman discovers that the pesticide being sprayed on vineyards is turning people into killer zombies.

Director:

Jean Rollin

Writers:

Jean-Pierre Bouyxou (story), Jean Rollin (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Marie-Georges Pascal Marie-Georges Pascal ... Élisabeth (as Marie George Pascal)
Félix Marten ... Paul (as Felix Marten)
Serge Marquand Serge Marquand ... Lucien
Mirella Rancelot Mirella Rancelot ... Lucie
Patrice Valota Patrice Valota ... Pierre
Patricia Cartier Patricia Cartier ... Antoinette
Michel Herval Michel Herval ... Michel
Paul Bisciglia Paul Bisciglia ... Lucas
Brigitte Lahaie ... La grande femme blonde (as Brigitte Lahaye)
Olivier Rollin Olivier Rollin ... Le mort-vivant qui se fracasse le crâne
François Pascal François Pascal ... L'homme du train
Evelyne Thomas Evelyne Thomas ... Brigitte
Jean-Pierre Bouyxou Jean-Pierre Bouyxou ... Le mort borgne / Le mort-vivant à la faux
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A young woman discovers that the pesticide being sprayed on vineyards is turning people into killer zombies.

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When the wine flows, the terror begins ...

Genres:

Horror

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

5 July 1978 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

As Uvas da Morte See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(uncut)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Writer Jean-Pierre Bouyxou appears in two different bits : as the one-eyed living dead (with mustache), and as the living dead with a scythe (without mustache). See more »

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During the long zoom in the scene where Élisabeth meets the blind girl at the deserted valley, a man can be seen walking in the distance. See more »

Alternate Versions

Although the Film is banned in Germany, an uncut DVD Release was released. The DVD is not proved. A cut Version is released with an FSK Rating and signed with "neue Version". See more »

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Featured in Mike Bazanele's Spark of Life (2008) See more »

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Rollin unearths fresh rural dread in surreal zombie poem
13 November 2005 | by fertilecelluloidSee all my reviews

Jean Rollin's "Grapes of Death" is a refreshing living dead poem, and an effective low key horror film from France's gentleman auteur.

After Elizabeth (Marie-Georges Pascal) encounters a rotting man and the corpse of her traveling companion on a deserted train, she flees into the countryside where she must battle a plague of the sad, tortured dead. The "grapes" of the title relate to the cause of the spreading problem.

Rollin's films have always found horror and dread in rural landscapes and crumbling architecture; in "Grapes" the fascination with these elements continues and is intensified by suitably evocative photography. Despite some ropey focus and action sequences that don't quite cut smoothly, this is the director's most technically polished work and an important addition to French "cinefantastique".

Although the plot line bears some similarity to Romero's "The Crazies" and the visuals pre-date the recent dead-on-arrival French "Revenants" (see review), Rollin does not run this show along traditional genre lines. Instead, he has the heroine Pascal encountering a blind woman who is oblivious to the contagion and a recluse (Brigitte Lahaie) who may be her savior in a white nightie. Elizabeth's final reunion with her boyfriend has a sad, tragic quality that becomes, like the rest of the film, quite surreal.

There is sporadic gore and the violence is shockingly sudden in parts, but Rollin's trademark dream-like pacing and social commentary are there to be enjoyed and appreciated.


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