The Nude Vampire (1969)

Article #1015 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing Date: 12-25-2003
Posting Date: 5-23-2004
Directed by Jean Rollin
Featuring Olivier Martin, Maurice Lemaitre, Caroline Cartier

Plot description: Huh?

First of all, I consider the title somewhat redundant. This being a Jean Rollin film, I would actually be surprised if the vampire didn’t turn up nude sooner or later. Now, I find that figuring out what’s going on in a Jean Rollin film can be a chore even under the best of circumstances; the print I found for this one is not only in very poor condition, but is neither dubbed nor subtitled in English, so that should go a ways toward explaining the plot description above. Another aspect about this being a Rollin film is I find myself wanting to go back to three adjectives of Rollin; arty, erotic and gory. However, I’ll throw out ‘gory’ in this case; in comparison to other movies I’ve seen, this one is relatively bloodless. It also looks like it might be somewhat easier to figure out than RAPE OF THE VAMPIRE, but I’m afraid we’re going to have to wait for subtitles. There are some striking visual moments, however, and there’s a nice, rather curious scene with a crucifix that I quite liked. I’ll leave it to Rollin fans who can speak French to figure out this one.


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