By Al Kratina
Nov 21, 2007 - 21:27
Director: Jean Rollin
Written by: Jean Rollin, S.H. Mosti
Produced by: Jean Lavie
Starring: Olivier Martin, Maurice Lemaitre, Caroline Cartier, Ly Lestrong
Genre: Horror, Science Fiction, Erotica
DVD Distributor: Redemption Films
Website: Buy it here
Rating: Not Rated
Running Time: 88 minutes
If you’re really into breasts and fashion design, then this is the film for you. Likely, however, if you’re into one you’re not into the other, so the double whammy may not have the impact famed erotic horror film director Jean Rollin intended. However, for those of us who watch America’s Next Top Model when spotty Internet access prevents the more complicated fetish sites from loading properly, The Nude Vampire satisfies.
Jean Rollin is known for his surreal imagery, poetic beauty, and attempts to insert various levels of pornography into every film, regardless of context. Sometimes it works, and sometimes it feels like a giant vulva floated across screen halfway through The Lion King. Thankfully, in The Nude Vampire, the dream-like imagery mixes well with the sexuality, creating an effective mood without feeling exploitative.
That’s not to say that the film is entirely successful. It’s Rollin’s second outing as a director, and a certain clumsiness undermines his more ambitious aspirations. The story, in which a young man discovers his father is involved in a suicide cult worshipping a vampire, is needlessly convoluted. By the time the end of the film rolls around, science fiction and mysticism have been woven into the horror and erotic elements, creating a rich tapestry that threatens to stifle the script and the already shaky performance from lead Olivier Martin.
Rating: 7 on 10