Title: Dracula's Fiancée

Also known as:
La fiancée de Dracula (Original title)
Le retour de Dracula

Year: 2002

Genre: Drama / Horror / Erotic

Language: French

Runtime: 91 min

Director: Jean Rollin

Writer: Jean Rollin

IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0244167/

The world is infested with "parallels", a creature that is much like a vampire. A professor and a young man are set out to track down these vampiric creatures to find Dracula, the head of them all. When they stumble upon a midget that has strong feelings for one of the "parallels", he takes them to a mansion where they meet The Order of the White Virgins, a gang of nuns. In the mansion they also find a girl who's being held there against her will, until she eventually escapes and runs to Dracula's castle.

Our thoughts:
Jean Rollin, where have you been for the past 20 - 30 years? It seems like you're still making the exact same movies. And that wouldn't be a bad thing if all the movies you made were more like "The Living Dead Girl" or "Fascination". With that I mean entertaining. This film was made 20 years after the "newest" film I've seen from you, which was "The Living Dead Girl", yet it seems like you haven't advanced in any way.

Storywise this was atleast somewhat decent. It's about a professor trying to track down Dracula, and to find him he has to go through pretty girls, and eventually he even stumbles upon a midget who helps him. They arrive at a mansion filled with wacko nuns, and from there they follow a "vampire" (yeah, yeah, "parallel") who escapes from being a captive, and she of course runs to Dracula's place. It atleast changes location, and we get to meet several weird characters. It feels like he spiced things up a tad, but sadly the locations and characters are very much alike. There are a few scenes that I enjoyed, like the final scene (even though it was pretty much the same as in many of his other films; they were on the exact same beach, and a vampire died from the sun). My reason for enjoying that scene I think is that it actually showed the woman getting bloodier and gorier. Even though it actually just faded from one state to another rather than actually rotting/dissolving.

I don't care to write too much about this film as I actually felt it was like a mix of his older films. It's not the worst he has done but it certainly isn't the best. Jean Rollin hasn't evolved anything in 20 years when it comes to filmmaking, and in this case it's not a good thing. He has made way too many movies like this and it's a shame that he is still doing it. But I suppose that the hardcore fans of his are happy about it. Unlike a director like Sam Raimi, who I wouldn't have minded if he stopped evolving in the 80's, Jean Rollin makes way too similar titles each time for it to be charming still. If you are new to his films I recommend that you watch "Fascination" if you wanna watch a decent story with naked ladies, and "The Living Dead Girl" if you want some of his better gore moments.

What I hate the most is that because I have seen two films of his I like, I will continue to watch his films. God damnit!

Positive things:
- The ladies! Pretty as always, and not shy to show their birthday suits.
- Midget!
- Has more gore than I expected. But it's still not gory.
Negative things:
- It's the same ol' Jean Rollin stuff.

Gore: 2/5
Nudity: 3/5
Story: 2/5
Effects: 2/5
Comedy: 0.5/5

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