Title: The Nude Vampire

Also known as:
La vampire nue (Original title)

Year: 1970

Genre: Horror / Drama / Erotica

Language: French

Runtime: 85 min

Director: Jean Rollin

Writer: Jean Rollin & S.H. Mosti

IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0065168/

There are those who will live forever, those who drink blood and never go out during the days. A cult has captured a woman they believe will be able to give them eternal life, but they need to keep her away from the sun and from seeing other people's faces. One night when trying to escape she stumbles upon a man who starts looking into the cult that followed her, only to find that his father is part of it.

Our thoughts:
The first part of this movie ranks up there with some of Jean Rollin's best work. A cult wearing masks (most of them wearing animal masks) is draining blood from a naked woman wearing a blue mask. We later have them chasing another woman (could be the same one, I'm not sure) down a street. Jean Rollin is a very visual director but most of his work is so much alike that after a while you're blind to it and most of it just feels boring. But the intro for this film is one of those moments where his pretentious, poetic and borderline nonsense-story works best.

However, after this part of the movie we're basicly back to regular Jean Rollin again. Nothing terrible, but nothing that spectacular. It's certainly a very tolerable movie compared to some of his work, but there's just so many films you can watch by the same director that feature some sort of vampire story. I choose not to judge by his stories anymore at all, but by the entertainment value, whether it's from sex scenes, artistic merit, gore or whatever.

The extremely un-tight, weird soundtrack and animal sounds gives the film a distinct atmosphere that the movie really needed to really bloom. Making not only the cult within the film strange, but the entire feel of the film.

"The Nude Vampire" is his second feature and I think it's far more solid than his debut. Although "Rape of the Vampire" is very boring, I'll probably say that it's superior to "The Nude Vampire" in the visuals (black and white gives me weak knees). But overall I enjoyed this movie more, it's easier to follow while still maintaining style. As a rule of thumb I'd recommend people who are new to him to stay away from his films with the word "Vampire" in the title because I haven't really enjoyed those ones (favorites are "The Living Dead Girl", Fascination", "Grapes of Death"), but this one is probably the better of them.

Positive things:
- The first part of the film was probably some of his best work.
- I dug the strange soundtrack.
- Masks!
Negative things:
- After the first part it's nothing overly interesting.
- Prefer this over his debut.
- Did he really have to end the movie on that god damn beach again?

Gore: 0.5/5
Nudity: 3/5
Story: 2/5
Effects: 1.5/5
Comedy: 0/5

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