Horror Scenes That I Love: Francoise Pascal Dances In A Cemetery in Jean Rollin’s the Iron Rose


The Iron Rose (1973, dir by Jean Rollin)

Today’s horror scene that I love comes from the 1972 French film, The Iron Rose.  In this scene, directed by the great Jean Rollin, Francoise Pascal dances in a cemetery.  Why is she dancing?  Perhaps she is celebrating the fact her lover has just suffocated inside of the crypt that she locked him in.  Perhaps she’s just happy that a clown came by earlier and lay some flowers on a grave.  One can never be sure.  This entire sequence is Rollin at his best.

This is one of Rollin’s most enigmatic films, which is saying something when you consider just how dream-like the average Rollin film is.  It was Rollin’s fifth film and his first to not involve vampires.

 

4 Shots From 4 Jean Rollin Films: The Nude Vampire, The Iron Rose, Lips of Blood, Lost in New York


4 Shots From 4 Films is just what it says it is, 4 shots from 4 of our favorite films. As opposed to the reviews and recaps that we usually post, 4 Shots From 4 Films lets the visuals do the talking.

Today, I pay tribute to my favorite French director with….

4 Shots From 4 Jean Rollin Films

The Nude Vampire (1970, dir by Jean Rollin)

The Iron Rose (1973, dir by Jean Rollin)

Lips of Blood (1975, dir by Jean Rollin)

Lost in New York (1989, dir by Jean Rollin)

4 Shots From 4 October Films: Vampire Circus, The Beyond, The Living Dead Girl, I Madman


4 Shots From 4 Films is just what it says it is, 4 shots from 4 of our favorite films. As opposed to the reviews and recaps that we usually post, 4 Shots From 4 Films lets the visuals do the talking.

Only one more month to go and it’ll be time for TSL’s annual horrorthon!  I’m already working on my October reviews.  Here’s four shots from 4 films that I’m planning on reviewing in October!

4 Shots From 4 October Films

Vampire Circus (1972, dir by Robert Young)

The Beyond (1981, dir by Lucio Fulci)

The Living Dead Girl (1982, dir by Jean Rollin)

I, Madman (1989, dir by Tibor Takacs)

Don’t worry.  It’s almost October!

Music Video of the Day: Beautiful Thing by Alexis Taylor (2018, dir by Edwin Burdis)


For whatever reason, this video reminds me of the classic Jean Rollin film, The Grapes of Death.  Maybe it’s all the ominous shots of what, on the surface, appears to be a tranquil countryside.

Or maybe I just naturally compare everything that I see to a Jean Rollin film.

Regardless, enjoy!

6 Trailers For Halloween


Welcome the final October edition of Lisa Marie’s Grindhouse and Exploitation Film Trailers!

I’ve enjoyed reviving this feature for October.  I’m not totally sure if I’ll continue it because, as I said way back at the start of the month, there are only so many trailers on YouTube and I don’t want to spend too much time repeating myself.  We’ll see!

These are trailers for 6 of my favorite horror films:

  1. Lisa and the Devil (1973)

From the great director, Mario Bava.  This film is like a cinematic dream.  Plus, the main character is named Lisa!

2. Suspiria (1977)

This trailer is creepy, though it really doesn’t do the film justice.  Check out my review here!

3. The Shining (1980)

This is one of the few films that scares me no matter how many times I watch it.

4. Near Dark (1987)

Vampires in Texas!  Hell yeah!

5. Two Orphan Vampires (1997)

From the brilliant Jean Rollin.

6. The Cabin In The Woods (2011)

I don’t care how many hipster douchebags disagree.  This movie is absolutely brilliant.

Happy Halloween!

Horror Scenes That I Love: The Bridge Attack Scene From Two Orphan Vampires


Today’s horror scene that I love comes from the 1997 French film, Two Orphan Vampires.

I knew that I really wanted to share a scene from Two Orphan Vampires on this date.  It’s my favorite Jean Rollin film.  Unfortunately, most of the really good scenes have been taken off of YouTube.  That said, I do like the way Rollin uses the color blue in this scene and the opening image of those two blind vampires walking across the bridge is still a strong one.  When viewed out of context, the attack on the poet may be seen weak but actually it’s just another example of Rollin’s dream-like aesthetic.  If the attack on the poet seems fake, that may be because it wasn’t supposed to have really happened.

Watch the film and it’ll make sense.

4 Shots From 4 Films: Special Jean Rollin Edition


4 Shots From 4 Films is just what it says it is, 4 shots from 4 of our favorite films. As opposed to the reviews and recaps that we usually post, 4 Shots From 4 Films is all about letting the visuals do the talking.

This October, I am going to be using our 4 Shots From 4 Films feature to pay tribute to some of my favorite horror directors, in alphabetical order!  That’s right, we’re going from Argento to Zombie in one month!

Today’s director: the master of French surrealism, Jean Rollin!

4 Shots From 4 Films

The Rape of the Vampire (1968, dir by Jean Rollin)

Fascination (1979, dir by Jean Rollin)

The Living Dead Girl (1982, dir by Jean Rollin)

Two Orphan Vampires (1997, dir by Jean Rollin)