4 Shots From 4 Films: Special Jean Rollin Edition


4 Or More Shots From 4 Or More 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, we honor the memory of the great French director Jean Rollin, who was born 84 years ago today in France,  It’s time for….

4 Shot From 4 Jean Rollins Films

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

The Iron Rose (1973, dir by Jean Rollin)

Night of the Hunted (1980, dir by Jean Rollin)

The Mask of Medusa (2010, dir by Jean Rollin)

10 Shots From 10 Horror Films: 1973 and 1974


The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974, dir by Tobe Hooper, DP: Daniel Pearl)

4 Or More Shots From 4 Or More 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!

This October, I’m going to be doing something a little bit different with my contribution to 4 (or more) Shots From 4 (or more) Films.  I’m going to be taking a little chronological tour of the history of horror cinema, moving from decade to decade.

Today, we take a look at two very important years: 1973 and 1974!

10 Shots From 10 Horror Films: 1973 and 1974

Female Vampire (1973, dir by Jess Franco, DP: Jess Franco)

Don’t Look Now (1973, dir by Nicolas Roeg, DP: Anthony Richmond)

The Wicker Man (1973, dir by Robin Hardy. DP: Harry Waxman)

Lisa and the Devil (1973, dir by Mario Bava, DP: Cecilio Paniagua)

The Iron Rose (1973, dir by Jean Rollin)

The Exorcist (1973, dir by William Friedkin, DP: Owen Roizman)

Black Christmas (1974, dir by Bob Clark, DP: Reginald H. Morris)

Deathdream (1974, dir by Bob Clark, DP: Jack McGowan)

The Ghost Galleon (1974, dir by Armando de Ossorio, DP: Raul Artigut)

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (dir by Tobe Hooper, DP: Daniel Pearl)

4 Shots from 4 Jean Rollin Films


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.

With only a week to go until the big day, now is a good time for me to honor one of my favorite horror directors, the French surrealist Jean Rollin.  Now is the time for….

4 Shots From 4 Jean Rollin Films

The Iron Rose (1973, dir by Jean Rollin)

The Grapes of Death (1978, dir by Jean Rollin)

Fascination (1979, dir by Jean Rollin)

Night of the Hunted (1980, dir by Jean Rollin)

Thank you, Jean Rollin, for the dreams.

4 Shots From 4 Jean Rollin Films: The Iron Rose, Lips of Blood, Fiancée of Dracula, The Mask of Medusa


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!

This October, we’ve been using 4 Shots From 4 Films to pay tribute to some of our favorite horror directors!  Today, we take a look at the brilliant French director, Jean Rollin!

4 Shots From 4 Films

The Iron Rose (1973, dir by Jean Rollin)

Lips of Blood (1975, dir by Jean Rollin)

Fiancée of Dracula (2002, dir by Jean Rollin)

The Mask of Medusa (2010, dir by Jean Rollin)

International Horror Film Review: The Iron Rose (dir by Jean Rollin)


“Let’s go to the cemetery.”

That line is actually from another Jean Rollin film, Requiem for Vampire, but it also perfectly sums up the plot of his 1973 masterpiece, The Iron Rose.

A man (Hugues Quester) meets a woman (Francoise Pascal) at a wedding party.  They agree to go on a date, one which includes a railway station, a picnic, bicycling, and finally a walk that leads to a seemingly deserted cemetery.  On what seems to be a whim, the two of them enter the cemetery.  The woman seems to be fascinated with the place.  The man is dismissive, saying that funerals are an expensive, waste of time.  The woman believes that there is something after death.  The man is cynical, saying that once you’re dead, you’re dead.  As any couple would do after having a theological conversation, the two of them enter a crypt and make love.

While they’re busy making love, we discover that there actually are others in the cemetery.  There’s a clown that places flowers on a grave.  There’s a mysterious man who has been watching the couple as they walk among the graves.  (In the credits the man is called “Le vampire,” though he never actually does anything in the film that would indicate that he’s a bloodsucker.)  And then there’s the old woman who, as night falls, promptly closes the cemetery gates.

When the man and the woman emerge from the crypt, they discover that they are trapped.  There’s no way to open the gate and there’s no way to get out of the cemetery.  The two of them start to walk around, searching for either an exit or, at the very least, some sort of shelter for the night.  As they walk, strange things start to happen and we’re forced to reconsider our previous assumptions about not only the man and the woman but also the cemetery itself.  Did they enter the cemetery on a whim or did one of them specifically lead in the other?  As the night progresses, the feeling of impending doom only grows.  It all leads to a rather macabre fate for one of our lovers and a dance among the tombstones for another.

The Iron Rose is one of Jean Rollin’s best films and, sadly, it’s also one of his most unjustly obscure.  Even by the standards of Rollin’s early vampire films, The Iron Rose is a surreal film, one that is far more interested in creating a haunting atmosphere than in telling a traditional story.  What is the real reason that leads to the man and the woman entering the cemetery?  The Iron Rose is full of hints but, for most part, it’s left to the audience to answer that question for themselves.  The film’s haunting final scenes force us to reconsider everything that we previously assumed by the characters and their actions.  Are they obsessed with love or are they just in love with death?  There are no easy answers.

Obviously, a 90-minute film about two people walking around a cemetery is going to have some slow spots but, in this case, those occasional moments just add to the film’s ennui-drenched atmosphere.  As filmed by Rollin, the cemetery becomes as important a character as both the man and the woman and a reminder that the present is always going to be tied to the past.  The Iron Rose is Rollin at his dream-like best.

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 Films: The Iron Rose, Fascination, Night of the Hunted, 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 is all about letting the visuals do the talking.

All of the shots in my latest entry in 4 Shots From 4 Films come from movies that were directed by the great (and sadly underappreciated) French director Jean Rollin.  Several of Rollin’s films are available for viewing on Netflix.  Track them down and, when you get the chance, be sure to read my review of Rollin’s Night of The Hunted!

4 Shots From 4 Films

The Iron Rose (1973, dir by Jean Rollin)

The Iron Rose (1973, dir by Jean Rollin)

Fascination

Fascination (1979, dir by Jean Rollin)

Night of the Hunted (1980, dir by Jean Rollin)

Night of the Hunted (1980, dir by Jean Rollin)

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

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