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A mad journey into the mind of the depraved!

A mad journey into the mind of the depraved!
Recommended for devolved primates only!

Sunday, February 26, 2012


 Jean Rollin is up there with Jess Franco as one of my favorite European cult directors.  I find that his movies work best when viewed at 3AM while in a half-awake state probably due to the dream-like qualities that exist in them.  Most of his films deal with vampires or zombies or something supernatural.  This one really doesn't have any of that stuff going on but it does still have that other-worldly sensibility that his best films do.
 The story concerns a woman(Brigette Lahaie) who escapes from a hospital and gets picked up by a lucky fellow who takes her home and bangs her all night.  It seems that Brigette can't remember much of anything that's happened to her and also repeatedly forgets everything after a little while over and over again, sort of like that movie MEMENTO but without all the bullshit Hollywood trappings of that one.  She eventually gets taken back to the hospital and we find out what it's all about.  Some of the patients here do act like zombies(without any of the flesh-eating antics) so I guess that's why it's usually shoe-horned into that category.
  Most of the reviews I've seen of this compare it to an early Cronenberg film and that's pretty accurate.  Former French porn-star Lahaie looks amazingly hot as usual and we gets lots of nakedness from her.  You also get a bloody bit where a bald rapist guy gets a hammer to the skull and someone commits suicide by jamming scissors into their eyeballs which seems like a terrible way to off yourself.
 This one's worth checking out if you want to see a more down to earth realistic example of a Rollin flick with  a mystery/drama plot mixed-in with the horror elements.

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