Shiver of the Vampires is like no other vampire film. Director Jean Rollin manages to mix eroticism with a fairytale quality that is truly magical and makes “Shiver” one of Rollins most celebrated films.
The grapes used to produce the wine for a village’s annual Grape Harvest Festival have been polluted by toxic chemicals that bring on a form of zombified insanity in those who drink the wine. The victim’s flesh also melts, adding another layer of torment to their crazed suffering and madness.
For director Jean Rollin, Grapes of Death was a major departure from his usual dream-like vampire films in that he set out to frighten and horrify rather than to captivate and astound, and he does so with great success. Grapes of Death also stars Rollin’s favourite actress Brigitte Lahaie.
“Rollin unearths fresh rural dread in surreal zombie poem–Creepy and Original ‘Environmentalist’ Zombie Gore!!” – Cinafilm
The Demoniacs, 1974, 93 mins
In Demoniacs, director Jean Rollin has created a violent world of rape-revenge, ghosts, and pirates; in what is for him a rare departure from his usual vampire universe.
With a brutal and disturbing opening scene and Joëlle Coeur, (Schoolgirl Hitchhikers, Seven Women for Satan), in one of her most memorable performances, the souls of two shipwrecked and then abused women return to haunt their killers, and to exact a terrible revenge on them. Whilst Demoniacs is, in places, an uneven film, it nevertheless features many of Rollin’s key trademarks, including everything from burning ships and flying religious icons, to ghosts and scenes of frenzied female masturbation by the seemingly sex-crazed Coeur!
“Succeeds by its sheer uncompromising nature”