Meet This “Living Dead Girl!”
Images like this inspire me to seek out the film – and the Actress – involved, which led me to Francoise Blanchard!
Blanchard was a French Actress with dozens of films to her credit – but her most famous role was with legendary Director Jean Rollin – and what a shocker it is!
Let’s take a look this at this moody, bloody horror film!
“The Living Dead Girl!”
This is one of Rollin’s last films, and a real shocker. The story takes place inside a castle, where a nude young woman, Francoise Blanchard, sits at a piano and plays, covered in blood!
Here is the trailer:
“The Living Dead Girl” is a melancholy, moody bloodiest from 1982 – it is certainly Rollin’s bloodiest film…it’s the story of a young woman who comes back to life and needs human blood to survive…and you see lots and lots of that blood!
Sadly, Blanchard died in 2013, eight days before her 59th birthday. No cause of death was disclosed, but a sad loss for cult film fans.
If you’ve never heard of French Director Jean Rollin, he was a French film director, actor, and novelist – best known for his films in the “fantastique” genre, as they say in France. He specialized in atmospheric horror of the 70’s – when relaxed censorship rules in cinema allowed Directors to push the envelope!
Jean Rollin’s Cult “Artsploitation” Is “Redeemed”!
Thanks to the terrific “Redemption” series of releases – from the “Redemption Films” group – these movies are now available again – and gives each film a newly remastered look, plus tons of extras like documentaries, audio commentaries and trailers – a terrific job.
Requiem For A Vampire
Here is an early classic: on the run from a reform school, two young women commit crimes dressed as clowns.
Yes, they commit crimes dressed as clowns. How can you argue with that? Here is the clown-filled trailer:
Another of Rollins films is this classic:
Considered by many to be his masterpiece, “FASCINATION” follows a swaggering thief who hides out in a lavish chateau, holding the female occupants at gunpoint.
You can sense a trend here: Rollin’s films usually involve women who are kidnapped or held against their will – and who wreck revenge against their abductors – usually men. And they always end up in a deserted castle.
Once again, the film is filled with hynotic imagery like this:
And what I think is his most dynamic image ever captured in one of his films – the blonde on the bridge with the sickle…
This action sequence, while fairly slow moving – it is, as you know, Jean Rollin – is beautifully done and hypnotic…
Here is the trailer for the film:
Of course, the best reason to watch the film is because of the film’s star Brigitte Lahaie, who when she’s not brandishing a weapon is posing for photos like this:
She is a stunning beauty!
See more of her provocative career by clicking on my story here:
These cult gems should make you an instant Rollin fan. Sadly, he died in 2010, but all of these releases have extensive material with him, as he actively participated in these great remasters.
He introduces some of the films, takes part in commentaries, and discusses his work with passion and pride, like this one:
“The Demoniacs” is a moody, bloody gem – mostly because it stars the incredible Joelle Coeur, who gives a mesmerizing performance:
A stunner! See more of her career by clicking on my story here:
What a collection of gorgeous women!
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So bravo to Jean Rollin for giving us Cult Movie Queens like Francoise Blanchard!