I Have A “Fascination” With Brigitte Lahaie!
Sometimes a single image is all it takes to make a film a classic – like this one:
Brigitte Swings A Big Scythe!
When I saw this image, I had to see the movie – it’s 1979’s “Fascination”, directed by Jean Rollin…and it’s available on DVD!
And that’s not all: Severin Films is releasing a collection of Brigitte’s most coveted films, like this!
Born Brigitte Vanmeerhaeghe, Brigitte Lahaie is a French radio talk show host, mainstream film actress and former “Adult film star” as well!
Brigitte Is “The Female Executioner!”
This mainstream 1986 action thriller is now on sale thanks to Severin Films!
Here’s the plot: Brigitte plays Martine, a tough female cop trying to solve the kidnapping of young Caroline by a gang of pornographers. Of course, she finds time to take nude saunas and more!
Here is a highlights teaser of the film:
While Brigitte has many non-adult film credits, she is most known for her XXX-rated work – she started in the adult film industry in 1976, one year after the legalization of hardcore pornography in France…
Once in the adult film industry, Director Jean Rollin directed her in the porn film “Vibrations Sensuelles” (Sensual Vibrations) in 1976.
He said that Lahaie had “distinctly different personality,” and thought she had “incredible charisma.”
The Director offered her a role in his 1978 mainstream film, “Les Raisins de la Mort” (Grapes of Death) which wikipedia says was the first gore film produced in France!
Obviously, Lahaie had no problem with nudity, but the camera loved her, and next up, Rollin had her star in the cult classic “Fascination!”
“Fascination” is set in 1905, when a thief seeks refuge in a castle owned by two women, who turn out to be part of a vampiric cult of blood-drinking aristocrats!
Here’s a trailer for a special live musical accompaniment of the film, and gives you a good sense of the moody, erotic horror in display:
Jean Rollin is a fascinating filmmaker: his movies are somewhat slow moving, moody, and filled with lots of nudity and blood…
Around this same time, Brigitte also appeared in the film “The Night Of The Hunted” by Director Rollin as well.
A woman is taken to a mysterious clinic where patients are losing their memories due to a strange illness. The film gave Lahaie multiple opportunities to be nude.
Among her other credits are films with titles like these:
“Six Swedish Girls in a Boarding School”
As you can see, sex comedies, erotic dramas and adult content was her specialty:
“Secrets Of A French Maid”
It seems like everyone did a “women in prison” film, and that includes Brigitte!
Lahaie has had quite an eclectic career, including releasing original music:
In 1987 she recorded and released the single “Caresse tendresse” (“Caress tenderness”).
Lahaie also published several books, and has been the focus of books as well.
In a 1996 interview, she addressed her career in adult films:
“I don’t mind talking about those films. I owe a lot to them. They made me famous, and it would be ridiculous to deny that. I was the first French sex star, after all, so I certainly have to carry this reputation with me. I loved the job, and it was really important for me to have done it. I was very shy, very unsure of myself, and doing those films gave me a lot of self-confidence. However, I have done many other things since, so it’s a bit odd that people are still mainly interested in this aspect of my life.”
This book is also available at Severin as well!
She was a captivating Model and Actress, and now lives outside Paris. There are a number of great remastered films with her that you can buy as well.
“Fascination” is just one of the great Jean Rollin films that you should check out…here’s another one:
He’s got a number of great horror films – including this one with Sex Kitten Francoise Blanchard:
Here’s an in-depth look at this Rollin film and this terrific Actress:
If you want to see more Jean Rollin, try this one, starring the stunningly beautiful Joelle Coeur:
She had a fascinating career as well, and click here to find out what made her leave the business:
As you know, Brigitte Lahaie isn’t the only Actress worked in both soft and hardcore films:
Sharon Kelly was in a number of great cult films before performing in hardcore films as Colleen Brennan – see her story here:
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