Jean Rollin's first feature, the surreal, and stunning, Rape of the Vampire, out on Blu-ray!
The Rape of the Vampire, shot in 1967 and premiered at the height of the turmoil that gripped France in 1968, is Jean Rollin's first feature film and his first filmic interpretation of the vampire legend. Shot in black and white in two halves, Rape of the Vampire, so shocked its film audiences in Paris that Rollin was chased out of the cinema and pursued by a hostile mob of enraged cinephiles and thus established himself as a true outsider. From there on Rollin continued to pursue and create his filmic, vampire fantasies regardless of the baying mobs and critics that dogged his work. Now, finally, Rape of the Vampire is released by Redemption as it should be, in high definition and with the black and white tones perfectly reproduced. Also included with this great release are Jean Rollin's first two short films, Les Amours jaunes (The Yellow Loves, 1958, 9 minutes) and Les Pays loin (The Far Country, 1965, 16 minutes)