Jean Rollin, 1979
Fascination is often described as a vampire film yet, like few other horror films, it is actually about blood fetishism. Set in 1905, the story concerns a group of aristocratic women who acquire more epicurean tastes after drinking ox’s blood as a cure for anemia. Some erotic component was usually imposed on Rollin by meddling producers, forcing him to add ill-fitting sex scenes into his productions, but here – more so than anywhere else in his filmography – the erotic scenes feel truly organic to the story. Due in large part to the sensuality and chemistry of Brigitte Lahaie (a popular European porn star in her second legitimate role for Rollin) and Franca Mai (subsequently a singer, producer-director of short films, web mogul and novelist), they are also classically lovely and legitimately erotic.
Playful, elegantly crafted and brimming with some of the most unforgettable images in his filmography, Fascination embodies Jean Rollin at his very best – venturing outside his usual comfort zones and extending the definition of his filmic universe in the process.
Mastered in HD from the 35mm negative
French with optional English subtitles
Two deleted sex scenes (16 minutes in total)
“Virgins and Vampires”, a 24 minute profile
of Rolli, with extensive interview, from the TV
Introduction by Jean Rollin (2 minutes)
20-page booklet with an essay by Tim Lucas, editor of Video Watchdog
Original theatrical trailer
Original trailers of four other Rollin films
France 1979 Colour 81 min 1.66:1
Written and Directed by Jean Rollin
Produced by Joe De Lara
Director of Photography: Georgie Fromentin
Music by Philippe d’Aram
With Brigitte Lahaie, Franca Mai, Jean-Marie Lemaire, Cyril Val
Produced for video by Bret Wood.
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