The Shiver of the Vampire is a most unorthodox vampire film; by turns, it is magical, eccentric, poetical, erotic, philosophical and, whenever the vampire cousins are onscreen together, surprisingly funny. It is also unique among vampire films for offering some sort of backstory of warring paganism and Christianity that explains why a vampire would feel revulsion for the sight of a crucifix.
Of all Rollin’s films, Shiver is also the most visually inventive, furnished with bizarre bric-a-brac and with each of the castle’s rooms denoted by a different colour, possibly in homage to Roger Corman’s The Masque of Red Death.
The film teems with startling images included almost for their own sake, such as Sandra Julien visiting a cemetary in her bridal gown and moving amongst the headstones like a ghost, or the contrast between her white gown and the widow’s weeds worn by Isabelle (Nicole Nancel). The vampire Isolde (Dominique) is also a striking character, always manifest at the stroke of midnight to emerge in a startling variety of ways: rising from a well, coming down the chimney like Santa Claus, or in one of Rollin’s most celebrated scenes, popping out of the works of a grandfather clock.
Mastered in HD from the 35mm negative
English dubbed version
+B6French with optional English subtitles
Introduction by Jean Rollin (2 minutes)
Interview with Jean Rollin by Dr Patricia MacCormack (39 minutes)
20-page booklet with an essay by Tim Lucas, editor of Video Watchdog
French and English theatrical trailers
Original trailers of four other Rollin films
France 1971 Colour 95 min 1.66:1
1920 x 1080p
Produced and Directed by Jean Rollin
Screenplay by Jean Rollin and Monique Natan
Director of Photography: Jean-Jacques Renon
Music by Acanthus
With Sandra Julien, Jean-Marie Durand, Jacques Robiolles, Marie-Pierre Castel
Produced for video by Bret Wood.