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A Poe-like study of guilt and revenge, THE DEMONIACS (Les Démoniaques) concerns a band of ‘wreckers’ who rape and murder two young sisters, the survivors (Lieva Lone, Patricia Hermenier) of a ship they have lured into coastal rocks and plundered. The ghostly sisters haunt the Captain and obtain help from a mysterious clown (Mirielle d’Argent) who leads them to an impressive disused cathedral. There they meet a gnostic priest (Ben Zimet) standing guard over a cell that harbours the Devilhimself (Miletic Zivomir), who empowers the angelic girls sexually with the evil necessary to exact their vengeance.
If ever one of Rollin’s films was presided over by a singular compelling presence, it is that of Joëlle Coeur, the mysterious auburn-tressed female lead. As Tina the Wrecker, Coeur seems to incarnate the perverse libido, stripping and publicly pleasuring herself
while in thrall to the rape and pillage of her gruff associates.
Mastered HD from the 35mm negative
Original theatrical trailer
French with optional English subtitles
Introduction by Jean Rollin
Two deleted sex scenes (10 min.)
Additional deleted footage (2 min.)
Interview with Jean Bouyxou
Interview with Natalie Perrey
16-page booklet with an essay by Tim Lucas, editor of
Original trailers of seven other Rollin films
France 1974 Colour 100 min 1.78:1
1920 x 1080p
Written and Directed by Jean Rollin
Produced by Pierre Quérut and Lionel Wallmann
Director of Photography: Jean-Jacques Renon
Music by Pierre Raph
With Joëlle Coeur, John Rico, Lieva Lone, Patricia Hermenier,
Louise Dhour, Willy Braque, Paul Bisciglia, Miletic Zivomir
Produced for Video by Bret Wood
Special thanks to Daniel Gouyette