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When a group of workers, when hiding some toxic waste in an abandoned mine,
decide to better their inconme by doing a little graverobbing in the crypt next
door, little do they know that their toxic waste has revived Cahterine
(Francoise Blanchard), the freshest of the corpses, & she is pretty
bloodthisty & kills them all to feed on them ...
When she returns to her
home though - a posh castle - she realizes that the place is up for sale, &
wastes no time in killing the real estate agent & her boyfriend, too.
though Helene (Marina Pierro), her oldes & best friend from earliest
childhood onwards, shows up, too, but far from being shocked that Catherine has
turned into a bloodthirsty living dead, she lets her feed of her own blood,
& later even brings her in some victims as food - even though Catherine
begs her to let her die for good ...
Meanwhile, in the next village,
photographers Barbara (Carina Barone) & Greg (Mike Marshall) have taken
some photos of Catherine, rather by coincidence, & now Barbara wants to
find out more about her, to possible make some more photos of her, but everyone
tells Barbara that Catherine has been dead for 2 months now.
Barbara is not
content with that though & decides to go to Catherine's castle on her own -
which almost proves fatal, as Helene guards her friend - by using force if
Only just can Barbara escape, but she's not willing to give up,
& when she, at a village festival, finds Helene on the prowl again, &
now she persuades Greg that the 2 of them will follow Helene back to the castle
together - & this time it proves to be really fatal, as Helene sets Barbara
on fire & splits Greg's head with an axe.
Catherine in the meantime frees
the girl Helene brought for her to feed on though & tries to drown herself.
But Helene saves her once more & allows her to feed on herself - even if
that means certain death for Helene ...
Jean Rollins attempt to
update his familiar themes - erotic vampires, &/or lethal girls set against
an almost lyrical background - & place them in a (then) contemporary
context did unfortunately fail on almost all accounts. Above all were the 80's
- with their atrocious fashion & hairdos - an ill-suited canvas for him to
paint on, secondly the then current reliance on cheap but bloody gore-effects
were neither convincing nor did they sit well with Rollin's directorial style,
& thirdly do all the main actors lack both charisma & talent to carry