Available on DVD !
To buy, click on link(s) below and help keep this site afloat
Always make sure of DVD-compatibility !!!
A car is getting away from a crimescene (presumably, it's never quite
explained - and needn't be) containing 2 clowns (!) and their driver, with
another car following close behind, shooting at the first car ... but the
clowns are shooting back. Somehow the clowncar does manage to shake the
other one, but the driver is lethally wounded. The two clowns burn the car
and the driver with it, then take off through the countryside. At the
first convenient place, our clowns take off their make up and dress up and
turn out to be two teenage girls, blonde Marie (Marie-Pierre Casel) and
brunette Michelle (Mireille D'Argent).
Soon, the two are looking for a place where they can spend the night
unseen, and soon enough stumble over and old graveyard (where Michelle is
even buried alive temporarily).At first the graveyard seems a little odd
but nothing more, but when the girls go investigate a bit closer, they
stumble over a mutilated corpse, a chapel full of skeletons, and
ultimately ... vampires. Our girls try to run, or to fight the vampires,
but to no avail, soon enough they are brought to the head vampire, the
Last Vampire, and are initiated, after which they faint.
The next day our girls wake up, and their first thought is to run, but
no matter where they run, they always end up back at the vampire's castle
at the edge of the cemetary. Then they decide they have to kill the Last
Vampire, but ultimately are kept from staking him by him and his minions.
KInstead they are to be taught to be vampires and are soon ordered to lure
new victims to the vampire's domain ...
The next day, virginal Marie and Michelle use their lovely bodies to
seduce two men. But while Michelle, as told, brings her man to the castle,
where he is knocked out before he can as much as touch her nake d body,
Marie feels pity - and even love - with her victim, Frédéric (Philippe
Gasté), and allows him to deflower her just outside the castle, then
hides him somewhere at the cemetary ... and at night she claims she did
not find any victim. But when the Last Vampire checks, he finds out Marie
is no longer a virgin, and concludes that she must hide a live man
somewhere. Soon she is whipped violently by her friend Michelle, who hates
torturing her friend - but when a fellow vampire threatens to stab the
tied up Marie, Michelle instead knocks her out and makes a daring escape
with Marie - to no real avail, since the vampires are too many, and soon
enough, they land right in front of the Last Vampire. But the Last Vampire
shows mercy: He tells them he really is the last of the old vampire race,
the others are only wannabes, only one of them is even slightly infected,
but he feels his days numbered, but he wants to put an end to that silly
thing right here and now ...
And while he lies down in his crypt to die, the girls successfully
shoot their way out of the cemetary.
On the outside, this might sound like more of the same inside of
director Jean Rollin's universe of young girls and vampires, and indeed it
is another film that blends pulp and poetry, sex and surrealism, as we are
used from Jean Rollin. Still, even in his cinematic world, the film seems
unusual, and maybe even more personal than Rollin's other films: It tells
its story in fragments at best - it doesn't tell why the girls are on the
lam, why they are dressed as clowns, why they always carry guns, why they
have to hide in a cemetary, why the vampire ahs so many followers, why the
girls suddenly find a mutilated corpse or why human arms seem to be
growing out of the walls of the vampire's castle ... and somehow the film
doesn't have to. Instead the viewer is presented with strong, lyrical
imagery, and a story that follows the logic of a strange dream, maybe a
nightmare. And amidst all that, Rollin always manages to keep the viewer
entertained ! Very possibly his best film.
Highly recommended !!