Favorite horror movies for each letter. CORNY POEM INSIDE.
The Grapes of Death
When the wine flows, the terror begins…
A young woman discovers that the pesticide being sprayed on vineyards is turning people into killer zombies.
I have a rule that if I can not remember the last time I watched one of my favorite films, then it's obviously time for a revisit. When going through some of our foreign DVDs, looking for something to watch, I came across The Grapes of Death and the feeling that came over me, you would have thought I spotted an old flame amidst a sea of possibilities. I couldn't resist the urge to pick it up and watch it, for old times sake.
I think the power Jean Rollin has over me is visceral. As soon as I hear the music on the menu screen, I am transfixed and I have a physical reaction, a favorite movie shouldn't just…
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With its spurts of red blood, its green-yellow sores, and its purple clad heroine, Jean Rollin paints with the colors of a vineyard in "The Grapes of Death." A French horror film that finds zombie-esque masses roaming the French countryside, Rollin eschews his typical gauzy aesthetic and nonexistent pacing for a forward moving, quietly colorful, and mostly engaging genre outing.
The story revolves around a young woman who finds herself alone in a village peopled with the murderous near-dead. Escaping one perilous scrape after another, she teams up with two men to find safety. The narrative combines a typical zombie plotline with threads of a spreading epidemic and environmental themes. It is a compelling, somewhat layered tale.
Rollin's token stillness…
Coming home from the Languedoc region of southern France to the flat and completely "improved" landscape of the Netherlands is a little depressing, so we thought we'd hold onto the feeling a little with a revisit to a film featuring the countryside we were just enjoying. I had forgotten just how good a film it is - due in no small part to Rollin's excellent use of that amazing landscape, full of ruined stone buildings at various points of the journey, slowly returning to the rocky ground that they look to have sprung from. The performances are also top-notch, with Brigitte Lahaie showing that she's more than just a great body. There's even some clever teasing around the subject of…
Part of Hell On Earth: Horror Around The World, a 30 Days 30 Countries challenge.
Eighth stop: France
Where has this film been all my life? In fact, where has director Jean Rollin been all my life? The Grapes Of Death is my introduction to the man's work, and for sure I will be seeking out everything else he has done.
Made in 1978, before that other zombie film, which until today has never had anything close to an equal in my book, The Grapes Of Death benefits from being that rarest of zombie films that cannot be viewed through the influential filter of Romero's classic. Notable as one of France's first gore films, Rollin's direction lends it a remarkable…
One of the reasons I love Jean Rollin is purely for his ability to take a camera and shoot the beautiful landscapes and ruins of France and make them almost ethereal. The story is simple, the backdrop is stunning and The Grapes of Death has a way of transporting me to France in the 1970s. It's my favorite film.
Jean Rollin tried his hand at making his very own zombie film,which ditches his heavily sexual themes(even though there is some on-screen nudity) for a more subtle NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD inspired yarn about a young lady(Marie Georges Pascal[THE GRANDDAUGHTER'S MOEL,I AM FRIGID...WHY ?]) travelling from Paris on a vacation to the French countryside,where the town she was heading to is infected with a massive plague that has been caused by a poisonous pesticide that has been sprayed on the land's grape crops and the after effects has transformed the town's many citizens into badly deteriorating homicidal zombies. With blood drenched corpses laying everywhere,Pascal looks for a place to hide until at the grim finale she finds out that…
Isolation. Hysteria. The undying fear of death. The dread of thinking about it. The neverending and disappearing act of feeling loved. Jean Rollin’s The Grapes of Death is a shockingly annotated masterpiece gushing with scared human emotions, boiling exquisitely until it's melancholy finale.
It does horror differently than a handful of other zombie flicks out there. The gore is short and sweet and shocking; depraved and vile, but absolutely important to displaying the insanity the film’s epidemic conjures out of its victims and it's mesmerized viewers.
Les Raisins de la Mort is Jean Michel Rollin more intimate and languishing take on the zombie apocalypse.
While the first 30 minutes are absolutely insufferable with some bad acting, irritating dubbing, dumb characters, dated practical and technical effects all around, the film slowly evolves into this curious and tragic quest for survival by the land of the living dead.
Jean Rollin does have an eye for great photography and following Élisabeth played by Marie-Georges Pascal through the various rural landscapes as she stumbles upon new encounter one after another, backed up by a minimal light-hearted score and a touch of melodrama becomes this intriguing yet enjoyable cinematographic experience and a welcome addition to the horror genre.
It's worth noting I'm fluent in french and I've lived in France, the foreign aspect some people enjoyed is lost on me.
Not unlike other "infected psycho killer" movies that I've seen, but that certain quality that only Jean Rollin can bring to a movie makes it all the better.
Hace un par de semanas terminé de leer "Perverse Titillation", un libro sobre la historia del cine de explotación en Europa. El capítulo sobre Francia es casi en su mayoría sobre Jean Rollin, un joven cineasta que empujó los límites de la censura en su país. Les Raisins de la Mort es de sus películas principales, versión francesa de una película de zombies ofrece una nueva explicación para el fenómeno, la enfermedad de los muertos vivientes es causada por el producto que Francia más ama: el vino.
El resultado final es una de las películas más ingeniosas, atmosféricas y originales que he visto de zombies. Un must.
Are these zombies or people infected with the diseases that destroy grapes?
I rated this pretty high, probably too high but I loved the way it looked. It's shot in some fantastic locations and buildings.
It doesn't exactly make sense but it's tone and mood are the real show. Kinda reminds me of Black Moon (1975) in some ways. Both have the feel of being nonstop nightmares shot in awesome overcast drab landscapes. I loved the snotty wounds. looking forward to seeing this again.
sooo goood!!! soo purddy!
The 2016 Cult Movie Challenge - Week 8 - Jean Rollin week
Another week of the Cult Movie Challenge, another new frontier for me - I hadn't seen any of Jean Rollin's films prior to this, but I was excited to poke my toe into his bloodied waters, knowing that his films are generally well-liked by the horror community.
Unfortunately, and it pains me to say this, The Grapes of Death was a huge disappointment. I don't mind a slow-paced horror film if the characters, atmosphere or even just the music are good enough for the empty spaces to still hold my interest. None of that is present here. We follow Elisabeth, one of the genre's least interesting protagonists, as…
Enjoyment Extracted: 8/10
Technical Execution: 5/10
The 2016 (2nd) edition of the list. You can see the original and more info here.
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