This is for the 2015 (1st) edition of the list. For the 2016 (2nd) edition, go here.
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.
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!
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 she staggers uselessly through…
Enjoyment Extracted: 8/10
Technical Execution: 5/10
Got a more scarier/more uncomfortable mood than most horror films can pull off. Which is pretty impressive concidering the production value of the film, sometimes the shots were out of focus, the lighting continuity were off at times and at one point I could see a microphone at the side of the screen. Im not sure what gives it such a scary vibe, but the constant howling in the background of the soundscape, the beautyful but little used score and the great practical effects probably didn't hurt. All of these things are lacking towards the end of the movie (the last 20 minutes or so) which was kind of dissappointing and dragged the score down to 7 instead of a potential 8.
Week 8: Feb. 19-Feb. 25
Jean Rollin Week
The opening 20 minutes or so, basically from the initial outbreak to the long panning shots of the character Elisabeth running through various landscapes/vineyards, was appealing. It lost me slightly from there after. There were a couple of laughs and a few cringes but just not enough. In hindsight, and skimming back through what I've just written, I was most likely not paying attention to certain things about this film. A rewatch some day would be appropriate, me thinks. The zombie transformation via prosthetics and make-up though was top notch - just the right amount of ridiculous and not too "real" looking.
Film #8 of 2016 Cult Movie Challenge
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8. Jean Rollin Week
Holiday time on the French countryside! Even though it’s only October, Elizabeth and her new bestie are train rollin’ through the country. She’s off to see her fiancé, but her adventure is derailed by killer zombies. Pesticide has poisoned nearby grape vineyards and all the zombies are now killers. Thank goodness I don’t like wine.
Elizabeth’s journey is fairly straightforward. With chaos on the train, she has to march forth along the beautiful French countryside in order to find the vineyard where her soon to be hubby resides. Beautiful? Why yes indeed. The Grapes of Death’s backdrop amongst which it takes place is something…
The 2016 (2nd) edition of the list. You can see the original and more info here.
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