Year: 1970

Duration: 01:21:28

Directed by: Jean Rollin

Actors: Maurice Lemaître, Caroline Cartier, Ly Lestrong, Bernard Musson

Language: French (English subs)

Country: France

Also known as: La vampire nue, La vampira nuda, The Naked Vampire

Description: From the title and the opening sequence of ‘La Vampire Nue’ it looks like you’re in for a dreamlike erotic nudie vampire flick ala Jess Franco (which is not a bad thing mind you!). Very quickly though it metamorphoses into something more complex, and difficult to categorize. The mysterious and sensual title character played by Caroline Cartier actually has very little to do on screen, but is the key to the mysterious events involving scientists studying immortality, and a surreal suicide cult. A young man discovers his father is somehow involved in a secret society who favour animal masks and (apparent) murder. When he investigates he finds that not everything is as it seems, and that the enigmatic, mute beauty at the centre of it may hold the key to the future of mankind’s evolution. A very strange, poetic and unique piece of 60s exploitation, quite unlike any other. I was fascinated by the whole thing. Highly recommended to fans of the offbeat and unusual.

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