FOR A VAMPIRE (aka: CAGED
VIRGINS) (VIERGES ET VAMPIRES)
(director/writer: Jean Rollin; cinematographer: Renan Pollès;
editor: Michel Patient; music: Pierre Raph; cast: Mireille Dargent (Michelle),
Marie-Pierre Castel (Marie), Philippe Gaste (The Last Vampire),
Louise Dhour (Louise),
Dominique Toussaint (Erica);
Runtime: 88; MPAA Rating: R; producer: Sam Selsky;
Salvation Films; 1973-France-in French with English
"Sleazy dream-like fairy tale lesbian vampire flick."
Reviewed by Dennis Schwartz
sleazy dream-like fairy tale lesbian vampire flick was
favorably received by fans of French director Jean
Orphan Vampires"/"Fascination"/"The Nude Vampire") as one of his better cult
films. If this is one of his better films, I'd hate to
see his lesser ones. I'm someone who has not acquired
a taste for his unique film-making and fail to get why
some consider him a great artist. The exploitation
film was shot as soft-core porn and has many surreal
shots (such as a vampire turning into a bat clinging
to pubic hair), with all the sex scenes failing to be
erotic. The lame story had little dialogue, it failed
to make much sense, was mostly a raunchy bore, and the
acting was wooden.
It opens with teenage
girls, Michelle (Mireille Dargent) and Marie (Marie-Pierre Castel), for some unexplained
reason dressed as clowns, toting guns and on the lam.
They are making a getaway by car from what I would
guess is a school (only because the girls later change
into their sexy school uniforms). After escaping a
shootout car chase the girls douse their fatally
wounded male accomplice driver with gasoline and blow
up the car with him in it. They next rob a motorcycle,
and while one of the girls lures a curbside food
vendor into the nearby woods for sex the other loots
his food wagon. Next the bad girls stumble upon a
cemetery, and then enter a chateau. Bitten by a bat,
the girls learn they're in a castle that's a refuge
for vampires. They take a break from their exciting
adventure to make love to each other.
The chateau residents include an aging philosophic ancient vampire (Philippe Gaste), calling himself the last of his breed, his mistress Erica (Dominique Toussaint), a woman vampire instructor named Louise (Louise Dhour) and three wannabe in-training brutish male vampires hanging around the place to see if they can gain vampire powers. The hairy male trainee vampires chain and molest the girls in the castle dungeon and then force them to lure fresh vics into the castle so the coven of vampires can get a midnight snack.
The girls are told by the
pathetic Last Vampire that they will be initiated as
virgins in a ceremony to be vampires (only virgins in
this vampire pic are eligible to become vampires) and
thereby the blood sucking race will carry on in the
future. But when Marie refuses to go along with the
plan and is seduced by nice local outsider Frédéric to lose her virginity,
she's tortured by the 'anxious to be a vampire'
Michelle to reveal where Frédéric is
hiding on the grounds. When the girls decide to make
nice to each other and team up again, the two
unsympathetic girls must fight their way out of the
chateau grounds in their desire to return to the
The damsels in distress
horror pic ends with things getting resolved, but who
really cares? At least the superficial film is
proficiently shot, as the location shots of the lush
rolling hills in the French countryside were
photographed in an arty way and the castle ruins
invaded by bats got my attention.
REVIEWED ON 7/17/2012 GRADE: C
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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