Wednesday, July 6, 2011

A Virgin Among the Living Dead (1973)

A Virgin Among the Living Dead
This is a slow and surreal film by legendary exploitation director Jess Franco.  I want to emphasize "slow."   It's so slow that it's difficult to stay awake at times even with so many boobies on the screen, and they are boobies of very high quality.  That's what this film has going for it: boobies... well, boobies and untamed '70s bush.  Britt Nichols, Christina von Blanc and the other ladies are indeed lovely, and usually in various states of undress.

Don't let the poster art fool you.  A Virgin Among the Living Dead has nothing to do with zombies.  Well, at least the original version didn't have zombies but when the film was re-released in 1981 at the height of the zombie movie craze, Jean Rollin filmed some sequences with people crawling out from under piles of leaves with crappy white paint on their faces and tattered clothes and called them zombies.  These scenes were then haphazardly inserted into the film and make no sense whatsoever.  Rollin had no idea that these scenes would be used for the film, he was just instructed by the studio to film some zombie stuff so that's what he did.

"Want some rye?  'Course ya do!"
Christina (Christina von Blanc) is a young woman from London who visits her reclusive family after she receives a letter from her uncle informing her that her father is dead and that she should be there for the reading of the will.  She has never known her family because her mother died when she was young and she was raised in boarding schools.  When she arrives at the local inn to spend the night before traveling to the family estate, the innkeeper tells her that nobody lives in that castle anymore.  That doesn't seem right, but whatever.  After a troubled sleep, Christina is picked up by a dim-witted mute (Jess Franco) and taken to the castle.  All of her family members act very strangely and that's because they're all dead... or undead.  They're not zombies and not exactly vampires although some do have a taste for blood.  I guess that would make them ghosts; strange, rapey, satanic-ritual performing ghosts.  Anyway, Christina is in for a hell of a time as she sees visions of her hanged father, dead bats on her bed and blood-licking sex acts. Other times she wakes up from nightmares to find half-naked family members staring at her or a giant black dildo on the floor, etc.  You know, the usual family reunion stuff.

A Virgin Among the Living Dead is a surreal, haunting film but, as I mentioned before, it can be painfully slow and it certainly won't appeal to many.  But watch it for the boobies.  They're terrific.

Violence Rating: 3 out of 5
Booby Rating: 4 out of 5


And here's one of Jean Rollin's zombies


A Virgin Among the Living Dead
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22 comments:

GMSoccerPicks said...

The ladies are lovely indeed hahaha the zombies look crappy, but the movie looks just fine. i keep reading your reviews and wondering if there is anywhere where i can watch those online. i would LOVE to find a site to watch those.

Trey said...

Another fine film from the Jess Franco family of "classics." His is an uncompromising vision.

Michael Arsenault said...

This movie looks kinda messed up, but seems to have potential. High quality boobies are always a must!

Brother Joseph said...

Run you Nhekid Bimbo you!
Get Her Boys!
LOL!

Bart said...

i doubt shes a virgin and yes

Mr. Cactus said...

This is going to be my next grindhouse pick for sure.

ebm93 said...

It isn't exactly my style, but it's a good review.

Dave said...

Love me some Jess Franco.

Come At Me Bro said...

This is great!

The Angry Lurker said...

Always for the boobies but virgins?

Electric Addict said...

high boobie rating lol

iNews said...

Nice post, thank you!
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The Onion Gypsy said...

agree with ebm93 :)

-E- said...

i've actually seen this one! my friends and i just made fun of it the whole way through so it was pretty entertaining.

Bonjour Tristesse said...

I've had this one in my collection for years but still haven't got around to watching it. One day I'm going to have a Franco marathon.

Will said...

hahah, very nice spin-off!

Jay said...

who doesn't love a family reunion? ;)

StigmataHandjob said...

Fucking love your reviews. Now I have to see this one too.

D4 said...

See, don't get me wrong, I love boobies, but there's so many ways I could see them. Bush is a little harder to find, but also a little less wanted. And then slowness? It might burn me, Banacek.

tamezisclutch said...

I don't know about you guys but the older scary movies are the more funny they seem.

movie68 said...

Eh, I hate slow paced movies might have to skip this one even with a decent booby rating

Henry said...

I have to agree with D4

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