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The Living Dead Girl, a review by Danae Cassandra




The Living Dead Girl (La Morte Vivante)
Year of Release: 1982
Directed By: Jean Rollin
Starring: Marina Pierro, Françoise Blanchard
Genre: Horror

Overview:
THE LIVING DEAD GIRL (La Morte Vivante) is the story of Catherine Valmont (Françoise Blanchard), a wealthy heiress dead before her time, who is accidentally reanimated when some unfortunate movers attempt to store drums of chemical waste in the neglected burial vaults below her uninhabited chateau. Rollin's "living dead girl" does everything that cinematic convention requires—she kills people, drinks human blood, devours human flesh—yet, for all this, we accept her as an innocent. Meanwhile, the effect that resurrection has upon her childhood friend Hélène (Marina Pierro), is infinitely more conscious, deliberate, and evil.

Bloodier and more violent than his own tastes preferred, THE LIVING DEAD GIRL, forced Rollin to work against the grain in his own preferred genre—and he transformed himself in the process. In the unsettling, bloody finale, Blanchard's performance was so intense, so extreme minutes confused appetite, revulsion, and glee, the take was nearly interrupted out of concern for the actress's mental health. It's one of the most emotionally in century finales in horror film history.

My Thoughts:
I'd seen two of Rollin's films before this (Iron Rose and Lips of Blood) and really enjoyed his style. I was leery going into this one, since everyone talks about this film featuring much more gore than most of Rollin's filmography. That is definitely true - there is a lot of blood, quite a bit of gore, and the camera lingers over it, especially in the last scene. It does feel somewhat excessive, but it might not be. It offers a contrast with the beautiful visuals Rollin sets up. The shots of Catherine walking in the field in her white dress are gorgeous. Setting aside the gory bits, you do see Rollin's dreamy, atmospheric qualities here - the girls with the music box, the scene of Helene washing Catherine, the set up of the chateau and crypts.

It also packs a surprisingly emotional punch for a horror film. The story of Catherine and Helene's love for one another and the tragedy of what happens to them has a greater depth then you might be expecting, especially if you aren't familiar with Rollin or have only heard about his reputation for erotica.

As I said in my reviews of the other two Rollin films I watched, I can't give this a blanket recommendation. The gore would likely appeal to fans of more traditional horror, but the parts in between kills are much slower and focus on creating atmosphere and growing tragedy - there's little action and no jump scares.

Watched For: Scavenger Hunt #18, Hoop-tober 3.0

Bechdel Test: Pass
Mako Mori Test: Pass

Overall: 3.5/5

(From Horror/Halloween 2016 Challenge on October 1st, 2016)

Member's Reviews

Carrie (2013), a review by Silence_of_Lambs


Carrie (2013)  



Summary:
A reimagining of the classic horror tale about Carrie White (Chloë Grace Moretz), a shy girl outcast by her peers and sheltered by her deeply religious mother (Julianne Moore), who unleashes telekinetic terror on her small town after being pushed too far at her senior prom.


My Thoughts:
This is a remake nobody needs.
It is stuck somewhere in the middle between "Pretty in Pink" gone bad and a half-hearted attempt on the 1976 version by DePalma.
Granted, it is hard to do a new version of a genre-classic and then actually improve the original, or even add a new twist. But what Peirce is delivering here doesn't achieve any of these two basic goals.
Possibly she only wanted to get a PG rating, but managed to fail even on this.
Moretz seems to be overstrained, or at least has watched the 1976 version too often. Her imitation of Spacek's interpretation is (especially in the ballroom sequence) so obvious that it could be funny, if it wasn't that sad.

Unneeded, uncalled for and if it wasn't for the ambitioned acting of Julianne Moore my rating would be even lower.

It seems that Moretz should reconsider her appearances in remakes.
This now is the second time you can see this gifted talent in an (at best) mediocre remake.



My Rating: (out of possible 5)


(From Michael's random reviews on February 4th, 2015)

Member's TV Reviews

Angel Marathon, a review by addicted2dvd


Angel: Season 1

20. War Zone
Original Air Date: 5/9/2000
While working a blackmail case, Angel encounters Charles Gunn, the leader of a gang of street kids battling a nest of vampires who've settled in their neighborhood.

Guest Stars:
Michele Kelly
Maurice Compte
Mick Murray
Joe Basile
David Herman
J. August Richards

My Thoughts:
And we finally meet Charles Gunn... who becomes part of the main cast in season 2. Until I watched this episode again this morning I forgot that Gunn had a sister and what happened to her. This is a good strong episode. I enjoyed it.

My Rating:

(From Angel Marathon on February 28th, 2010)