Fascination

Fascination

A FILM BY: Jean Rollin
WRITTEN BY: Jean Rollin
STARRING: Franca Maï, Brigitte Lahaie, Jean-Marie Lemaire

Author Matthew Clark presents a three film series of Jean Rollin films in conjunction with his book/LP release Cathode Love.

One of Rollin's most clever and prescient takes on the vampire genre depicts a coven of aristocratic women feeding on blood as "health tonic", whose taste for ox blood can no longer satisfy.  Meeting annually, "outside society", at a private chateau, they await an unsuspecting male victim, when an enterprising thief escapes into the woods to this remote chateau to "escape" danger.  Taking the two innocent chambermaids hostage, a sadistic game of sexual and mental manipulation begins to unfold as he awaits the cover of nightfall to leave the chateau.  Just as the secretive evil is hinted to arrive at the chateau.  FASCINATION employs the dark surrealism of Rollin's work with a role-reversing play on "captive" and "captor", done with pacing that is at times almost transcendent, and, the film contains some of Rollin's most potent, surreal, and dramatic imagery...with a haunting score to match.

In French with English subtitles

Technical Information

Production Year: 1979
Country of Origin: France
Language: French
Run Time: 80 mins
Format: 35mm