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also known as La morte vivante

The Living Dead Girl1982

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  • 3.6
  • passes the bechdel test
Tim Lucas writes, "THE LIVING DEAD GIRL is the story of Catherine Valmont, 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. Jean 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 her resurrection has upon her childhood friend, Hélène, 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 in its 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 incendiary finales in horror film history."

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This movie is a pretty intense ride. The blood flows pretty liberally throughout. There is lots of nudity. In other words, it's your typical Jean Rollin flick.

The camera really lingers on the bodies as poor old Catherine does her living dead business on them. The screams of the victims just go on and on. I haven't squirmed this much during a gory horror film in a long time.

The sets and locations play with the gothic horror tradition, as does Catherine's stunning white burial dress. The addition of the "toxic waste" storyline at the film's beginning seems out of place with the rest of the flick, but I suppose we needed a reason for Catherine's reawakening.

Well done movie that really pays off. Highly recommended!

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French B-horror master Jean Rollin offers us another dose of blood, sexy girls, and eeriness. Not as great as "La nuit des traquees" (his masterpiece) but still pretty great!

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This is a fun low investment late night horror film that will have you squirmming in your seat and laughing at the same time. There are plenty of extended death scenes involving of coughing and squirting throughout. Jean Rollins and his effects team are a little too proud of their fleshy visual effects, as evidenced by camera placement. Watching the living dead girl cry in agony as she fights the urge to devour another pinky finger is really something else.

There is some heart to the film, tho. The relationship between the two best friends takes an unexpected dynamic that while grisly, is nonetheless a little heartwarming, if you are looking for that sort of thing in these types of movies. .

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This movie is a pretty intense ride. The blood flows pretty liberally throughout. There is lots of nudity. In other words, it's your typical Jean Rollin flick.

The camera really lingers on the bodies as poor old Catherine does her living dead business on them. The screams of the victims just go on and on. I haven't squirmed this much during a gory horror film in a long time.

The sets and locations play with the gothic horror tradition, as does Catherine's stunning white burial dress. The addition of the "toxic waste" storyline at the film's beginning seems out of place with the rest of the flick, but I suppose we needed a reason for Catherine's reawakening.

Well done movie that really pays off. Highly recommended!

2 members like this review
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When a chemical spill turns angelic Catherine into a zombie in her familial castle crypt, her blood-sister (and maybe past lover) Helene tries to save her. As Helene’s love and care awaken Catherine's humanity, it’s unclear who is the real monster. Slow, straightforward story of the friendship with largely non-erotic nudity and limited gore (though one cannibalism scene is horrifying).

This Film is so great i watched on my first time when it was on cine fx

I felt as though a reasonably good story - the relationship of the two women and how they dealt with the situation - was made into a standard low-budget slasher. Worth watching if you like slashers, but not worth bothering otherwise.

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Social commentary, sexiness and gore...one of Jean Rollin's best (and most accessible) works. The climax invokes pathos and horror in equal measure, something I had not expected. Highly recommended.

A beautiful tale of love, loss and blood. <3

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