Written by: Michael Den Boer on January 18th, 2009
Theatrical Release Date: France, 1973
Director: Jean Rollin
Writer: Jean Rollin
Cast: Joëlle Coeur, John Rico, Willy Braque, Paul Bisciglia, Lieva Lone, Patricia Hermenier, Louise Dhour, Ben Zimet, Mireille Dargent, Miletic Zivomir, Isabelle Copejans, Yves Collignon, Véronique Fanis, Monica Swinn, Jacqueline Priest
DVD released: January 27th, 2009
Approximate running time: 91 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital Mono French
DVD Release: Redemption Films
Region Coding: Region 0 NTSC
Retail Price: $19.95
Demoniacs, was directed by Jean Rollin who is known for his abstract and atmospheric horror films laced with erotica. Those unfamiliar with the cinema of Jean Rollin might be put off by Demoniacs slow moving plot that has minimal dialog. After an opening pro-log that introduces the main players and the opening credits. The film then opens with a lengthy scene in which four thieves rape and murder two girls. This scene at nearly fourteen minutes in length sets the stage for what follows. Later on in the film the two girls come across an accursed place which houses a demonic entity that everyone in town are afraid of. When the two girls free him he gives them the powers they need to exact their revenge against the four thieves.
Visually Jean Rollin creates many mesmerizing compositions as he fully exploits the exquisite locations featured in the film. The most memorable moments in the film are the scene where the two girls give themselves the demonic entity and the films poetic ending. One of this film’s other strengths is the bevy of beauties in featured in the film and the way Jean Rolling photograph’s them. The film’s standout performance comes from an actress named Joëlle Coeur whose other notable films include I Am Frigid… Why?, Seven Women for Satan and two other collaborations with Jean Rollin, Schoolgirl Hitchhikers and Bacchanales sexuelles. Throughout the film her finest assets are thoroughly exploited. Another performance of note is an actress named Mireille Dargent whose character dresses up like a clown (she also played a clown in Jean Rollin’s The Iron Rose). Ultimately even though Demoniacs has all the ingredients that one would expect from a Jean Rollin film it is not an easy film to digest.
Redemptions Films presents Demoniacs in an anamorphic widescreen that retains the film’s original aspect ratio. Overall this is Redemption Films best looking Jean Rollin transfer to date as colors look lively, flesh tones look accurate, black levels are strong and details look sharp throughout. Edge enhancement is minimal and there are no problems with compression. This transfer’s only misstep is that it has not been flagged for progressive playback.
This release comes with one audio option a Dolby Digital mono mix in French. The audio fares well all around with no distortion or audio defects. Removable English subtitles have been included. There are a few instances where words are put to closely together during the subtitle playback. Despite this flaw the subtitles are easy enough to follow and understand.
Extras for this release include a trailer for the film, a brief stills gallery and four deleted scenes. The four deleted scenes are essentially extended scenes that feature more graphic sex. The first deleted scene is silent while that last three are in French (no English subtitles). These four deleted scenes amount to about twenty minutes of footage. Also include with this release are trailers for other Redemption titles that are also available on DVD. Overall Redemption Films re-release of Demoniacs is a good release that improves upon their previous region 1 DVD release.