Written by: Michael Den Boer on March 3rd, 2009
Theatrical Release Date: France, 1971
Director: Jean Rollin
Writer: Jean Rollin
Cast: Marie-Pierre Castel, Mireille Dargent, Philippe Gasté, Dominique, Louise Dhour, Michel Delesalle, Antoine Mosin, Agnès Petit, Olivier François, Dominique Toussaint, Agnes Jacquet, Anne-Rose Kurra, Paul Bisciglia
DVD released: February 24th, 2009
Approximate running time: 83 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
The film opens with a frantic car chase / shootout in which two girls dressed like clowns narrowly escape their pursuers. Once again Jean Rollin uses very little dialog to further the plot. The reason behind the car chase / shootout involving the two girls in not revealed until half way through the film. Also very little is revealed about the vampire cult that the two girls encounter. The film’s loose narrative kind of plods along with the bulk of the story consisting of mundane events like a scene where one of the girls seduces a man while the other steals some food from him.
Visually Jean Rollin’s direction has a silent film like quality that suits the film sparse dialog. Two of the film’s most satisfying scenes include a graveyard scene where one of the girls is almost buried alive and a dungeon orgy with the vampire cult that is appropriately shot with red lighting. Outside of the films two lead actress Mireille Dargent (The Iron Rose, Demoniacs, Lips of Blood) and Marie-Pierre Castel (The Nude Vampire, The Shiver of the Vampires, Bacchanales sexuelles, The Seduction of Amy, Lips of Blood), none of the other cast leave a lasting impression. Ultimately Requiem for a Vampire is an uneven film that feels more like a melting pot of randomness that never establishes a clear direction.
Redemptions Films presents Requiem for a Vampire in an anamorphic widescreen that retains the film’s original aspect ratio. Colors, black levels and flesh tones fare well. Print damage and edge enhancement is kept to a minimum. Just like Redemption Film’s other Jean Rollin DVD’s the transfer for this DVD is interlaced and not flagged for progressive playback. While there is some instances of blurring / ghosting, it is never excessive and the image remains stable throughout.
This release comes with one audio option a Dolby Digital mono mix in French and removable English subtitles have been included. The subtitles are easy to read and follow; I did notice a few minor grammatical errors. Overall the audio is in good shape with no problems with distortion or any other audio defects.
Extras for this release include English and French trailers that are essentially the same trailers expect the titles / writing in each trailer is in English and French, respectively. Other extras include a stills gallery with sixteen images. The main extra included with this release is a ten minute interview with Louise Dhour who discusses working with Jean Rolling on Demoniacs and Requiem for a Vampire, working with director Edouard Molinaro and her love of cinema. This interview is in French and removable English subtitles have been included. Also include with this release are trailers for other Redemption titles that are also available on DVD. Overall Requiem for a Vampire gets a good DVD from Redemption Films, at a more than affordable price.