aka Les Raisins De La Mort (Original Title), The Raisins Of Death
90 min., 1978
Written by Jean-Pierre Bouyxou/Jean Rollin/Christian Meunier
Directed by Jean Rollin
My rating: ★
Huh, what, I’m awake! Is something going on?
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We start with some guys spraying a field, we then cut to one of them named Kowalski who is complaining about a fever and his neck hurting. Then we cut to two girls on a train, Brigitte (Evelyne Thomas), who is going to Spain, and Élizabeth (Marie George Pascal), who is going to a town called Roublais where her fiancée, Michael (Michel Herval), works in a vineyard. They are at a stop when Kowalski gets on, kills Brigitte and starts to chase Élizabeth. She escapes into a house that has a father, Lucien (Serge Marquand), and his daughter Antoinette (Patricia Cartier). Élizabeth tries to get them to let her use their phone but Lucien says no and in the end goes crazy and kills his daughter. So Élizabeth gets away again and ends up meeting another woman named Lucy (Mirella Rancelot). Well Lucy is blind and needs some help getting back home. Back at Lucy’s home, more of the “zombie” things start “attacking”.
Overacting has never been done as bad as in this movie. No one knows how to hold his or her acting skills together. Every time anyone is on screen they just overdo everything. Their lines and their body movements are just way too overdone, nothing is done with any form of restraint. Crap, this movie needs help.
Now I realize that it was 1978, but wow the effects are crap. It really seems that no time or effort was put into them. One of them looked like pudding, another one looked like mustard, and another a whole a lot like jelly. I realize that sometimes you need to make the best with little to no money, but really?
Being called one of the first French gore films is certainly true, but does that make it good? No. Not at all. Everything was just way too drawn out with every scene being about one minute too long. There is just so much time of nothing going on and there’s nothing worth waiting around for. There is way too little that is good about this movie and way too many terrible things to even suggest watching it. Even if you have spare time, just avoid this.Have You Read...?