Thursday, July 26, 2012

Ever Seen a French Zombie Movie? Jean Rollin Fans, Go to Logue's

Posted By on Thu, Jul 26, 2012 at 9:56 AM

This weekend's feature in the Cult Fiction Underground screening room at Logue's Black Raven Emporium on Gallatin Road: The Grapes of Death, the 1978 splatter movie by French cult hero Jean Rollin. (Is this the first showing of a Rollin film in Nashville?) This from the DVD Drive-In site:

Even if you're not a fan of Jean Rollin's sexy surreal vampire flicks, you might like this gory but atmospheric zombie tale from the French director. Obviously owing a bit to NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD, these zombies actually don't eat human flesh — they're an infected breed that are gradually decomposing and driven to violent madness. Believe it or not, I always wondered if Rollin saw David Durston's I DRINK YOUR BLOOD, since several scenes are similar to ones in that rabid funfest.

The shocks commence when two young ladies, Elizabeth (Marie-Georges Pascal) and her friend are traveling on a seemingly deserted train. Elizabeth is left alone in a car, and in walks a strange man. Each time the camera cuts back to him, his face is in a more severe state of decomposition, until he's left with a huge, bleeding blister on his face. Elizabeth is horrified and runs out of the car as the man proceeds to chase her. Discovering that he murdered her friend, Elizabeth jumps off the train and heads into the French countryside. ...

It'll show 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday night. Admission is $5.

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