JEAN ROLLIN-UARY: Two Orphan Vampires (1997)

Lousie (Alexandra Pic) and Henriette (Isabelle Teboul) are the two orphan vampires of the title, blind and lost by day, wandering the streets of Paris for blood by night.

Based on his book Les deux orphelines vampires, Jean Rollin is a man of obsessions, coming back time and again to his nighttime world of lost bloodsuckers, a bleak place where tragedy is always close, but yet I find true joy within his films.

I also love that a copy of the Cathal Tohill and Pete Tombs book Immoral Tales: European Sex & Horror Movies 1956–1984 shows up at one point, a book that introduced me to Rollins, Franco and Larraz, a debt that I can probably never repay.

Ghouls, a female bat named Venus (Veronique Dajouti, who permanently injured her back during this scene and never sued Rollin) and werewolves live in this fairy tale and oh yes, Brigitte Lahaie and Tina Aumont.

I could wander these same foggy paths — and assuredly will — with Jean forever.

You can watch this on Kino Cult.

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