Jean Rollin

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Quote from: Tenebrous Kate2009 documentary by Damien Dupont and Yvan-Pierre Kaiser. ...a straight-up, chronological survey of Rollin's career illustrated with choice clips from his films — lots of nude vampires with bikini tan lines — propelled by unobtrusive narration and peppered with comments by critics, actors and collaborators including Jean-Pierre Bouyxou, Brigitte Lahaie and Pete Tombs, author of Immoral Tales: European Sex & Horror Movies, 1956-1984, one of the first among critics and historians to champion Jean Rollin.

Directed by Damien Dupont and Yvan Pierre-Kaiser
Jean Rollin - The Stray Dreamer - IMDB
Release Date - TBD


To be released sometime next year according to this interview over at Fascination - The Jean Rollin Experience


Another short doc on Rollin from the 1999 UK TV Series "Eurotika!"


Most of the Redemption-released Jean Rollin titles are currently streaming on Fandor.

Learned about this through this supercut of various sexploitation features currently available there (Tinto Brass, Russ Meyer, Alain Robbe-Grillet, Doris Wishman, etc.)


All region, English-subtitled DVD coming July 3, 2015, and an interview with director Damien Dupont.


Awesome. thank you so much for this heads up!


via Spectacular Optical

Canadian micro-publisher Spectacular Optical is pleased to announce a new book focused on the career of French fantasy and horror filmmaker Jean Rollin, LOST GIRLS: THE PHANTASMAGORICAL CINEMA OF JEAN ROLLIN, penned by all women critics, scholars and film historians. Set to be released in the summer of 2017, this collection of essays covers the wide range of Rollin's career from 1968's LE VIOL DU VAMPIRE through his 2010 swansong, LE MASQUE DE LA MÉDUSE, touching upon his horror, fantasy, crime and sex films—including many lesser seen titles. The book closely examines Rollin's core themes: his focus on overwhelmingly female protagonists, his use of horror genre and exploitation tropes, his reinterpretations of the fairy tale and fantastique, the influence of crime serials, Gothic literature and the occult, as well as much more.

LOST GIRLS is the third book in Spectacular Optical's ongoing series of limited run film and pop culture books, which includes KID POWER! (2014) and SATANIC PANIC: POP CULTURAL PARANOIA IN THE 1980s (2015) and will precede the previously announced YULETIDE TERROR: CHRISTMAS HORROR IN FILM AND TELEVISION, which will be released in fall of 2017.

Curated and edited by Samm Deighan (DIABOLIQUE), contributors to LOST GIRLS include some of the most important critical voices to emerge over the last decade of genre journalism: Alexandra Heller-Nicholas (SENSES OF CINEMA), Kat Ellinger (DIABOLIQUE), Virginie Selavy (ELECTRIC SHEEP), Alison Nastasi (SATANIC PANIC: POP-CULTURAL PARANOIA IN THE 1980s), Marcelline Block (ART DECADES), Rebecca Booth (DIABOLIQUE), Michelle Alexander (CINEMADROME), Lisa Cunningham (THE LAUGHING DEAD: THE HORROR-COMEDY FILM FROM BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN TO ZOMBIELAND), Heather Drain (DANGEROUS MINDS), Erin Miskell (THAT'S NOT CURRENT), Gianna D'Emilio (DIABOLIQUE)—and more to be confirmed.

More details, including cover art, full table of contents, and information about the book's forthcoming crowdfunding campaign will be announced in April 2017.


About Spectacular Optical:

Owned and operated by film writer and programmer Kier-La Janisse (HOUSE OF PSYCHOTIC WOMEN) with managing editor Paul Corupe (, Spectacular Optical is a Canadian indie press that specializes in film and pop culture books, in addition to featuring articles, essays and interviews on the Spectacular Optical website on a year-round basis.


The IndieGogo campaign for 'Lost Girls: The Phantasmagorical Cinema of Jean Rollin' is now live.


One of the rewards also includes another recently published book, 'FASCINATION: The Celluloid Dreams Of Jean Rollin', available through HeadPress


Great discussion:

Daughters of Darkness Podcast - Episode 23: Immoral Tales, Part 3: Jean Rollin

QuoteIn the third part of their series inspired by Cathal Tohill and Pete Tombs' book Immoral Tales: European Sex & Horror Movies, 1956-1984, Kat and Samm explore the work of French poète maudit Jean Rollin. First, they discuss Rollin's colorful, Franju-inspired second feature, La vampire nue (1970) aka The Nude Vampire, about a suicide cult's obsession with a young female vampire. Their leader, a nefarious businessman, tries to use medical science to unlock the secret in her blood, while his son has fallen in love with her and hopes to set her free.

Also discussed is Rollin's iconic Fascination (1979), about a turn of the century cult of women who routinely drink human blood and are set upon by a young criminal who thinks he has taken them prisoner; this film encapsulated many of Rollin's favorite themes, including female agency, sexual power, and the transgressive potential of violence. Finally, Kat and Samm discuss Rollin's devastating yet poetic La morte vivante (1981) aka The Living Dead Girl, about a young woman who wakes up in an animalistic state after years of death, but is nursed back to health by her devoted childhood friend. Unfortunately, she craves human flesh and blood in order to survive, setting in motion a tragic chain of events.

Samm is editing and Kat contributed to a book on the work of Rollin — Lost Girls: The Phantasmagorical Cinema of Jean Roll — written by all female writers, critics, and historians.

Most of Rollin's films are out on blu-ray from Redemption, and are currently available streaming on Shudder


The latest issue of Jeremy Richy's Art Decades is dedicated to Jean Rollin

QuoteThis issue features a near 40 page tribute to Jean Rollin which includes a brand new interview with Francoise Pascal, the star of THE IRON ROSE! The tribute also contains interviews with several contributors of the upcoming book on Rollin, LOST GIRLS, including Samm Deighan, Michelle Alexander, Virginie Selavy and Marcelline Block.


New York's Quad Cinema is holding a retrospective October 18-23

Trailer: Très Outré: The Sinister Visions of Jean Rollin - Vimeo

QuoteFrench film history has more than its share of mavericks, but it has a special place for those few who worked in the realm of le cinéma fantastique. While Jean Cocteau and Georges Franju defined and dominated this realm, their poetics never fully succumbed to the horror genre's call of the wild—and it fell to Jean Rollin, their rightful but underrecognized heir, to take the next step with his dark, oneiric oeuvre.

Women were at the center of Rollin's cinematic universe, anchoring deliriously gothic scenarios of lust and bloodlust couched in a lush and disturbing visual style. At a time when French censorship was easing, the director had free rein to work through his sex-and-death obsessions with unprecedented explicitness, imbuing his images with a gorgeous eroticism that can lull—at least until teeth are bared, whether metaphorically or literally.

His dreamlike, seductive visuals and haunting milieus have surely influenced subsequent filmmakers who favor horror that's as serious as it is sensual. Just in time for Halloween, the Quad showcases a dozen of Rollin's unique excursions into the surreal and uncanny; we will also be screening, in an accompanying series this month, movies that share and acknowledge his aesthetic.


February 19, 2019

Jean Rollin's Dracula's Fiancee (2002) and Lost in New York (1989) on blu-ray from Kino/Redemption. Includes an audio commentary by Samm Deighan, editor of of Lost Girls: The Phantasmagorical Cinema of Jean Rollin.

Dracula's Fiancee

The film follows a vampire hunter whose pursuit of the descendants of Count Dracula leads him to a convent, where supernatural beings of a parallel world are unleashed!

Lost in New York

A modern-day Alice in Wonderland in which two siblings explore the wastelands of Manhattan.



Although its paperback iz sold out, Lost Girls: The Phantasmagorical Cinema of Jean Rollin is available as a PDF here.

There was a boardgame created by kier-la janisse; once upon a time, and very limited.

QuoteI also created a boardgame to accompany the book, called ‘Chateau des Enigmes: The Jean Rollin Mystery Boardgame’ – a ‘whodunit’ game given the Rollin treatment, complete with kooky cousins, sinister twins, crypts, coffins, candelabras, a secret passageway behind the grandfather clock and more! All the illustrations for the game were done by Jessica Seamans (who also did the cover for the book), and professionally manufactured for long-term enjoyment – available in a limited edition of only 30 copies.