“If it’s fantastique it has to be erotic, way out and fabulous. Linear narrative and logic are always ignored in a fantastique film. The pictorial, the excessive and the irrational are privileged factors. If it does have a structure, it’s the structure of a crazy dream. A dream full of potent, frightening and sometimes inexplicable images. With logic and rationality out of the way, the repressed takes centre stage”
– Cathal Tohill and Pete Tombs, Immoral Tales: Sex and Horror Cinema in Europe, 1956-1984
The Devil’s Nightmare / La plus longue nuit du diable
Jean Brismée | Belgium / Italy | 1971 | 95 minutes
Seven tourists staying in a European castle overnight are victims of a helper of the devil. Is Satan willing to spare their souls?
Daughters of Darkness / Les lèvres rouges
Harry Kümel | Belgium / France / West Germany | 1971 | 100 minutes
A newlywed couple are passing through a vacation resort. Their paths cross with a mysterious, strikingly beautiful countess and her aide.
The Sadist Has Red Teeth / Le sadique aux dents rouges
Jean-Louis van Belle | France | 1971 | 75 minutes
Daniel gets out of the hospital where he has been cured for “vampirical obsessions”. But his life takes a weird turn as he transforms into a vampire and starts to kill women. Despite his young fiancee’s support, Daniel’s fate is definitely doomed…
Don’t Deliver us from Evil
Joël Séria | France | 1971 | 102 minutes
Anne and Lore, neighbors and best friends, barely into their teens, board at a convent school where they have taken a vow to sin and to serve Satan. Anne keeps a secret diary, they read a salacious novel, they get a classmate in trouble, they spy on the nuns, they set aside their communion wafers; they make a pact of devotion. Summer vacation starts: Anne’s parents leave her alone with the servants for two months at the family château…
Anthony Balch, the director of Bizarre and Horror Hospital, promoted this as ‘The French film banned in France”
Seven Women for Satan / Les week-ends maléfiques du Comte Zaroff
Michel Lemoine | France | 1976 | 82 minutes
Boris Zaroff (writer and director Lemoine) is a modern businessman who is haunted by his past. His father was the notorious Count Zaroff of The Most Dangerous Game fame. Consequently, Boris is subject to hallucinations and all-too-real social lapses which normally involve sadistic harm to beautiful naked young women. His butler is sworn to indoctrinating him into the evils of the family line, and their castle’s torture dungeon proves quite useful in this regard. However, Boris is periodically lured away from his destiny by the romantic apparition of the deceased countess who previously owned the castle.
Jean Rollin | France |1979 | 88 minutes
This erotic horror film, set in 1916, tells the story of a thief who seeks refuge in a castle owned by two women. The women are seductive and teasing, but turn out to be part of a vampire cult of blood-drinking aristocrats. Think Feuillade with nudity and sex..