Thursday, July 30, 2009
Redemption's Jezebel label is going to be releasing a remastered version of Rollin's 1973 film Jeunes Filles Impudiques under the title of Schoolgirl Hitchhikers. Here is the link for more information, and the cover art is above. Thanks to the folks over at Redemption/Salvation for continuing to release such rare Rollin titles.
***I have been told by Redemption that the above artwork will probably change and the final box will have a still from the newly remastered film. I have also seen where the disc will also include an exclusive new interview with Rollin on the film!
Also, here is the cover art for the upcoming re-release of The Sidewalks of Bangkok, also from Redemption.***
Sunday, July 26, 2009
Thursday, July 23, 2009
"Frédérick Durand- The legendary European firm Eurociné contacted you, in the eighties, to direct some false screen tests for a supposed on-going project of a zombie film to come. These scenes were included in Jess Franco's A virgin among the living-dead. What was your reaction to this odd fraudulent abstraction ?
Jean Rollin- It wasn't a fraudulent abstraction, just a command. Eurociné told me : « We need 15 minutes of living-dead footage. Do you want to direct it ? » I did it, I was paid, during a day. We shot 20 minutes in one day - that's not bad - and we did what he (Marius Lesoeur) wanted. It's supposed to be in A virgin among the living-dead, I don't know about it, I never saw that film. Once again, it wasn't a fraudulent abstraction - I knew from the beginning that these scenes were going to be included somewhere."
-Shocking Images, 1996-
Around the time he shot Zombie Lake for Eurocine, Jean Rollin filmed some additional footage that was eventually spliced into Jess Franco's mesmerizing 1971 production A Virgin Among the Living Dead. Image's DVD of Franco's original cut of the film (or the closest thing to it) has a section of 'deleted scenes' that reportedly contain the footage Rollin shot. According to Immoral Tales, Tim Lucas was among the first to discover that it was Rollin whom had shot this Zombie footage, and it seems a pretty good bet that the stills below taken from the Image disc represent it, although I am not sure if it has ever been totally verified.
While the footage is nothing that special, I highly recommend Image's DVD as A Virgin Among the Living Dead is among Jess Franco's most haunting and masterful films. Even though the Rollin connection is a small one, I thought these stills were more than worth posting here since this is the footage he more than likely shot.
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
David over at the always amazing Tomb it May Concern as some terrific rare materials from Zombie Lake that everyone should check out. Here is the link to one of the postings, but hang out there awhile as he has goodies galore that can take hours out of a Euro-Cult lovers day....