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Demoniacs [DVD]

Jean Rollin    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
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  • Directors: Jean Rollin
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: French
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Redemption Films
  • DVD Release Date: 26 July 2004
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002CH7B6
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 35,848 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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A band of brutal shipwreckers rape and murder two young girls, only to find them re-emerging as spectres after having made a pact with the devil. The best thing about the movie is Joelle Coeur, who plays the female leader of the sailor/ship wreckers. She's sadistic, charismatic and truly perverse, masturbating on the beach as her followers rape the two girls. Scenes in the abbey are beautiful and atmospheric, evoking the style and mood wehave come to expect and love from a Rollin movie. This is Rollin at his most delirious, sadistic and dubious. English subtitles

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Terrific stuff 5 Jan 2004
By A Customer
Pirate cum ghost yarn, which sees Rollin in his familiar territory. A group of brigands receive their just desserts for the attempted murder of two young women on a shipwrecked vessel. For some reason which I dont understand, Demoniaques still has yet to be given a UK certificate (and don't confuse it with Jess Franco's Demoniac). However it is a wholly unobjectionable outing into mild horror and violence. The nudity, as always, is tasteful and compelling. A must for fans of Jean Rollin, and a great introduction for anyone who has yet to see his work.
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3.0 out of 5 stars More For Fans 12 Jan 2011
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I must admit I quite liked this, but if you are not a fan or haven't seen a film of the late Rollin before, then you may wonder what you have let yourself in for. On the face of it this is a story of Wreckers, those people who lured unsuspecting sailing vessels to their destruction so that they could obtain goods washed ashore. One night time when a gang are plying their nefarious deeds they come across two young women looking for help, but instead this gang decide to rape them and try to kill them.

With the captain of this group starting to have feelings of guilt, and other members of the team wanting to be in charge, or just wanting more mayhem, things start to slowly disintegrate. With the two women surviving their ordeal it is up to the group to finish off what they started for their own protection, but the girls strike a deal with a demon to wreak revenge.

The actual plot is a good one, and could be made into a good novel, however with bad acting and shot on a low budget this becomes rather farcical. Also some people may be put off by the amount of surreal imagery. Ultimately the only character you can relate to on a more deeper level is the demon.

Alas, like with other Rollin films where you actually get an interview with the man himself, there isn't one available on this. You should also be advised that there is some nudity here.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars 16 Aug 2014
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its not my cup of tea,but then it was for a present....took ages to arrive though!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Surreal French Horror Tale, As Seen Through Jean Rollin's Eyes... 11 May 2010
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Jean Rollin makes movies that perplex 'movie viewers' - his films are always poetically surreal, hypnotic, absorbing, enchanting and hallucinatory, and almost never have a coherent storyline. This frustrates and alienates a good deal of viewers, while attracting others. His flix are about dream-like imagery unfolding, cascading in waves, nightmarish and bizarre. He's done away with the notion of a narrative or a linear storyline in favor of the visuals allowing the viewer to interpret as the viewer sees fit. But it's not traditional horror. Highly unconventional, I understand why most people don't enjoy his movies as well as why others are attracted to them. I've seen almost all of his flix and find something worthwhile in most of them while my wife hates them. Different strokes...

The other reviewer is too harsh on this film, expecting gore and nudity to suffice as entertainment. Don't get me wrong, I love exploitation in all its forms, but am one of the few who enjoys an Art House flick as well, and if we can incorporate both in one film, I'm in heaven, while most of my exploitation brethren are bitchin' and moanin'. There's enough nudity to keep most interested, especially the scene where the female leader of the vulgar ship wreckers masturbates on the beach while watching her cruel and sadistic followers brutally rape and kill two girls who re-emerge later on as spectres after making a pact with the devil. Have I got your attention yet?
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1.0 out of 5 stars Oh the humanity! 26 Aug 2004
By Jeffrey Leach - Published on
Jean Rollin is a name instantly recognizable to hardcore horror fans, yet meaningless to nearly everyone else. This ignorance is quite unfortunate because the French director concocted some of the sleaziest, most unusual films ever made during the 1970s and 1980s, films usually imbued with a disturbing mix of hypereroticism and bloody violence. I have often tossed Rollin's name around with aplomb in impolite company even though I had never seen even one of the man's films. You read enough plot synopses about someone and you start to feel as though you know every intimate detail about their work. What I did hear from others about this director oftentimes did not bode well. He is apparently well versed in schlock filmmaking, which in and of itself is not a problem with me, a true lover of bad cinema, but several of his films continue to draw raves from a selected minority of genre fans. Well, I finally sat down with a Jean Rollin film, his 1979 effort "Fascination," and was pleasantly surprised with the results. As I viewed the film with a growing sense of intrigue, I began mentally composing a list of other films from this director that I should watch in the near future. After watching the phenomenal "Living Dead Girl," I finally stumbled over one of the man's turkeys. It's called "The Demoniacs."

A cheesy introduction aimed at setting the background of the film introduces us to a crew of bloodthirsty pirates called Wreckers. Why the nickname? Because these dolts scavenge for treasure amongst ships washed up on the shore. This particular band of cutthroats is led by The Captain (John Rico), a sweaty buffoon who looks like he's trying to do an impression of Marty Feldman all the time. The Captain, the voice over tells us, is a ruthless leader suffering under frequent visitations from the ghosts of his myriad victims. Another crewmember is Bosco (Willy Baque), a wiry, laughable looking thug with a nasty temper. My favorite member of this comedy, pirate gang is Tina (Joelle Coeur), a gorgeous brunette who shucks her clothes at the drop of a hat when she isn't ordering an innocent person's execution. The final member of the Wreckers is a guy whose name I forget but who looks like Mike Nesmith from The Monkees. These criminals are quite terrifying if you can stop laughing long enough. In fact, if this is the best France can offer up in the pirate department, it's no wonder their military forces lost every important war in the last two hundred years.

The biggest problem with "The Demoniacs" is that nothing of interest ever happens. Sure, you've got the Wreckers out plundering when they chance upon a pair of survivors in the form of two blonde girls in white shrifts. And you've got the Wreckers throwing the two gals around and generally acting rude. Then we see the gang in a local bar, where The Captain lurches around in one of his "I see dead people" shticks. There's also a lady at the bar whose psychic abilities often find her issuing cryptic observations to anyone who will listen. But it's just enough to raise the pulse. Then the movie shifts focus. "Ahhh," I think, "Jean Rollin will finally deliver the goods!" Yeah, right. Instead, he has the two girls discover a deserted island with some ancient ruins staffed by a girl dressed as a clown (!), a Rasputin look-alike with none of the charm of the original (!!), and what can only be Satan with a '70s bouffant wearing tacky clothing (!!!). The two young victims strike some deal with the devil that results in them receiving his powers for an evening so they can seek revenge against the Wreckers. This subsequent revenge is about as interesting as watching a coat of paint dry, laying down a second coat, and then watching that one dry as well. Jean Rollin, why hast thou forsaken me?

I suspect Jean Rollin was attempting to make a horror picture that would make the audience think, and it did--it made me think about how much I wanted to get away from the television screen! I'm almost certain the clown, the Rasputin wannabe, and Satan carried some symbolic importance, some message Rollin wished to get across to the audience, but I couldn't care less what that message is. Even the director's usual indulgences--specifically, a huge amount of nudity--failed to rescue this film from the depths of banality. The worst mistake Rollin made was leaving out the gore. I could deal a lot better with the wooden acting, the laughable dialogue, the cheesy set pieces, and the lame chase scenes if I knew I would see some sauce once in awhile. Alas, such is not to be. A guy dropping a bottle on his head? A few gunshots? Nope, not nearly exciting enough to warrant watching the picture.

The best thing about "The Demoniacs," sad to say, is the Redemption DVD intro tape at the beginning of the film. If you've seen a Redemption disc before, at least one in the Jean Rollin Collection, you know what I'm talking about. As for this disc in particular, extras include the requisite Rollin filmography, a trailer, and several different types of publicity stills. The picture transfer is excellent. While I haven't even begun to scratch the surface of Rollin's copious film history, "The Demoniacs" is the worst one I have seen, a film truly deserving of a one star review. What a disappointment after watching "Fascination," "Living Dead Girl," and to a lesser extent "Lips of Blood." I'll continue onward with my Rollin expeditions, but I hope the next few entries are vastly superior to this dead end.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Yo Ho Ho and a Bottle of Rollin 23 May 2010
By William Amazzini - Published on
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If you are looking for a different type of Pirate movie including vengeful ghosts and a touch of satanic ritual thrown in, then this is for you. Rollin approaches another genre and fills it with his artistic flourishes and stunning imagery. Again, Redemption's print is a cut above the Image Entertainment release. No sword duels or scenes of derring do in this outing, instead Rollin paces the film like a pressure cooker billowing out his sordid tale of revenge in slow jarring jolts. Recommended.
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Original horror from Rollin. 15 Oct 2001
By A Customer - Published on
I have just discovered Jean Rollin and so far have been very impressed. Demoniacs is visually stunning thanks to a great transfer. The movie does move at a slow pace and there really isn't much gore, but the patient horror fan should be pleased. There is a very original approach to the subject matter and interesting settings and visuals. It is almost hard to decribe why I like Rollin's pictures. They just sorta speak for themselves. I recommend this as well as Living Dead Girl, and Night of the Hunted. Try to avoid Zombie Lake.
10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars rollin goes average 3 Nov 1999
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This is my fourth Rollin film I see and it's not the best I've seen so far. But it has some moments of surreal poetry that is Rollin trademark.Gorehounds should stay away but die hard Rollin fans should pick this up.
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