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Fascination [DVD] [1979] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Jean Rollin    DVD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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  • Directors: Jean Rollin
  • Format: Colour, Dolby, DVD-Video, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Kino Video
  • DVD Release Date: 24 Jan 2012
  • Run Time: 81 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0063E00C0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 161,620 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



A pair of society women dressed in all their finery stand in the middle of an abattoir, animal carcasses hanging behind them and blood splashed across the floor. Giggling and fidgeting, they drink their prescribed glass of ox blood. The startling, unreal image of high-society manners in the midst of gore and death pitches Jean Rollin's 1979 feature Fascination into a turn-of-the-century culture come unhinged. When a well-dressed rogue, fleeing from angry partners he double-crossed, takes refuge in a lavish, moat-protected mansion, servant girls Franca Mai and Brigitte Lahaie cajole, tease and seduce him into staying for their night-time soiree. "You have stumbled into Elizabeth and Eva's life, the universe of madness and death", mutters one of them as they await the cabal where he is the guest of honour. Shot on a starvation budget and populated with stiff performers, Rollin's direction is arch and at times sloppy and his story never more than an outline. It's the mix of dreamy and nightmarish imagery that gives Fascination its fascination: blonde Lahaie stalking victims with a scythe, the bourgeois blood cult swarming over a fresh victim like wild animals, alabaster faces streaked in blood. While it lacks the delirious spontaneity of his earlier vampire films Shiver of the Vampires and Requiem for a Vampire, the languid pace and austere beauty creates an often-mesmerising fantasy. --Sean Axmaker,

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascination (Kino/Redemption Blu-ray Review) 18 Feb 2012
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In the middle of rural France there's a castle where two attractive females - Eva and Elisabeth -waste away their days, waiting for some initially unspecified event. Elsewhere a group of bandits have robbed some poor sod carrying a fortune in gold and are about to make off with it when an argument splits their group and Marc makes off with the bag having betrayed his fellow criminals. After a struggle with his hostage he is located in the woodland by the other thieves and is forced to take refuge in the aforementioned castle, where he meets the two girls. Threatening them with his, er, gun the women appear to be distinctly unperturbed by his aggressive attitude towards them. Meanwhile the other bandits are keeping a safe distance from the castle effectively preventing Marc from leaving while waiting for their chance to launch an attack. It becomes apparent that Eva and Elisabeth are awaiting the arrival of a posse of bourgeois females in the middle of the night for some sort of ritualistic meeting. Unable to leave due to the gun-toting bandits outside and now unwilling to leave anyway due to a notable degree of sexual enticement from Eva, Marc is destined to be swept up in the strange activities that are about to take place in the castle... The most suitable approach to Rollin's work is to forget about cinematic convention, remove expectation of complete verisimilitude, and sit back to witness the strange events of a place that surely can't exist. Fascination is actually a better starting point than many of his other films and one of his best all round. Read more ›
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 21 Jan 2001
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Once again Salvation(Redemption)prove themselves to be one of the few UK horror labels who actually care about the quality of their films, bringing Jean Rollin's excellent Fascination onto region 2 DVD in a beautiful widescreen print. Great film. Great DVD. Uncut.
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3.0 out of 5 stars One of Rollin's More Coherent Efforts 23 Mar 2012
I often feel that French erohorror director Jean Rollin is more interested in creating artful mysterious erotica than he is in telling compelling stories and generally what 'keeps me awake' during some of his inanely meandering films is the presence of numerous attractive unclothed young French girlz. The film 'Fascination' is unique in that it actually has a very simple sequential sort of plot line AND a lot of naked girlz. A petty thief on the run from his own gang (who he is looking to double cross) takes refuge in a chateauesque mansion and stumbles upon a coven of upper society women who drink blood in order to stave off anemia & remain beautiful. Initially the chateau is inhabited by only two young lesbian women (Brigitte Lahaie and Francka Mai) and they play cat & mouse with the handsome robber until all the ladies arrive at midnight and things get interesting. As usual, 'get interesting' in a Rollin flik means that more girlz take their clothes off and attack whatever hapless folk are in their vicinity. The actresses are all gorgeous and get naked a lot, and the actor playing the thief is likable enuf that this Rollin effort moves right along to its' enigmatic conclusion - making it one of his more 'watchable' features.
The version I purchased was the non-BluRay disk from Redemption and it provided a nice clean picture & a few 'extras'. This version runs 81 min. and I've noted that there is a 90 min. version available from Amazon.UK that purports to be 'fully' uncut/uncensored ... I'd be curious to know what the additional 9 min contains - if anyone has viewed 'that' version and would be willing to report their experience.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not quite the full Fascination 26 Mar 2013
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This is one of Jean Rollin's more successful erotic Vampire tales. It features the very wonderful Brigitte Lahaie at her most seductive.
However I am most disappointed that it is not the full version. Why the 80 second credit sequence with Brigitte & friend dancing to a gramophone record has been removed is beyond me. Particularly as it is there on a much older videotape (also by Redemption) that I have.
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