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A ZOMBIE TRAGEDY/EXPLOITATION MOVIE THAT IS NOT FOR EVERY TASTE AND HAS ITS FLAWS. VERY ENTERTAINING NONETHELESS.
on 20 June 2014
Jean Rollin was known for his French exploitation movies that certainly are not for everybody's taste. 1982's La morte vivante known as THE LIVING DEAD GIRL is no exception. Just check out the cover art of the US Blu-ray and you'll know what to expect.
While in no way brilliant in regards of the story, THE LIVING DEAD GIRL is a class of it's own. There's no invasion of an army of zombies, there is just one, Catherine, and she is not a rotting corpse at all and in order to survive, she must drink blood.
Some of the acting is rather good - Françoise Blanchard, who plays Catherine and Marina Pierro - while others are quite bad (Carina Barone and some of the supporting cast).
The director didn't really use the movie's full potential, i got the feeling. The pacing is slow, and there is not really much going on between the killings. I do like that Catherine is not your typical brain-craving zombie that only feeds, but a deeply disturbed woman suffering from her untimely death.
There is a lot of nudity, typical for French exploitation movies and the gore scenes are extremly bloody and drawn out, the camera always stays on a full close-up, which makes this movie only tolerable for a certain audience. Catherine doesn't use a machete or knife for the killings, but rather her fingernails, poking her victims to death. What sounds pretty lame at fist actually is very gory and quite shocking.
The background story, which is a tale of friendship and sisterhood is an interesting aspect, but also here the director doesn't use the full potential. I'm not saying he does a bad job, but he could have done more with the material. There are some really fantastic scenes with both main actresses and the final scene in particular is very haunting.
THE LIVING DEAD GIRL has its flaws, but it is very entertaining if one is willing to overlook these flaws.
RATING: 7 / 10
Reviewed version: 2012 Redemption US Blu-ray
Feature running time: 86 mins. (uncut)
Rating: Unrated (MPAA) / 18 (BBFC)
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
Audio: French 2.0
Extras: Introduction by Jean Rollin, Featurettes, Interview, Trailers
Region: A, B, C (region free)
Picture quality: B
Audio quality: B