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La morte vivante
There is a very
bad start in "La morte vivante". Two thieves, a crypt, toxic waste that
ends up on a grave awakening a dead girl. She came out from the grave
she begins a bloodbath made with very bas special effects.
After the situation worsened with some pointless sex scene and naked
bodies. The doubt that "Le lac des morts vivants" has shot down
definitively Jean Rollin came soon, as well as the fact that the French
director, once again, is in a production that crushes his ideas.
As time passed, however, "La Morte Vivante" turns the situation and
goes deep, net of a poor production, of some situation useless and a
direction not at the best of the performances of the French director.
Jean Rollin tells us one of his most significant stories, distressing,
poetic, dramatic and bloody. A story centered on friendship and memory,
a theme already developed in his previous works.
The producers wanted another zombie movie and the director that has
ever loved so much the theme, transform the protagonist in a kind of
vampire zombies. A poor budget and the producers that run away before
the end of the production leaving Rollin with bills to pay and with a
movie to complete in some way and to please audience.
The audience is really strange, they snub a movie like "Fascination"
but love a movie like this in which art has to deal with the commercial
aspect. The result instead is good, in the sense that "La morte
Vivante" is one of the biggest Rollin’s commercial successes.
Under an aspect not so exciting, as we said, we can see a deep story
well played by Françoise Blanchard (protagonist of several genre
movies) and by the Italian Marina Pierro faithful actress of Walerian
Borowczyk, theater actress, director and writer. A great artist that
Rollin met a year before starting the filming of this work in a Film
Festival in which she and Borowczyk were presenting "Docteur Jekyll et
Miss Osbourne." A very good intuition of French director although the
Pierro is a second choice, which comes after the resounding no (she
didn’t want to work with him) of Teresa Ann Savoy.
The two women are the best and winning aspect of "La morte Vivante".
The French actress is Catherine Valmont the girl who comes back to life
thanks to the toxic waste. Marina Pierro instead is Helene a childhood
friend of the first that finds a catatonic Catherine at home.
At first Helene thinks that her friend is not dead but it's just
disappeared. But the bloodlust of Catherine that takes her toll on
victims reveals the grim reality. Helene doesn’t want to lose her
friend and find for her something to eat, to a dramatic and surprising
At this interesting narrative strand central Rollin unfortunately add
the useless and boring figure of two American tourists who
coincidentally discover what happened and begin to investigate. Several
nude and sex scenes complete "La Morte Vivante".
The direction by Rollin is not convincing as in some of his well-known
episodes and also the cinematography reflect the classic problems that
have accompanied the career of the director. It’s a pity, because
as mentioned above the core of this movie, it’s very attractive
and the surprising ending definitely affects the viewer.