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  I finally drew a cover (that still needs to be colored) and am in the middle of penciling the first five or six pages of the prologue to Asylum Girls Club. I think I have found an artistic groove but it is always difficult setting up an imaginary universe with the world events you need to show. Also I copped out with the date
using 20XX. I figure it wont be dated till long after I am dead, lol!

Its been hard with the pollen apocalypse and typical spring time melancholy (it is my least favorite season) but I am finally happy with what my pencil is putting on paper. I have been tearing up and crumbling many of the pages I did in the last three weeks. I want this to be as good as it can be but perfection is impossible and to be frank I am not really that good so it makes no sense to hold back. 

Once again I have to credit Hajime Isayama, the creator of Attack on Titan for a bit  of renewal and inspiration in doing comics. With the meltdown of American comics and their default corporate/leftism seemingly infiltrating every damn comic even the independents, Attack On Titan shows what comics can still be. The fact that it has many detractors and the creator himself does not think highly of his own art is interesting as it has made him a millionaire! Its themes of duty and nationalism are strikingly refreshing and even though it still has the current japanese cliche of wimpy male leads. 

It has a killer pace and now the storyline shows one of the themes of survival horror that I always go back to, no matter what horrific other worldly menace comes for you there is still no worse enemy than your own species. Grim and bleak
maybe but I don't give a damn. Now I don't plan this for AsylumGirlsClub don't worry but the future supernatural stories will be. Of the Three Darkness Epoch story lines, I think Fencemen will be most likely the one I draw first.

I also look forward to the Attack On Titan live action film (I think Toho is making it!). Wait, they replaced all the obviously German characters in AOT with Japanese actors? I should be outraged! lol! ;)


Review

Rape of the The Vampire (Le Viol du Vampire) 1968
Directed by Jean Rollin

Trigger Warning!

In my current serial, L'Asile Des Vampires (I hope I translated that right), the vampire characters of Margaret and Penelope created by :iconcelestialhost: are
staying at an asylum in northern france and dealing with both their own issues and 
the outside threat of a vampire hunter with mind powers. Freaky, no? I got the inspiration somewhat from obscure french vampire films that are as cult (or kult)
as they get although in truth my stories are more coherent.

The doctor of the clinic is named after the late French horror director, Jean Rollin.
Rollin was truly a cult figure in horror cinema and really the only prolific French
director to make horror films. Very, very French horror films. Rollin was an anarchist, very much a new waver(film not music) and was never appreciated in his home country until many,many years later.

French horror films were rare which is strange considering the earliest visual representations of horror were French. Think of George Melies fantastical films, 
the first macabre visuals put to celluloid. The Theatre Du Grand Guignol with its
gory stage plays and even the tone of the decadent writers and surrealist artists 
before the World War. As usual where art and commerce intersect, why bother making horror films when the British and the Americans have that cornered? 
Spain and Italy did not agree, but Germany did and so did France. Except for one
rebel named Jean Rollin.

His films are very, very cheaply done making the typical low budget italian film
seem like a hollywood blockbuster in comparison. I'd say Jess Franco and him
probably has similar budgets, but whereas Franco could be hit or miss (made up for by making 200+ films), Rollin always managed some nice, surreal dreamlike atmosphere. While the surreal and bizarre set pieces make them seem like art films at the time, the narrative always returns at some point to remind you this
is a horror film. This alternating between dream like images and then concrete
action and storyline can be jarring. Its obvious that he is filming both illegally
and on whatever location a friend will allow him to use, so there is very much a verite style. As a amateur dabbler in filmmaking (video making) its true that you film around your locations and the script you planned usually goes out the window almost immediately.

His first film was Rape of the Vampire. Originally a short, a second 40 minute sequel was shot to make this a feature length. It was an indie film so it was released as the 1968 anti DeGaulle riots in France commenced. It made a decent franc as it was the only movie released apparently. Many of the students rioting sought refuge from  the gendarmes beating their asses (good! cafe marxist scum! ) by buying a ticket to the cinema and they were flabbergasted and outraged at this  strange vampire film.


The storyline is four vampire sisters in a remote castle running afoul of angry villagers and a trio of cool, hip parisians med students who think they are merely insane and need treatment. The sisters are all killed and two of the parisians are turned into vampires who then have to deal with the vampire queen who has her own private asylum to do experiments on her brood. She actually revives the dead vampire sisters and all hell breaks loose.

Picture that storyline in your head, because the actual movie you see is almost
nothing like what I described. How is that possible?  The visuals and strangeness of
the film overwhelm even that narrative and you soon forget what is going on. 

Just a sample of the visuals and events:

A female vampire dressed as a man in 18th century garb being temporarily slain
with a smallsword in a cemetery duel. Well before Anne Rice's french vampires or the Rose of Versailles manga you have gender bending and ancien regime era clothes.

Two vampire women in see through gowns dueling with Epees(the french dueling sword with the bell like handle) at night under torchlight.

A vampire being blinded by a thrown pitchfork and then her eyes being sown shut the rest of the film.

Vampires in straitjackets drinking blood from what look like giant gumball machines
filled with blood.

A vampire catholic priest with fangs and an upsidedown cross leading a funeral
procession.

A marriage ceremony with the bride and groom being nailed into a coffin.

Naked vampires smeared with blood kissing each other on the pebble beaches of
Dieppe, Normandy.

A car chase with the actor doing all the stunts and lots of humans and vampires shooting guns at each other.

An Eartha Kitt looking Vampire Queen laughing at the most inappropriate moments.

A strange statue of a satyr looking vampire dummy statue with some old guy throwing his voice.

Lots of beach scenes. Lots of cemetery scenes. Lots of abandoned building scenes with overgrown vegetation in both the country and the city.

A vampire woman looking like Sharon Tate wrestling with the blind vampire woman on a beached fishing boat.

A pair of annoying and fey henchmen, one wearing all black the other all white
prancing around.

A band of french youth playing free jazz with one made up like Robert Smith of the
Cure in front of a giant fake Bat with multiple female breasts (or are they eyeballs?).

The very effective, tragic and creepy scene of the final fate of the vampire lovers who seal themselves in a basement  for eternity so as not to murder anyone. Claustrophobic yet touching as the two embrace..

More naked breasts then I have seen in the last decade.

The surviving still human hero who looks like Liam Gallagher from Oasis dancing with his dead girlfriends body in the paris streets.

A really cool horror organ sound/modernist soundtrack alternating with frenetic
free jazz (that i actually liked).

It was reported that there was actual people in the audience throwing stuff at the 
screen and rioting again at this 'awful' movie and most of Rollin's film critic friends who saw it were disappointed and panned it ruthlessly. 

I personally enjoyed it thoroughly. It is a 20th century film with its heart
in the 19th century poetry of Poe (One of the few figures who makes me proud to
be Murican) and Baudelaire and the surrealist work of so many others. If I had seen
this as a twenty something probably not so much. He was also influenced by many
of the edgy continental european comics that were becoming popular in the 60's.
I know nothing about them so the pieces of the puzzle get more intriguing the more
I research (I know of Mobius and of course Tin Tin and Asterix)

Oh yeah and I'm sure there was no drug use involved in any of this (LOL!)

This guy went on to make at least Twenty more films! As he went on the films
became more coherent but his distinctive style was always apparent. In interviews
he is the opposite of the Italian directors (who are all so bloody serious) and 
seemed quite affable and basically admitted he had fun making films with his friends for no money.

RIP Jean Rollin!
AGC: Security Nurse Tech Specs by single-leg
AGC: Security Nurse Tech Specs
Decided to do a tech sheet on the Hanover Institution for the Criminally Insane's two fisted
security nurses. The main heroines of the series.

Influenced by manga old(saint seiya) and new(Attack on Titan) where they actually lay out the weaponry and such as a bonus feature. AOT actually inspired me to limit the weaponry
due to the unique situation of the asylum setting
and lay it out on paper, although Fencemen(which I thought of way before AOT was thought off..the late 90's) is similar in this regard (lack of repeating firearms and noise factor, human zombie ratio too lopsided.)

The weapons they have are much more restricted than in earlier depictions and the blaster guns seen in Dude Looks Like A Lady are for the outside attacks of the Reapers (this tech spec is from the beginning of the series). 

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Tazers are used sparingly, on patients with deadly improvised weapons or high level
hand to hand combatants like Xie Xie or Vera Khan

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A new idea is for the SN's to have 5 minutes of simulated metahuman power using Miru as
a battery. Of course they are nowhere near as powerful and it is more taxing to normal human physiology.

Markswoman Sandra has improvised, moving around the firearm restriction with water guns
shooting tranq liquid. Of course her earrings were thought to be disarmed but later on were
discovered not to be..heh.

Of course Jess is another rule breaker, her large gauged disc earrings being stun weapons.

The model SN looks familiar..could it be? No way, she swore to never work for the Hanover
Asylum after she was released! Who is that?

Yes and the requirement to be an SN is you must have been a patient (and a violent one
to boot!).

Hanover online virtual mascot, LuLu interrupts with another useful Hanover slogan!
Wait till she goes all skynet and turns Hanover into a deathtrap later!

Sandra Wheelock was created by :iconcelestialhost:


Note: Asylum Girls Club is an upcoming comic about a near future asylum for female super criminals and all the wacky hijacks (and reflections of dystopian despair) that ensue.

People that know me, know what a left wing liberal I am so expect many empowering stories of female bonding and very progressive/social justice themes..

;)
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AGC: Miru and some enemies by single-leg
AGC: Miru and some enemies
Needed to get into a groove and decided to draw a single pic to try and unleash the drawing state. 

Mega Nurse Miru the main heroine of Asylum Girls Club. A meta human protector of the 
Hanover Institution for the Criminally Insane(Asylum Girls Club is the nickname and not 
used officially).

Here are some of her tougher enemies (every inmate is an enemy except for a few
outliers like Stiche, naked Bandit and Gata somewhat).

Dr Sanders is the arch Enemy, future leader of the Reapers, cybernetic man hating radical feminist justice warriors.

N-Girl aka Necronomicon Girl, a loony sidekick in the Harley Quinn tradition she becomes
more powerful as time goes on and actually helps set in motion the return of the Old Ones.

I wanted to make an opponent for Miru who was as powerful as her and decided on
a yet to be named character, a space warrior who has the same quantum powers.
She is a MiGo experiment on human amazon strains and technically Miru's precursor.
When she shows up I have no idea.

Erika Stanze returns although I think I made her too military looking here..she will
be a liaison who you are not sure is good or bad..she may both or neither.

Oh yeah, the X27 comet that starts all the mostly female and metahuman fun on earth and the  big squid himself. Cthulhu (public domain, son!) I may have to change that later to just some other dimensional beings/aliens.

Asylum Girls Club has many elements and I would not what genre to call it anymore.
I will however not entirely get rid of the fetish elements that spawned it as a parody in the beginning. Everything old and new will be part of it.

The art style above is close to what I envision for the comic until it improves.

Hanover needs an upgraded design..the old simple style is not going to cut it.
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Asylum Girls Club logo design by single-leg
Asylum Girls Club logo design
After some finagling and my late girlfriend's light box I have a title design..This was done with markers and will change color for the covers.
It a start..now for the Company Logo.
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L'asile Des Vampires part Seven

Baudelaire Clinic for Mental Disorders
Dieppe, Normandy
1958



Night had fallen and casts its shadow on the Baudelaire clinic. As the clock struck midnight, not all within were asleep. The night shift did their rounds and Dr Rollin was catching a short nap in his office. The recent psychic attacks of the Hunter seemed to have stopped but their was enough preexisting mental turmoil to deal with. Of course the only people that knew this were patients in the clinic, the two infamous 'vampire sisters' who despite their charm could not seem to stay out of trouble.


Stopping yet another attack by Hunter possessed male patients who were of the criminal variety, the two women had injured them and thus were back in isolation. That was two weeks ago. Brigitte was being stricter this time.

Penelope sat in her padded room unmoving. Margaret was a bit more restless.

"Mother, I am absolutely starving. Can we go now?"

"I'm sorry my dear. I was thinking of that idea I had a while back."

"Which one was that?"

"That we could help the patients here with their problems. The connection we make with their psyches when we bite them. We could get at their
issues in ways that Dr Rollin cannot."

Margaret was incredulous.

"Mother, I do not think we should be trying to do such things. Its not like there is a guidebook on this sort of thing. Besides we are here to help ourselves, we have no business trying to be amateur doctors! We may make things worse!"

Penelope sighed.

"Yes, my dear you do have a point."

"You are thinking of that man you have taken a liking to. Marcel." Margaret knew Penelope was referring to him.

"If there is a way, I don't see why we should not try it."

"Mother, our kind has messed with the minds of mortals for millennia. But to manipulate and control them."

"Exactly!" Penelope smiled.

Touche'.

What was the difference in what they were trying to do at the clinic. The term 'healing' meant that they could function in society. That meant control through manipulation.


A young night nurse made the rounds, checking on the patients in the female isolation ward.

"Margaret, she is coming. When she passes we have 45 minutes to feed. Remember we must heal the wounds with a drop of our blood."

"I know, I know. We can't blame everything on bug bites now can we?"

The nurse looked in on Margaret. She did not see a woman conversing with her mother next door but rather a silent woman glaring at her with almost yellow eyes.

The next room down she looked in to see a smiling Penelope who seemed in an other world.

"Mon dieu." This new job gave the  young nurse the creeps. She then continued to the next room, to see a heavily sedated madame Marie.


"You ready, my dear?"  Penelope sounded like a mother calling her children in for dinner.

"Oh yeah." Margaret licked her lips. They had fasted the previous night and she was ready to slake her thirst.

The two vampire women turned to mist, their straitjackets falling to the floor in a loose pile.


The trick was to not take too much blood from their donors. They could not guarantee they would be back in time for the watch if they went to feed outside the clinic. Also the patients were perfect as no one would believe them if they claimed to be visited by ghostly women drinking their blood. Manipulating the perceptions of the night watch was too risky and took effort but could be used as a last resort.

In the end the feeding was, like in the natural world, dictated by the path of least (or lesser) resistance.

They also changed their pattern to not take too much blood from any one inmate. There were physical health reasons for this as well as
psychological. They had fed on their fellow isolation patients the last time, minus Marie. Tonight they would haunt other areas of the clinic.


On the border of the male and female sections of the clinic they began.


Penelope and Margaret took a few sips from Solange/Marie Antoinette and Jeannette/Cleopatra respectively. The two women seemed to calm down in their usual restless dream states.

Solange was sitting at versailles on bench in the garden when an attractive woman dressed in full court regalia sat beside her.

"Oh, are you one of my new tutors?"

"You could say that, Solange.."

The young Queen became indignant.

"Who is Solange? Do you know who I am?" Who was this impertinent woman?

"Oh yes, I know who you are and who you are not!" The woman smiled and then embraced the Queen. Before she could protest, lips went
to her throat and soon the sun was the moon. The white of the moon turned blood red and the sky turned black. The swans and songbirds became bats and the water from the fountains turned red. But Solange was not afraid.

"Oh…oh..oh." Was all Marie/Solange could mutter.

When Penelope was finished she left the perpetually scowling Solange smiling in her sleep.

"There you go, maybe you will be more calm tomorrow at breakfast."


Margaret was nearby fastening her lips to Jeanette, who had been restrained in a straitjacket with the sleeves fastened to the bed rails. The last outburst manipulated by the Hunter had Jeanette nearly decapitating both vampire sisters in group therapy with a shovel she had hidden. Margaret was not trying to return the favor but instead was attempting to do what she had earlier admonished her mother for thinking of.

Jeanette squirmed in her bed as Margaret's fangs pierced her flesh, in a flash the two females met in the desert.

Margaret was dressed as egyptian noblewoman and Jeanette was in battle armor with arrows sticking out of her. A great battle had taken place and Cleopatra had become a warrior queen..but her army was gone.

"My Queen. Is the battle over?" Margaret asked.

She did not reply right away.

"This..this is not who I am." Cleopatra responded. She looked up to Margaret with tears in her eyes. "What am I doing here?"

"You are a capable and strong woman but you have been carried away on the currents of this difficult life. And now someone is seeking to use you for evil purposes."

Cleopatra stood up and pointed her shattered sword towards the direction of the Pyramids, visible in the distance.

"There is a dark spirit, not a god but a demon. She is telling me lies and telling me to kill the innocent!"

Margaret looked to the ancient structures. A dark energy emanated from it. But this was no demon, but very much a human agent.

"So, there she is." Margaret snarled.

"Can't you hear her? She is in my mind! Like a scorpion stinging me endlessly and I cannot get it out!"

Cleopatra fell to her knees with her armored hands on her temples. She began to scream in despair.

Margaret embraced the Queen and lifted her up. She then turned to the dark pyramids. The blazing sun of the sahara had now turned black and the sea of stars soon emerged. The gods and goddesses in the celestial sea seemed to be watching and drifting along as if they were just any other heavenly body.

"Hunter! We are coming for you! I will not kill you, you will be one of us! What you hate!"

With that Margaret bit Cleopatras neck, gently. Jeanette shuddered but soon calmed. Her restless sleep now calmed.

Margaret and Penelope then met in the hallway outside both women's room.

"I think they will both be calmer tomorrow, don't you think?" Penelope smiled.

"I have no idea what you are talking about." Margaret replied.


Sneaking past the night nurse and two orderlies, the two women found themselves in the male section of the clinic.
The hunter had been hitting this part of the clinic more and the section was in more turmoil as the female one had been earlier.

The two vampire women in mist form went past a rather large orderly and entered a large room with many beds in rows. Perfect.
They could feed in greater numbers and quicker. Over twenty men straitjacketed in their beds, twisting and raving. The noise they were making was a perfect cover but in the end it was because of the cruel manipulations of the Hunter.

"These poor men, Marcel is not among them I hope?" Penelope looked over each struggling form.

"Mother, we must  hurry. This is a perfect situation, what the mortals call a buffet." Margaret implored.

"Yes it is quite convenient to have them like this." Penelope admitted with a guilty chuckle.  "Let us start." Penelope started on the first patient who started to buck furiously when he saw her fangs but as soon as they entered, seemingly froze. The energy from the vampires
bite entering his body.

They took blood from each man and worked down each row, Margaret and Penelope taking either side. A few were awake and saw the two
and began to rave and scream about 'ghost women' but they were ignored by the orderly outside. However after a short feeding, each individual patient seemed to quiet down and slept more peacefully.

Penelope looked up from her latest donor, blood still on her lips and spoke to Margaret in normal speak.

"See! It is working we are helping them! There are therapeutic applications of our bites."

Margaret smiled and went to the next patient, a handsome but haggard man who stared at her with fear in his eyes and he struggled in vain to free himself from his restraints. That stopped her. She felt slightly guilty all of a sudden like when she fed off that turkish boat filled with chained slaves so many centuries ago.

"Do not be afraid, mi amour. I am an angel here to help you.." She smiled with bloody lips. He was attractive despite his condition and Margaret spoke as if she was still a human female.

"Help me? No one has ever helped me mademoiselle. Why would that change now?" He whispered  with sweat pouring down his brow both afraid and intrigued.

"Shhh, let me do my dark work. Do not fear."

As her fangs entered his neck, the young mental patient shuddered but soon became still and mercifully fell asleep.

Ten minutes later they were done and the noisy makeshift violent ward for male patients was now quiet. The ravages of their own disordered minds and the manipulations of the Hunter now temporarily salved.

Penelope and Margaret now were standing in the moonlight that went through the barred window at the end of the room.

"They are now more peaceful. I told you Margaret. There is something to our bite that could benefit medical science. Its like the old medical treatment with leeches. We could be a higher extension of that concept!"

Margaret shuddered at the thought of basically being compared to bloodsucking aquatic worms. But was it not an apt comparison?

"Perhaps, but even though I have fed I feel exhausted. I took so many of these men's psyches into me. My god so many of them were beaten by their fathers and even their mothers, the ones who had one. My parents were poor but never beat me."

"I am just happy Marcel is not among them."

"It is funny, they..they all seem to have erections.." Margaret chuckled.

Penelope noticed that as well. "Well they are warm men after all. I say let them enjoy. They were quite delicious to be honest."

Margaret would look forward to coming back to each of these men at some later date.

Then the door on the other side of the room was being unlocked. Margaret and Penelope turned into mist and floated under the beds of the now peacefully sleeping men.

Brigitte walked in with the large orderly and another nurse.

"My they are all so quiet now. Could this be the end of this mania?" She asked hopefully. It had been a devil of a time restraining them all.

The large brutish orderly grunted. "Who knows? My job is to keep them under control, thats all."

Brigitte was repulsed by this rather violent, lower class man. "They are here for more than that, mister gorilla! They need our help!"

The orderly looked at Brigitte with his icy predator like eyes.

"That is your job, the other night when you need my strength I did not hear you complain."

Brigitte did not respond. As despicable as he was, he had been right. It took men to control the other men when they had all seemed to go berserk.

"Still, I am happy they are calmer. I am not such a gorilla, like you think. I am a human being." he then lumbered off.

Brigitte remained, wondering why things were so strange as of late. Ever since the 'vampire sisters' arrived…


"Hurry, we must get back!"

The young Nurse was on her third round and checked on each women in isolation. She did not notice a sort of mist that seeped above her creeping along the ceiling.

In their mist forms, Margaret and Penelope entered their cells and filled up their straitjackets which had been lying empty on the floor.


"Okay, room number four. check. Now for the 'vampire sisters'." How silly the young woman thought. 'Vampire Sisters' indeed. She remembered her boyfriend laughing at her telling them about the two. He joked about getting their autographs.

The Nurse looked in and saw Margaret. She was struggling with her restraint and then turned with a haggard look at the young nurse. She growled and the woman, quite frightened, jumped back.

"Okay, room number five! Check!" It took the woman a minute or so to stop shaking.

Margaret was laughing to her self, after being so compassionate tonight she enjoyed being a little mean.

Looking in on Penelope's room she saw the three thousand year old vampire sitting on her cot and staring out the window to a moonlit sky.

"Well, she is the more calm of the sisters. Still, she is also the more dangerous one." The young nurse thought as she checked off her clipboard.

Both Margaret and Penelope had a laugh amongst themselves.

"Maybe there is something to our bite being helpful and not just parasitic." Margaret conceded.

"Well the blood is the physical but the old vampire philosopher told me the psychic feeding is a part of it as well. Energy. I think he may have been on to something. It is an older energy than human kind. And not of this earth." Penelope explained.

"Perhaps. But there is no way the rest of our kind would seek to help humanity with our bite. If they could they would take over someday."

"Well I hope not. I would never want to rule over too much humanity or even our own kind. We are far too troublesome." Penelope countered.

"Amen." Margaret replied. Soon both vampire women were asleep or in torpor as their kind called in. Tomorrow would
be another challenge but at least they now had sustenance and the strength to carry on.


To Be Continued.
L'asile Des Vampires part Seven
Feeding fun. Yet no one was harmed in the making of this story, the bad girl here is the 
mysterious hunter.

The brutish orderly stereotype is inverted here. The Gorilla will return.

This I could see as a Jess Franco film with different editions (Adult, soft core, Clothed version
for Spain, etc.) with Jean Rollin filming inserts.
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Interests
  I finally drew a cover (that still needs to be colored) and am in the middle of penciling the first five or six pages of the prologue to Asylum Girls Club. I think I have found an artistic groove but it is always difficult setting up an imaginary universe with the world events you need to show. Also I copped out with the date
using 20XX. I figure it wont be dated till long after I am dead, lol!

Its been hard with the pollen apocalypse and typical spring time melancholy (it is my least favorite season) but I am finally happy with what my pencil is putting on paper. I have been tearing up and crumbling many of the pages I did in the last three weeks. I want this to be as good as it can be but perfection is impossible and to be frank I am not really that good so it makes no sense to hold back. 

Once again I have to credit Hajime Isayama, the creator of Attack on Titan for a bit  of renewal and inspiration in doing comics. With the meltdown of American comics and their default corporate/leftism seemingly infiltrating every damn comic even the independents, Attack On Titan shows what comics can still be. The fact that it has many detractors and the creator himself does not think highly of his own art is interesting as it has made him a millionaire! Its themes of duty and nationalism are strikingly refreshing and even though it still has the current japanese cliche of wimpy male leads. 

It has a killer pace and now the storyline shows one of the themes of survival horror that I always go back to, no matter what horrific other worldly menace comes for you there is still no worse enemy than your own species. Grim and bleak
maybe but I don't give a damn. Now I don't plan this for AsylumGirlsClub don't worry but the future supernatural stories will be. Of the Three Darkness Epoch story lines, I think Fencemen will be most likely the one I draw first.

I also look forward to the Attack On Titan live action film (I think Toho is making it!). Wait, they replaced all the obviously German characters in AOT with Japanese actors? I should be outraged! lol! ;)


Review

Rape of the The Vampire (Le Viol du Vampire) 1968
Directed by Jean Rollin

Trigger Warning!

In my current serial, L'Asile Des Vampires (I hope I translated that right), the vampire characters of Margaret and Penelope created by :iconcelestialhost: are
staying at an asylum in northern france and dealing with both their own issues and 
the outside threat of a vampire hunter with mind powers. Freaky, no? I got the inspiration somewhat from obscure french vampire films that are as cult (or kult)
as they get although in truth my stories are more coherent.

The doctor of the clinic is named after the late French horror director, Jean Rollin.
Rollin was truly a cult figure in horror cinema and really the only prolific French
director to make horror films. Very, very French horror films. Rollin was an anarchist, very much a new waver(film not music) and was never appreciated in his home country until many,many years later.

French horror films were rare which is strange considering the earliest visual representations of horror were French. Think of George Melies fantastical films, 
the first macabre visuals put to celluloid. The Theatre Du Grand Guignol with its
gory stage plays and even the tone of the decadent writers and surrealist artists 
before the World War. As usual where art and commerce intersect, why bother making horror films when the British and the Americans have that cornered? 
Spain and Italy did not agree, but Germany did and so did France. Except for one
rebel named Jean Rollin.

His films are very, very cheaply done making the typical low budget italian film
seem like a hollywood blockbuster in comparison. I'd say Jess Franco and him
probably has similar budgets, but whereas Franco could be hit or miss (made up for by making 200+ films), Rollin always managed some nice, surreal dreamlike atmosphere. While the surreal and bizarre set pieces make them seem like art films at the time, the narrative always returns at some point to remind you this
is a horror film. This alternating between dream like images and then concrete
action and storyline can be jarring. Its obvious that he is filming both illegally
and on whatever location a friend will allow him to use, so there is very much a verite style. As a amateur dabbler in filmmaking (video making) its true that you film around your locations and the script you planned usually goes out the window almost immediately.

His first film was Rape of the Vampire. Originally a short, a second 40 minute sequel was shot to make this a feature length. It was an indie film so it was released as the 1968 anti DeGaulle riots in France commenced. It made a decent franc as it was the only movie released apparently. Many of the students rioting sought refuge from  the gendarmes beating their asses (good! cafe marxist scum! ) by buying a ticket to the cinema and they were flabbergasted and outraged at this  strange vampire film.


The storyline is four vampire sisters in a remote castle running afoul of angry villagers and a trio of cool, hip parisians med students who think they are merely insane and need treatment. The sisters are all killed and two of the parisians are turned into vampires who then have to deal with the vampire queen who has her own private asylum to do experiments on her brood. She actually revives the dead vampire sisters and all hell breaks loose.

Picture that storyline in your head, because the actual movie you see is almost
nothing like what I described. How is that possible?  The visuals and strangeness of
the film overwhelm even that narrative and you soon forget what is going on. 

Just a sample of the visuals and events:

A female vampire dressed as a man in 18th century garb being temporarily slain
with a smallsword in a cemetery duel. Well before Anne Rice's french vampires or the Rose of Versailles manga you have gender bending and ancien regime era clothes.

Two vampire women in see through gowns dueling with Epees(the french dueling sword with the bell like handle) at night under torchlight.

A vampire being blinded by a thrown pitchfork and then her eyes being sown shut the rest of the film.

Vampires in straitjackets drinking blood from what look like giant gumball machines
filled with blood.

A vampire catholic priest with fangs and an upsidedown cross leading a funeral
procession.

A marriage ceremony with the bride and groom being nailed into a coffin.

Naked vampires smeared with blood kissing each other on the pebble beaches of
Dieppe, Normandy.

A car chase with the actor doing all the stunts and lots of humans and vampires shooting guns at each other.

An Eartha Kitt looking Vampire Queen laughing at the most inappropriate moments.

A strange statue of a satyr looking vampire dummy statue with some old guy throwing his voice.

Lots of beach scenes. Lots of cemetery scenes. Lots of abandoned building scenes with overgrown vegetation in both the country and the city.

A vampire woman looking like Sharon Tate wrestling with the blind vampire woman on a beached fishing boat.

A pair of annoying and fey henchmen, one wearing all black the other all white
prancing around.

A band of french youth playing free jazz with one made up like Robert Smith of the
Cure in front of a giant fake Bat with multiple female breasts (or are they eyeballs?).

The very effective, tragic and creepy scene of the final fate of the vampire lovers who seal themselves in a basement  for eternity so as not to murder anyone. Claustrophobic yet touching as the two embrace..

More naked breasts then I have seen in the last decade.

The surviving still human hero who looks like Liam Gallagher from Oasis dancing with his dead girlfriends body in the paris streets.

A really cool horror organ sound/modernist soundtrack alternating with frenetic
free jazz (that i actually liked).

It was reported that there was actual people in the audience throwing stuff at the 
screen and rioting again at this 'awful' movie and most of Rollin's film critic friends who saw it were disappointed and panned it ruthlessly. 

I personally enjoyed it thoroughly. It is a 20th century film with its heart
in the 19th century poetry of Poe (One of the few figures who makes me proud to
be Murican) and Baudelaire and the surrealist work of so many others. If I had seen
this as a twenty something probably not so much. He was also influenced by many
of the edgy continental european comics that were becoming popular in the 60's.
I know nothing about them so the pieces of the puzzle get more intriguing the more
I research (I know of Mobius and of course Tin Tin and Asterix)

Oh yeah and I'm sure there was no drug use involved in any of this (LOL!)

This guy went on to make at least Twenty more films! As he went on the films
became more coherent but his distinctive style was always apparent. In interviews
he is the opposite of the Italian directors (who are all so bloody serious) and 
seemed quite affable and basically admitted he had fun making films with his friends for no money.

RIP Jean Rollin!

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