The Grapes of Death

1978

Horror

99
IMDb Rating 6.1 10 2

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Reviewed by nogodnomasters 6 / 10 / 10

HAVE SOME WINE

Elizabeth (Marie-Georges Pascal) runs through a French village while being pursued by people whose skin is rotting from the local wine due to the bug spray. Their minds command them to kill, but like zombies, not each other, just those uninfected. This is a peculiar disease that makes men rip open the blouses of women before they kill them. PLOT SPOILER: Near the end, Elizabeth is rescued by a couple of beer drinkers. It appears the French copied the American zombie film formula but couldn't fully commit to having zombies or real rednecks. 6 stars for nudity sleaze (Mirella Rancelot, Patricia Cartier, Brigitte Lahaie- FF) I watched the Special Edition which has a decent transfer. Mountain View Movies $2.99 The cover is Mirella Rancelot who plays a blind woman and is the only person in the film that walks like a zombie with her arms extended.

Reviewed by Woodyanders 8 / 10 / 10

A very creepy and effective French horror winner

Elizabeth (a strong and sympathetic performance by the fetching Marie-Georges Pascal) and her friend Brigitte (lovely Evelyne Thomas) are on vacation in rural Southern France. Brigitte gets butchered by a strange man on the train. Elizabeth gets away and runs afoul of a savage horde of lethal decomposing killers who have been infected by a toxic new pesticide used in the local grape fields. Director Jean Rollin, working from a terse and straightforward script he co-wrote Christian Meunier, wisely eschews pretense and gets right down to chilling brass tacks from the terrifying beginning to the supremely jolting and nihilistic downbeat conclusion. Rollin relates the grimly compelling story at a deliberate pace and does an expert job of creating and sustaining a quietly eerie and ominous atmosphere. Moreover, Rollin delivers several moments of pure gut-wrenching terror: a father murders his own daughter by running her through with a pitchfork, a village littered with freshly slain corpses, and a helpless blind girl being killed by her guardian who then strings up her body on a door and cuts off her head. Better still, Rollin gives the premise a substantial degree of credibility by firmly grounding the plot in a thoroughly believable pedestrian reality. The remote rustic countryside setting evokes a powerfully unsettling sense of dread, isolation, and vulnerability. The fact that the hideous rot-faced ghouls are struggling to retain their humanity while succumbing to the disease makes them that much more scary and disturbing. Kudos are in order for the sound acting by the sturdy cast: Pascal excels as the frightened, yet resilient heroine, Felix Marten contributes a solid turn as rugged no-nonsense peasant and war veteran Paul, and the gorgeous Brigitte Lahaie makes the most out of her memorably odd role as a shrewd infected woman who shows no external signs of the disease. Claude Becognee's bright, agile cinematography boasts a few striking sinuous tracking shots and offers a wealth of stunning visuals. Philippe Sissmann's spare, wonky synthesizer score also does the shivery trick. But it's the starkness of the narrative which gives this picture an extra unnerving edge. Well worth seeing.

Reviewed by BA_Harrison 8 / 10 / 10

Back up, back up, tell me what you're gonna do now.

Jean Rollin's Les Raisins de la Mort (The Grapes of Death) is often classed as a zombie movie, but it's actually more along the lines of an 'infected' film (a la The Crazies, 28 Days Later), featuring human 'monsters' who have not risen from the dead, but who are slowly deteriorating, physically and mentally, due to chemical contamination, their unfortunate condition driving them to kill. Pesticides sprayed on a vineyard are responsible for the outbreak, the workers having breathed in the fumes and the locals having drunk the contaminated wine produced from the harvest. One of the vineyard's infected employees boards a train and attacks two friends, killing one and chasing the other, Élisabeth (Marie-Georges Pascal), after she pulls the emergency cord and runs away. The remainder of the film follows Élisabeth as she wanders the countryside, trying to find the vineyard where her fiancé works. Along the way, she encounters several crazed villagers, a blind girl called Lucie (Mirella Rancelot), and two men who only drank beer at the local festival, and so are unaffected by the illness. Rollin successfully conjures up quite the creepy atmosphere, making great use of the rugged French countryside (Élisabeth running across a foggy railway bridge is like something out of Silent Hill). His approach is measured - perhaps a little too slow for some - but he punctuates the funereal gloom with bursts of graphic violence guaranteed to satisfy the gorehounds, grisly highlights including a topless woman pinned to a kitchen table by a pitchfork, and another victim nailed to a door before having her head chopped off with an axe. This being a Rollin film, there is gratuitous nudity to go with the splatter: there's the aforementioned topless pitchfork victim, Lucie being stripped by her crazy aide Lucas (Paul Bisciglia), and sexy Brigitte Lahaie, who steals the show as 'La grande femme blonde', obligingly removing all of her clothes to prove that she isn't infected. A suitably downbeat ending closes what is easily the most entertaining Rollin film I have seen so far. 7.5/10, rounded up to 8 for IMDb.

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