I recently had the honor of being interviewed by editor, film historian and writer Marcelline Block about the career and films of Jean Rollin and that chat can now be read over at Electric Sheep.
Monday, May 15, 2017
Monday, May 1, 2017
Diabolique's excellent podcast Daughters of Darkness has just released a terrific chat focused on 3 films by Jean Rollin. Inspired by Tohill and Tombs' incredibly influential Immoral Tales, hosts Samm Deighan and Kat Ellinger focus specifically on The Nude Vampire, Fascination and Living Dead Girl on this 105 minute podcast. Like all of the Daughters of Darkness episodes, this talk is an essential listen for genre and cult-film fans in general. It is highly recommended.
Tuesday, April 25, 2017
The Indiegogo campaign for Spectacular Optical's upcoming book Lost Girls: The Cinema of Jean Rollin is now live and taking donations. Head over to the campaign to see samples from the book and read about the exciting 'perks' that are being offered to contributors. Be sure to donate if you can and please help spread the word via social media and your own sites. Here is a preview of the book, featuring editor Samm Deighan, that Spectacular Optical have just released.
Friday, April 14, 2017
The Omega Productions is preparing to release the world premiere of Daniel J. White's soundtrack for Jean Rollin's Zombie Lake.
From the press release the CD, which will be limited to just 500 copies, "will be remastered for the first time ever, with the help of Daniel Lesoeur, producer of the film and director of Eurociné. It will contain 22 (+ bonus) tracks, included sound design (the "bird's song") and quotes". While the film itself remains, arguably, the absolute lowpoint in Rollin's filmmaking career, this soundtrack is a very welcome release and the early shots of the accompanying booklet look wonderful. For ordering information on this release, please visit this page.
Wednesday, April 12, 2017
Mario DeGiglio-Bellemare has written a new piece on Jean Rollin entitled "Dreaming Revolt: Jean Rollin and the French Fantastique in the Context of May 1968" for the new Intellect book International Horror Film Directors: Global Fear.
The book, containing this valuable piece of writing on Rollin, can be ordered at Intellect's official British site, its American counterpart The University of Chicago Press, Amazon, or any of your favorite booksellers.
Congratulations to Mario for getting this fine piece published!
Tuesday, April 4, 2017
Kier-La Janisse's acclaimed Canadian publishing company Spectacular Optical will be releasing the much anticipated book Lost Girls: The Cinema of Jean Rollin later this year.
Edited by the fantastic Samm Deighan, this new book on Rollin's work promises to be among the most ambitious ever released and has the distinction of being created and penned by an all-woman panel of critics, historians and scholars. From the press release, contributors include Alexandra Heller-Nicholas (Senses of Cinema), Kat Ellinger (Diabolique), Virginie Selavy (Electric Sheep), Alison Nastasi (Satanic Panic), Marcelline Block (Art Decades), Rebecca Booth (Diabolique), Michelle Alexander (Cinemadrome), Lisa Cunningham (The Laughing Dead), Heather Drain (Dangerous Minds), Erin Miskell (That's Not Current) and Gianna D’Emilio (Diabolique).
Monday, May 25, 2015
Flash forward nearly six years later and Redemption (partnered with Kino Lorber) has re-released The Escapees on Blu-ray in a terrific new HD print remastered from the original 35 mm negative that trumps that original DVD in every way. Finally we can see one of Rollin's most distinctive and unique films the way it was intended and the results are, at times, startling.
Few filmmakers used colors the way Jean Rollin did, and now with this new HD print we can see that this fact carried through with The Escapees. Whereas Redemption's original DVD had a flat and greyish look about it, with this new disc the colors really pop the way we know that Rollin intended. The improvement is apparent from the get-go (look at the way the dewy green grass present in the opening moments draws the viewer in immediately) and the disc's color palette stays wonderfully consistent throughout. The film's haunting and marvelous ice-skating sequence feels especially alive and vibrant now on this new disc. While I still have issues with the film and don't consider it among Rollin's finest works, I enjoyed it much more via Redemption's new Blu-ray than I ever have before. Back in 2009 I wrote that it is, "Stylistically as far away from his early dazzling Jean-Jacques Renon lighted works as possible, The Escapees is a cold and somber film" and, while I still agree partially with that, this new release shows that The Escapees is a much more electrifying and vibrant work than I had previously realized. There are still major problems with the film's final act, that not even this sharp print can help, but it isn't the "disaster" that Rollin once called it all. He was much more on point when he noted in Virgins and Vampires that “certain scenes emerged” amidst the flaws as there is an undeniably hypnotic and haunting quality about the film that is unique to Rollin’s work.
The problem's with the films soundtrack have no also been corrected in this new HD version and this greatly benefits the fine if spare piano based score from frequent Rollin composer Philippe D’Aram. The Escapees remains a frustratingly inconsistent picture but it has moments of greatness. As Cathal Tohill and Pete Tombs noted in their wonderful Immoral Tales, "what is good in (The Escapees) is very good."
This exciting new Blu-ray of The Escapees (which thankfully ports over the wonderful "One Day In Paris: An Interview With Jean Rollin" from the older DVD) can be ordered at Amazon. More information can also be found here.
-Jeremy Richey, 2015-
Friday, May 15, 2015
The Human Centipod is an hour and half long look at the cinema of Jean Rollin. It can be listened to and downloaded here.
Tuesday, May 5, 2015
found here. Also, here is an interview I conducted with Damien awhile back.
Wednesday, March 4, 2015
Mastered in HD from the original 35mm negative
French audio track with optional English subtitles
One Day in Paris: An Interview with Jean Rollin (2008, 28 min.)