Two Orphan Vampires (1997) (Blu-ray Review)

Two Orphan Vampires (1997) (Blu-ray Review)

📅14 August 2012, 12:59

Two Orphan Vampires (1997)
Director:  Jean Rollin
Where to get it: Kino Lorber

TWO ORPHAN VAMPIRES (Les Deux Orphelines Vampires) follows Henriette and Louise (Isabelle Teboul and Alexandra Pic), two blind girls of unknown origin, raised in an orphanage by two adoring nuns. Little do the nuns know, each night as the sun goes down, their “little angels” acquire night vision (they “see blue”), as well as an appetite for blood and teenage mischief. Here we have this film presented in the very prestigious manner that Kino Lorber under their Redemption label has come to be known for.

Two Orphan Vampires isn’t really my cup of tea but I do appreciate it and think it looks beautiful here. We have two girls raised by nuns that aren’t as sweet as they seem to be and the film is really hanging on the performances of the actors. This was a film that came out around the time that Jean Rollin found out of his kidney failure. I believe with the dark undertones of this film that a life changing situation like that does bleed through on the screen as we watch. But I do believe when compared to some of Rollin’s work that it does have a hard time fully living up to the director’s own legacy.

Again, I’m not saying the film isn’t worth seeing. It’s a very creepy film that deals with very interesting concepts. I do think by this point the whole vampire sub-genre had ran its course a bit. And I think the director himself had done much better than what we get here. Still, an average Jean Rollin film is still intriguing and much better than your average film. This is for sure a release that respects the content and well worth getting if this sorta thing is more your thing.

(6/10)

Features

– Mastered in HD from the original 16mm negative
– French with optional English subtitles
– English dubbed version
– “Memories of a Blue World, the Making of Les Deux Orphelines Vampires,” by Daniel Gouyette, featuring interviews with cast and crew of the film (2012, 40 min.)
– Interview with Jean Rollin, by Rebecca Johnson (2008, 20 min.)
– 12-page booklet with an essay by Tim Lucas, editor of Video Watchdog
– Original theatrical trailer
– Original trailers of nine other Rollin films

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