Why watch Dracula when you can watch a chic French vampire flick? In Toronto, you can check one out on the big screen leading up to Halloween. On October 22nd, The Royal Cinema screens French director Jean Rollin’s The Nude Vampire, a surreal approach to the genre. The film features the requisite tropes: a beautiful young woman trapped in a villa, forbidden love, a Gothic castle, and a lonely French beach. Plus, Rollin infuses the 1970 work with social commentary. Parisian class warfare and countercultural movements weave their way into this cult classic.
Stick around for the launch of Lost Girls: The Phantasmagorical Cinema of Jean Rollin, a new, locally-published tome. It’s smart criticism with a feminist bent.