Jean Rollin‘s languorous cinema takes all elements traditionally deemed “trashy” by critics–bountiful nudity stiff actors, blood and violence–and places them firmly in the context of a sumptuous art film. His work is often designated to the ranks of exploitation/exploitation horror, yet flouts the expectations of these directors with his unimpeachable eye for rapturously beautiful scenery, color and composition. It is befitting, then, for the film-maker to be featured on the debut episode of Eurotika; Channel 4’s brilliant, short-lived series on European cult and horror directors. The episode, appropriately titled Vampires and Vigrins, charts the rise of Rollin and his limited success with, both, gore-obsessives and art-house connoisseurs.

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