A Virgin Among the Living Dead
|A Virgin Among the Living Dead|
|Directed by||Jesús Franco
|Produced by||Franco Gaudenzi
|Written by||Jesús Franco|
|Distributed by||Andrés Salvador Molina|
|Release dates||1973 (made in 1971)|
|Running time||78 min|
A Virgin Among the Living Dead is a 1971 European horror film made before the height of the first zombie craze. Released in France in 1973 as "Christina, Princess of Eroticism" / "Christina, princesse de l'érotisme", or "The Erotic Dreams of Christine". Jess Franco has said that the original shooting title of the film was "The Night of the Shooting Stars" / "La nuit des étoiles foilantes".
Producer Marius Lesoeur later had horror director Jean Rollin direct some newly filmed zombie footage in 1981 that was added to Franco's film for its 1981 re-release. Franco purists insisted that "Virgin" be released in its former unadulterated form on DVD (with the Rollin footage removed from the actual film), feeling that the added Jean Rollin footage (which was totally unrelated to the original plotline) greatly slowed down the pace of the film.
A woman arrives from England to visit her estranged relatives in a small castle for the reading of her dead father's will, she eventually discovers that they are all undead and her decision to live with them turns into a nightmare. She learns that a succubbus known as the Queen of the Night has claimed her father's eternal soul, because he had committed suicide. Jess Franco himself played a rather large (bizarre) co-starring role in this film, a mindless cretin named Basilio who walks the corridors talking in gibberish to a severed chicken's head.
- Christina von Blanc as Christina Benson
- Britt Nichols as Carmencé (as Britt Nickols)
- Rosa Palomar as Aunt Abigail
- Anne Libert as The Queen of the Night
- Howard Vernon as Uncle Howard
- Paul Muller as Ernesto Pablo Reiner, Christina's father
- Jesús Franco as Basilio (as Jesús Manera)
- Nicole Guettard as Female Doctor (as Nicole Franco)
- Alice Arno as Princess of Eroticism (erotic inserts only)
Home media releases
In addition, the film has also seen a VHS release under the title Zombie 4.
The film was released on DVD in the United States by Image Entertainment in 2003 as part of their EuroShock horror line. Some DVD releases features an extended version of the film that runs 13 minutes longer than the US and UK releases, because it contains the extra Jean Rollin footage later added to the film in 1981 when it was re-released theatrically in Europe.
- "Kino Lorber and Redemption Release Jess Franco's A Virgin Among the Living Dead, Nightmares Come at Night, and The Awful Dr. Orlof on Blu-ray and DVD" (Press release). New York City, NY: Kino Lorber. 2013-08-06. Retrieved 2013-08-23.
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