Original Theatrical Poster
|Directed by||Jean Rollin|
|Written by||Jean Rollin|
|Music by||Pierre Raph|
|Editing by||Michel Patient|
|Distributed by||Général Films
Les Films A.B.C.
|Release dates||5 December 1974|
|Running time||95 mins|
Les Démoniaques (English title: Demoniacs) is a 1974 film directed by Jean Rollin, about a group of shipwrecked sailors who brutally rape two young women and the women re-emerge after making a pact with the devil to get their revenge.
At the end of the last century on the north European coasts, lived men who feared neither God nor the law. They lured ships towards the rocks where they were smashed to pieces. These men then plundered the wrecks. They were called wreckers. The Captain is their leader; he is an evil man, his strength gives him power over his henchmen. He has committed so many crimes that he has become almost mad. Villagers say he is haunted by the ghosts of his victims. His madness makes him dangerous and unpredictable. Le Bosco is one of his henchmen; he is cursed by all navies, the bad seed of the crew. He landed there dead drunk from a ship one night, with his bad on his shoulder, he follows the captain, but this sailor, never without his knife, hates taking orders. He bides his time like a vulture. He is false and crafty. Paul is the captain's other henchman. He is a former sailor, he suffers the captain's orders but grovels to Le Bosco, he will be on the winner's side. He is cruel and cowardly and has a worse temper that the others. He is strongest because each of the three thinks he's on their side. Tina, the wrecker. The angel of the accursed. Wild and perverted. This cruel animal is always ready to snap up the innocent who come too close to her she-wolf jaws. She will show no pity. It is a game for her to plunder wrecks and kill survivors. More than one dead man, his throat cut, takes with him the image of her magnificently shameless naked body.
When two young women accidentally stumble upon these wreckers, they brutally and violently rape them. The next day the captain thinks that he is going insane when he sees the women's dead bodies; he wrecks a tavern and gets into a fight with Le Bosco. The captain, Tina, Le Bosco and Paul go back to the wreck to kill the women but they manage to escape. Wandering around they come across a clown who looks after them. The woman are unable to speak but a man tells them he can help them, they communicate with a drawing and the man realises they want revenge. The woman are the only one who can free the devil from being imprisoned in the ruins of an old castle, by making love to each of them they will have the power to get their revenge. The women, now the démoniaques return for their revenge. At the beach they are again attacked by the captain and Le Bosco who tie them to the wreck. The captain goes mad and kills Tina and Le Bosco; realising what he has done is wrong, but unable to save them, the tide comes in and they all drown.
Joëlle Cœur as Tina
Lieva Lone as Demoniac
Patricia Hermenier as Demoniac
John Rico as The Captain
Willy Braque as Le Bosco
Paul Bisciglia as Paul
Ben Zimet as The Exorcist
Mireille Dargent as The Clown
Miletic Zivomir as The Devil
Isabelle Copejans as The Barmaid
Yves Colignon as The Barmaid's Lover
Veronique Fanis as Girl in Tavern
Monika Swinn as Girl in Tavern (credited as Monika)
Jacqueline Priest as Girl in Tavern
Anne Wattican as Girl in Tavern (credited as Anne Watticant)
Jean-Pierre Bouyxou as Sailor in Tavern
Raphaël Marongiu as Sailor with the Dracula puppet (credited as Raphale G. Marongiu)
Sylvio Dieu as Sailor
Gilbert Schnarbach as Sailor in Tavern
Yann as Sailor
Jio Berk as Sailor (uncredited)
Burr Jerger as Satanist Priest on the Beach (uncredited)
Jean-Jacques Renon as Tavestite (uncredited)
Released in the US on 21 September 1999 by Image intertainment with an aspect ratio of 1.64:1, the special features include: theatrical trailer, behind the scenes photos, production stills, publicity photos, Jean Rollin filmography.
Released in Europe on 30 August 2005 by Encore in a 3 DVD set with a new aspect ration of 1.78:1, the special features include: selected scenes with commentary (in English), interview with Willy Braque, theatrical trailer, short film Les Pays Loins, audio commentary on Les Pays Loins, deleted scenes and slide show.
Released in the UK on 27 September 2004 by Redemption with an aspect ratio of 1.64:1, the special features include: theatrical trailer, stills gallery, publicity, video art, Jean Rollin filmography, trailers for Black Magic Rites and Les Trottoirs de Bangkok and Triple Silence music video.
- Les Demoniaques at Jean Rollin's Official Website
- Les Démoniaques at the Internet Movie Database
- The Demoniacs (Blu-Ray Review) at Diabolique Magazine