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(aka "The Shiver of the Vampires" or "Strange Things Happen at Night" or "Sex and the Vampire" or "Thrill of the Vampires" )

 

directed by Jean Rollin
France 1971

 

Newlyweds Isle (Sandra Julien, I AM A NYMPHOMANIAC) and Antoine (Jean-Marie Durand) arrive at her ancestral castle only to discover that her cousins (Jacques Robiolles and Michel Delahaye) are dead and being mourned by their communal bride Isabelle (Nicole Nancel). They find the castle being looked after by two maids (Rollin fixture Marie-Pierre Castel and Kuelan Herce) and are even more shocked when the dead cousins turn up for dinner (after the sun has set, of course). The couple gradually learn that Isle's cousins were vampire killers who fell under the influence of Isolde (Dominique, REQUIEM FOR A VAMPIRE) who is now working to bring Isle into the fold. Rollin's fourth vampire film, FRISSON DES VAMPIRE takes the makeshift decaying elegance of his previous films and adds mod decadence to the mix (along with cinematographer Jean-Jacques Renon breaking out the color gels and illuminating the massive castle exteriors and cemetery locations at night and Acanthus providing a progressive score). Dominique - first seen emerging from a clock - makes cuts an impressive figure while Delahaye in mod clothing makes an interesting contrast to the industrialist who wanted to exploit the secret of vampiric longevity that he played in Rollin's previous vampire film LE VAMPIRE NUE.

Eric Cotenas

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Theatrical Release: January 1978 (USA)

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DVD Comparison:

Encore Films - Region 0 - PAL vs. Image Entertainment - Region 0 - NTSC vs. Redemption Films - Region 0 - NTSC

Big thanks to Eric Cotenas for all the Encore and Image Ent. Screen Caps!

1) Encore Films - Region 0 - PAL - LEFT

2) Image Entertainment - Region 0 - NTSC - MIDDLE

3) Redemption Films - Region 0 - NTSC - RIGHT

 

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Distribution

Encore Films

Region 0 - PAL

Image Entertainment
Region 0 - NTSC
Redemption Films
Region 0 - NTSC
Runtime 1:30:54 (4% PAL speedup) 1:34:49 1:30:36 (French) / 1:30:52 (English)
Video

1.78:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 7.76 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

1.61:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.52 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

1.62:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 5.14 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

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Encore Films

 

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Image Entertainment

 

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Redemption Films

 

Audio French (Dolby Digital 2.0 mono); English (Dolby Digital 2.0 mono)

French (Dolby Digital 1.0 mono)

French (Dolby Digital 2.0 mono); English (Dolby Digital 2.0 mono)
Subtitles English, Dutch, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Finnish, Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, Polish, none English, none English (only available when selecting the French language version)
Features Release Information:
Studio: Encore Films

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.78:1

Edition Details:
• DISC TWO:
• Audio Commentary by Jean Rollin (16:9; 1:28:16 - in French with English subtitles)
• Alternate Scene 1 (16:9; 4:41)
• Alternate Scene 2 (16:9; 3:35)
• Alternate Scene 3 (16:9; 3:45)
• French Trailer (16:9; 3:59)
• English Trailer (16:9; 4:21)
• Slideshow
• 32-page booklet with essay by Jean Rollin

DVD Release Date:
Digipack in Sleeve

Chapters 8

Release Information:
Studio: Image Entertainment

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen letterboxed - 1.61:1

Edition Details:
• French Trailer (4:3; 4:00 - English subtitles)
• English Trailer (4:3; 4:14)
• Behind the Scenes Photos
• Stills Gallery
• Publicity Stills
• Director Filmography

 

DVD Release Date: September 21, 1999
Keep Case (later Amaray)

Chapters 18

Release Information:
Studio:
Redemption

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.62:1

Edition Details:
• Short Film Les Amours Janunes (Their Jaundiced Lovers) (16X9 - 10:10 optional English subtitles)
• 
Jean Rollin Interview (4:3; 20:19)
• French Trailer (16:9; 3:58)
• Stills Gallery
• Redemptions Trailers

DVD Release Date: December 7th 2010
Transparent Keep case

Chapters 8

 

Comments

ADDITION: Redemption Films - Region 0 - NTSC: I may be incorrect but I think there are actually two different version on this one dual-layered DVD - the French language one taking up about 2.9 Gig and the English language at about 3.5 Gig. Both are interlaced and appear to be taken from an unconverted PAL source. I began to think they were separate version when you couldn't choose subtitles or audio options on the fly (which you can do with the included Rollin short) - only via the menu. But there seems to be little to no difference between the English and French image quality (see last 2 captures) - excepting some light movement in the framing. Also the running time is slightly different but both support a probable PAL source. It may also be vertically stretched compared to the other discs (see grandfather clock face - not perfectly round). NOTE: Eric discusses more specific 'cut' differences below.

Either/or the image is significantly weaker than both other purchase options - showing even less detail than the non-anamorphic Image Entertainment transfer. The Redemption rendering is anamorphic but quite hazy in the 1.62:1 aspect ratio. Audio for both seem fine - as do the English subtitles - only available when choosing the French-language version.

Extras have some merit with a 10-minute Rollin's short; Les Amours Janunes (Their Jaundiced Lovers) and a 20-minute interview with the director. There is also a trailer and stills gallery. The Encore still wins out in regards to supplements with the commentary and alternate scenes. If you are watching via CRT and less concerned with image clarity then the Redemption should suffice. More discerning fans may wish to seek out the Encore.

Gary W. Tooze

On the Encore - PAL - DVD: Encore's 2 disc edition presents an anamorphic, dual-layer transfer which unexpectedly reveals more picture information on the sides in its 1.78:1 framing than the 1.61:1 framing of the Image disc (1.66:1 being a more likely aspect ratio of French spherical productions). French audio on both releases sounds similar in quality. The Encore disc also features the English dub track in okay quality.

Seemingly in anticipation of a future barebones release, Encore presents the extras entirely on a second disc (including an 88 minute version of the film over which is heard the Rollin audio commentary in French with English subtitles - there is no alternate track of just the film's audio). The English dubbed version of FRISSON DES VAMPIRES was initially acquired by Harry Novak's Box Office International (along with REQUIEM POUR UN VAMPIRE and LE VAMPIRE NUE but only the former was released by Novak) but not released until later as STRANGE THINGS HAPPEN AT NIGHT by a different distributor (it was released as SEX AND THE VAMPIRE in the UK in 1971). While Redemption's UK tape of the English version featured a cut that was similar to the version on both DVDs, the prints that went to the US featured some additional nudity and insert footage that was shot by someone other than Rollin (including a body-doubled sex scene between the film's main couple which doesn't make sense as the vampires seem to require that Isle's marriage be unconsummated) but they are not shot in the U.S. This version was released on cassette by Something Weird Video but is out of print. The alternative scenes on the Encore disc feature more sex and nudity but are not the bits present on the US versions. Reportedly, the original Spanish version of the film features alternate music cues (but this version would have been censored if released before 1975 in Spain). It is not known if the Spanish DVD actually presents that version or a new dub. There is also reportedly a color version of the pre-credits sequence.

 - Eric Cotenas

 



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Encore Films - Region 0 - PAL - LEFT vs. Image Entertainment - Region 0 - NTSC - RIGHT)

 

 

Redemption Films - Region 0 - NTSC

 


 

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1) Encore Films - Region 0 - PAL - TOP

2) Image Entertainment - Region 0 - NTSC - MIDDLE

3) Redemption Films - Region 0 - NTSC - BOTTOM

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1) Encore Films - Region 0 - PAL - TOP

2) Image Entertainment - Region 0 - NTSC - MIDDLE

3) Redemption Films - Region 0 - NTSC - BOTTOM

 


1) Encore Films - Region 0 - PAL - TOP

2) Image Entertainment - Region 0 - NTSC - MIDDLE

3) Redemption Films - Region 0 - NTSC - BOTTOM

 


1) Encore Films - Region 0 - PAL - TOP

2) Image Entertainment - Region 0 - NTSC - MIDDLE

3) Redemption Films - Region 0 - NTSC - BOTTOM

 


1) Encore Films - Region 0 - PAL - TOP

2) Image Entertainment - Region 0 - NTSC - MIDDLE

3) Redemption Films - Region 0 - NTSC - BOTTOM

 


1) Encore Films - Region 0 - PAL - TOP

2) Image Entertainment - Region 0 - NTSC - MIDDLE

3) Redemption Films - Region 0 - NTSC - BOTTOM

 


1) Encore Films - Region 0 - PAL - TOP

2) Image Entertainment - Region 0 - NTSC - MIDDLE

3) Redemption Films - Region 0 - NTSC - BOTTOM

 

 


1) Redemption Films (English) - Region 0 - NTSC - TOP

2) Redemption Films (French) - Region 0 - NTSC - BOTTOM

 

Report Card:

Image:

Encore

Sound:

Encore

Extras: Encore
Menu: Encore

 
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Distribution

Encore Films

Region 0 - PAL

Image Entertainment
Region 0 - NTSC
Redemption Films
Region 0 - NTSC

 

 




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