Celluloid Diaries: Strange Blood is going to Extrême Cinéma in Toulouse

Friday, January 31, 2020

Strange Blood is going to Extrême Cinéma in Toulouse

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Strange Blood is going to Toulouse!

I'm happy to be invited to the festival Extrême Cinéma, where I've programmed and will be introducing the vampire movies Female Vampire and Ganja & Hess.

In Female Vampire (La comtesse aux seins nus), Jess Franco cast 19-year-old Lina Romay, his muse, in her first leading role as a vampire feeding on both the sexual fluids and blood of her victims. Soaked in hypnagogic atmosphere, this Belgian co-production is one of the director's most transgressive films. Screened in the uncut erotic French-language version!

Female Vampire will be screened on Saturday, February 8th at 11 pm in the Cinémathèque de Toulouse.

And in Ganja and Hess, a ceremonial dagger grants anthropologist Dr. Hess immortality at the cost of a craving for blood. This highly-stylized curio about sex, religion and Afro-American identity flirts brilliantly with Blaxploitation and horror conventions. Finally shown in its original, restored version.

Ganja and Hess will be screened on Sunday, February 9 at 9 pm in the Cinémathèque de Toulouse.

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If you can't make it to Toulouse, you can read more about both movies in the book Strange Blood: 71 Essays on Offbeat and Underrated Vampire Movies.

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