The Grapes of Death – original title: Les Raisins de La Mort – is a 1978 French horror feature film directed by Jean Rollin. It stars Marie-Georges Pascal, Felix Marten and Brigitte Lahaie, a Rollin favourite, also appears.
The plot centres on a young woman who becomes trapped in a village where a dangerous pesticide has turned the residents into the living dead.
According to director Rollin while shooting the unclothed scene with Brigitte Lahaie the temperature was so cold that the actress couldn’t speak her lines.
“Overall, I believe this to be one of Rollin’s greatest efforts, alongside The Living Dead Girl. Many viewers may be put off by its slow-moving nature, but I feel that this only adds to the sense of dread within the film itself. It’s a zombie movie that’s completely in a class of its own.” Digital Retribution
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“Rollin’s film is obviously much less heady than Romero’s, and it isn’t as intriguing or well-spun as Ossorio’s underrated classic. France’s first excursion into gratuitous splatter leaves a lot to be desired–the gore is adequate but clearly derivative of what other countries (especially Italy) had been up to for a few years by that point.” Oh, The Horror!