Le Frisson des vampires (1970)

72m (UK), 90m, 6480 ft
35mm film, Eastmancolor

A French horror film directed by Jean Rollin.

Plot Summary

Newlyweds Antonio and Ise visit the old castle owned by Ise's recently deceased cousins. Overnight, Ise is led to a graveyard by the vampire Isolde (who emerges from a grandfather clock) and bitten during a strange ceremony. Antonio must try to rescue his new bride from the clutches of Isolde and her vampire clan…


* = uncredited

Directed by: Jean Rollin
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Producer: Jacques Prayer *
Script: Jean Rollin *
Director of Photography: Jean-Jacques Renon
Editor: Olivier Grégoire
Music: Groupe Acanthus
Sound Engineer: Jean-Paul Loublier
Make-up: Eric Pierre
Art Director: Michel Delesalles

Sandra Julien (Ise)
Jean-Marie Durand (Antoine)
Michel Delahaye (1st vampire)
Jacques Robiolles (2nd vampire)
Marie-Pierre [real name: Marie-Pierre Castel], Kuelan Herce (maids)
Nicole Nancel (Isabelle)
Dominique (Isolde)

Alternative Titles

El amanecer de los vampiros – Spanish DVD title
Sex and the Vampire
The Shiver of the
– US DVD title
Strange Things Happen at Night
– US title
Los temores de los vampiros
– Spanish title
The Terror of the Vampires
Thrill of the Vampires
Vampire Thrills
Violenza ad una vergine nella terra dei morti viventi
– Italian title


Cinefantastique vol.3 no.1 (Fall 1973) p.38 – review (Impossible is not French by Jean-Claude Morlot)
European Trash Cinema vol.2 no.8 p.26 – review
Fangoria no.190 (March 2000) p.74 – DVD note (by Michael Gingold and Matthew Kiernan)
Le Film Francais no.1351 (August 1970) p.6 (France) – credits
Horizons du Fantastique vol.18 (December 1971) pp.63-64 – review (by René Prédal)
Midi-Minuit Fantastique no.23 (October 1970) pp.38-39 – advert
Monthly Film Bulletin vol.38 no.454 (November 1971) p.219 – credits, synopsis, review (by James D. White)
Playcinéma vol.7 (February 1971) pp.28-32 – review
Sight & Sound vol.4 no.2 (February 1994) p.70 – video review (by Peter Dean)
Today's Cinema no.9950 (22 October 1971) p.12 – credits, review (by Marjorie Bilbow)
Unifrance Film – La Production Cinématographique Française no.81 (May 1972) – synopsis

The Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Horror by Phil Hardy (ed.) p.220-221
Cinematic Vampires by John L. Flynn pp.140
Euro : Classics of Continental Horror Cinema by Jonathan Rigby pp.132, 219-21, 222, 229, 328, 359
French Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror and Pulp Fiction by Jean-Marc Lofficier and Randy Lofficier p.33
Hoffman's Guide to SF, Horror and Fantasy Movies 1991-1992 p.145 – credits, review
Illustrated Vampire Movie Guide, The by Stephen Jones p.96 – credits, review
by Walt Lee p.151 – credits
Vampire Films of the 1970s: Dracula to Blacula and Every Fang Between by Gary A. Smith pp.96-97; 218 – review; credits