Film
IRON ROSE, THE
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IRON ROSE, THE

THE IRON ROSE is A MAN AND A WOMAN on Jean Rollin’s terms -- both simplistic films follow a budding relationship between two people. But where Claude Lelouch’s ponderous eye-candy is all roses and chivalry, Rollin cuts to the dark ‘n’ dirty chase. Chance meeting. Date. Tomb sex. Locked gates. Madness. Sure, the entire film takes place in a cemetery (with a few beach fantasies for kicks). And yes, established horror elements are thrown out the window. This is pretty much two people running around, making love, fighting, screaming at each other, and trying to escape from a graveyard for 85 minutes. Not at all what we expect. But like the majority of Andy Milligan‘s legacy, that’s what makes it so irresistible. (Joseph A. Ziemba)

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