Fascination is the 1979 French horror film directed by Jean Rollin. Elizabeth and Eva work in a mansion and wait for a gathering of women who will perform a dark rite. Mark, the leader of a gang, flees to the mansion after his cronies’ rebel. He bumps into the two women and they begin a tenuous alliance. Further complicating things is that Eva has fallen in love with Mark, making Elizabeth jealous. The gang catches up to Mark, but Eva kills them off. He decides to stay around because he wants to find out what the women are doing, despite Eva’s warnings. Why do the women gather at midnight?
While the movie is rather thin on plot, the mystery at the heart of the film is what keeps the viewer watching. Interestingly, there are no real vampires in the movie, although the women do drink blood. They certainly act like then though, as they are willing to kill in order to stay young and beautiful. Eva is the most complex character in the film as she likes being a part of the group, but she doesn’t want Mark to die. He does act like a cocky idiot, but since it’s a part of his character, it’s justified. Honolulu horror film fans should rent it first.
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