The Iron Rose (Blu-ray Disc, 2012)
| Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.
The Iron Rose is actually fairly restrained.
It's a fairly simple story of a young couple who get locked in a cemetary at night, and the rapid disintegration of their relationship and sanity. The girl (neither character is given a name in the film) is affected the most, as she begins to embrace the death and decay surrounding them, to the point of even talking to corpses beneath their feet. In the wrong hands, such scenes might have decended into camp, but Rollin gets a bravura performance out of Francoise Pascal. She takes the girl from kittenish flirt to screaming lunatic in a matter of minutes.
As with most any foreign "art" movies, one can look for something beneath the surface if one enjoys that type of celluloid psychoanalysis. The girl, for example, may be taking on her shocking new hobby out of disappointment in her would-be lover (who unfortunately resembles the French love child of Rob Lowe and Eric McCormack). If that sounds far-fetched, consider this exchange early in the film: As the pair settle in for a picnic beside a tombstone, the boy accidentally knocks over an iron cross marker.
If you've heard about Rollin and wanted to give him a try. I'd actually suggest you start with Shiver of the Vampires or his most popular movie Fascination. But if you like atmosphere and suggestive horror, The Iron Rose is a good choice as well.