Les Raisins de la Mort  

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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.
Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.

Les Raisins de La Mort (English: The Grapes of Death), is a 1978 French horror film directed by Jean Rollin. It centres on a young woman who becomes trapped in a village where a dangerous pesticide has turned the residents into zombies.



When a worker at the Roublès winemaking vineyard becomes ill, complaining of a pain in his neck, his boss tells him that he must have got a knock and tells him to go back to work.

A young woman by the name of Élizabeth is travelling by train to Roublès to live with her fiancee, the owner of the vineyard, and makes a friend with a woman along the way. The man, who had the pain in his neck, boards the train and stares at Élizabeth's friend who is in the bathroom. Élizabeth, alone at her seat gets worried about her friend, but then the man comes and sits with her. She escapes the train when the man's neck starts to bleed and she discovers her friend dead on the floor. Élizabeth runs to a nearby village for help and then she goes to a house. A man and his daughter are sitting quietly at the table. She explains to them what happened, but they tell her to go and have a rest. When she begins to panic, she goes up to the bedroom and discovers a woman with her neck slit. The man's daughter tells her that it's her mother and that her father killed her because he's become insane. The woman and Élizabeth plan to leave the house, but her father catches them and rips open his daughter's blouse to reveal the wounds: the same wounds he has (and also the man on the train). He tells his daughter she will not suffer the way he did and sticks a garden fork into her chest. Élizabeth leaves the house and takes the man's car. When he gets in front of it and begs her to kill him, she runs him over and drives off.

Élizabeth travels further into the village to look for help and is approached by a man whose head is covered with the infection. He smashes his head against the car window until it breaks and Élizabeth shoots him. She comes across a blind girl named Lucy who is searching for her caregiver, Lucas. Élizabeth helps her and discovers a lot of dead bodies covered with the infection. Lucy knows something is wrong but Élizabeth won't tell her so she runs of in search of Lucas. She eventually finds him, unaware he is infected and insane and he strangles her. Élizabeth hears her screams and finds her dead and tied up to a door, where Lucas chops off her head. As the zombies chase her, a woman rescues her. This woman has been trapped in a house for a few days, so she and Élizabeth try to get out and run, but the woman grabs Élizabeth and gives her to Lucas. Two men, Paul and Lucien show up and start to kill the zombies. The woman goes to them for help, so they tell her to wait by their truck. Élizabeth fights Lucas off and goes to the truck where she and the woman get into a fight, resulting in the woman getting her face burned. She then blows up the truck.

Élizabeth, Paul and Lucien walk to Roublès and on the way they discover that it was a wine festival on the Sunday before that caused the villagers to turn into zombies. Once they arrive at Roublès, Paul and Lucien have something to eat while Élizabeth searches for her fiancee. She finds him and discovers he is infected. Paul shoots him so Èlizabeth shoots Paul and then she shoots Lucien.


  • Marie-Georges Pascal as Élizabeth
  • Félix Marten as Paul (credited as Felix Marten)
  • Serge Marquand as Lucien
  • Mirella Rancelot
  • Patrice Valota
  • Patricia Cartier
  • Michel Herval



Released on 26 March 2002 in the US by Synapse Films in an aspect ratio of 1.66:1. It was again released in the US uncut on 20 May 2008 by Redemption Films with the same aspect ratio of 1.66:1 and also with different packaging.

Released on 25 April 2005 in UK by Redemption with the aspect ratio of 1.66:1, the special features include: stills gallery, video art, filmography, merchandise, trailers for The Devil's Nightmare and Nude for Satan and Triple Silence music video.

Other titles

The Grapes of Death
The Raisins of Death
Foltermühle der Gefangennen Frauen

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