Rollin star Françoise Pascal added to LOST GIRLS roster


LOST GIRLS: THE PHANTASMAGORICAL CINEMA OF JEAN ROLLIN, the new book from Canadian micro-publisher Spectacular Optical, is in its final week for crowdfunding, with an Indiegogo campaign that ends on May 17th. Curated and edited by Samm Deighan, the book is the first to look at the career of the French horror and fantasy director from the perspective of an all-female roster of critics, scholars and film historians.

It has just been confirmed that Françoise Pascal, the star of Rollin’s beloved 1973 film La rose de fer (The Iron Rose) will write the foreword to the book.

This week saw the addition of a new perk that belong to Jean Rollin himself – a copy of Alexander Eliot’s 1976 book L’Universe fantastique des mythes for which Rollin’s wife Simone, an ardent and eloquent feminist in her own right, provided the French translation. The book was donated by the Rollin estate specifically for the Indiegogo campaign.

Other special perks still available in the campaign include ‘Château des Enigmes’ – a limited edition Jean Rollin-themed Mystery boardgame featuring artwork by the book’s cover artist Jessica Seamans – and the ‘Tour de sang’, a three-day guided tour to eight of Rollin’s iconic film locations, including chateaux, cemeteries and his beloved Dieppe beach.

The project surpassed its initial goal and has added a stretch goal that, if met, will allow for an additional 40 pages of images in the book as well as an upgrade to the boardgame that will see its weapons pieces sculpted in cold-cast metal by FX artist Dan Martin (FREE FIRE, HIGH RISE, A FIELD IN ENGLAND, HUMAN CENTIPEDE 2 etc).

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About the author:

Kier-La Janisse

Kier-La Janisse is a film writer and programmer, Owner/Artistic Director of Spectacular Optical Publications and founder of The Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies. She has been a programmer for the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema and Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas, co-founded Montreal microcinema Blue Sunshine, founded the CineMuerte Horror Film Festival (1999-2005) in Vancouver, was the Festival Director of Monster Fest in Melbourne, Australia and was the subject of the documentary Celluloid Horror (2005). She is the author of A Violent Professional: The Films of Luciano Rossi (FAB Press, 2007) and House of Psychotic Women: An Autobiographical Topography of Female Neurosis in Horror and Exploitation Films (FAB Press, 2012) and contributed to Destroy All Movies!! The Complete Guide to Punks on Film (Fantagraphics, 2011), Recovering 1940s Horror: Traces of a Lost Decade (Lexington, 2014) The Canadian Horror Film: Terror of the Soul (University of Toronto Press, 2015) and We Are the Martians: The Legacy of Nigel Kneale (PS Press, 2017). She co-edited and published the anthology books KID POWER! (Spectacular Optical, 2014), Satanic Panic: Pop-Cultural Paranoia in the 1980s (Spectacular Optical, 2015) and Lost Girls: The Phantasmagorical Cinema of Jean Rollin (2017), and is co-editing Yuletide Terror: Christmas Horror on Film and Television for release in late 2017. She is currently writing A Song From the Heart Beats the Devil Every Time: Children’s Programming and the Counterculture, 1965-1985, monographs about Monte Hellman’s Cockfighter and Patricia Birch’s Grease 2, and is in development on a TV series based on her book House of Psychotic Women with Rook Films.


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