So it is little surprise that one of the very few American entries in this sub-genre still has a very strong European presence, with English director Tony Scott at the helm and stars Catherine Deneuve and only leaving room for one American, Susan Sarandon, as a main contributor.
That's a powerful thing, especially for those who don't otherwise have a safe place to share who they really are.
Directed by Roger Vadim, who always had to marry his leading ladies, Blood and Roses stars his then-wife Annette Vadim as Carmilla.
Here are ten reasons why horror fans of all sexual appetites would offer their throats to these ferocious femme fatales.
There are no bedroom window boom boxes or car crashes or farewells in the rain.
For every dedicated Jean Rollin fan we will also have a dozen others who consider his oeuvre to be the cinematic equivalent of a sleeping pill — if you can sleep through that many nude women.
If not, maybe best stop now.
Charles Busch lightly spoofed them in the downtown stage play Vampire Lesbians of Sodom.