Girl Slaves of Morgana Le Fay (1971)
By: Michael Helms on October 31, 2005  |  Comments  |  Bookmark and Share
Mondo Macabro (USA). All Regions, NTSC. 1.66:1 (16:9 enhanced). French DD 2.0. English Subtitles. 86 minutes
The Movie
Director: Bruno Gantillon
Starring: Dominique Delpierre, Mireille Saunin, Michele Perello, Regine Motte, Alfred Baillou
Screenplay: Jaques Chaumelle
Country: France
AKA: Morgane et Ses Nymphes
In some pre-twentieth century time and place, a blonde wearing only handcuffs is accused of sacrilege by a kangaroo court. She's led away, presumably to some bizarre punishment, but we only get the opening titles.

Cut to the early 70s and we have two pretty twentysomethings cruising the French countryside looking for kicks. Stopping at a village tavern they get the cold shoulder from the largely male populace who warn them away. Later the girls are lost and running out of petrol so they bed down on the hay in a shed by the side of the road. The next day, after the blonde has come onto the brunette, the blonde has disappeared and there's a nasty hunchback in a dress in the doorway who forces the brunette to follow him. She's rushed through a forest and left by the edge of a lake. A small boat festooned with floral arrangements spirits her away and she's greeted on another bank by sisters in flimsy coloured robes. When some nude hair brushing commences, Gurth, the hunchback, makes it known he likes to watch lesbian love as he orders another to join in. Our gal is soon being bathed by three of the girl slaves of Morgana Le Fay as she chit chats with their leader. Morgana alludes to her cure for death but after dinner they re-convene to smoke a hookah. The new gal is soon stoned. Old crones mill in the dungeon below.

Later, a new convert balks on the initiation ceremony rack when offered the choice of staying forever young, or becoming a crone. Some of the girl slaves decide to revolt and go to see Gurth. Our original gals, Francois and Anna, hook up again and pour wine over each other before lapping it up. During a swinging dance party one of Morgana's talismans goes missing. Francois does too. Anna decides to stay. As Francois leaves she has a change of heart.

Although many of the female cast members spend much onscreen time wearing nothing more than heavy eye make-up, Girl Slaves is soft-core all the way, but it's a serious effort to meld horror and sexploitation. The tale of a centuries old witch and her coven and their ongoing search for nubile new members comes on like an episode of Hammer House of Horror but engineers enough of its own flash to warrant more than a cursory glance. At the least, fans of the work of Jean Rollin should lap it up.
While minor print wear is sometimes evident, it never detracts from the warm colour reproduction of this flick. A great skin tones test disc.
The mono soundtrack pushes to the fore another similarity with the work of Jean Rollin, the music (electric folk by Cisco Elrubio).
Extra Features
A recent interview with director Bruno Gantillon and the short he made as an audition reel for Girl Slaves, An Artistic Couple, head a decent array of extras that include deleted scenes, a large poster and stills gallery, the trailer, a ton of text, and Mondo Macabre previews.
The Verdict
Girl Slaves of Morgana Le Fay is another fantastic discovery and presentation from Mondo Macabro. Loaded with lesbian sex, ever present menace, and minimal actual violence, Girl Slaves of Morganna Le Fay isn't ever likely to top too many favourite film lists but is still more than a historically interesting cinematic footnote.
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