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Director: Joe Sarno
Label: Vinegar Syndrome
From the mind of erotic auteur Joe Sarno comes RED ROSES OF PASSION, a lurid tale of lust and violence.
Carla is fed up with her dull home life, living a prudish existence with her spinster aunt. After being introduced to a tarot reader, Carla quickly finds herself involved with a mysterious sect known as The Cult of Pan, who have learned to harness the carnal powers of roses to entrap men into sexual liaisons. But as Carla delves deeper into the occult world, the true and much more sinister motives of the cult start to become apparent.
Lauded as one of Sarno’s finest films, RED ROSES OF PASSION is a grim melodrama, punctuated by sequences of torrid eroticism.
Starring Sarno regular actors Patricia McNair and Judson Todd and lensed in contrast heavy black and white by future arthouse auteur Tony Lover, RED ROSES is a distinctly original sexploitation classic and has been fully restored by Vinegar Syndrome from its recently unearthed camera negative.
Video interview with Sarno historian Michael Bowen