El espanto surge de la tumba – HORROR RISES FROM THE TOMB – The Dungeon Review!
Having just seen the special edition of Horror Rises from the Tomb I had no idea the version I had watched previously was so badly mangled! The copy I had was on a dvd and offered 9 horror films for one low price. There were at least two scenes missing altogether, no nudity at all and some of the worse dubbing I have ever witnessed with no option of subtitles. Even then, I still thought it had its charms. I pulled the starring and director credits from IMDB and could not believe what a low rating this film had! Honestly! An average user rating of 4.8/10? What the deuce?! Sure, the film has some issues but there are some moments of magnificence here that cannot be denied! What can I say? One man’s trash is another man’s (or goregirl’s) treasure.
In fifteenth century France Alaric de Marnac and his mistress are executed for crimes against humanity. Both swear bloody vengeance on their executioners and their descendants. As a precaution, the superstitious lot remove the head of Alaric de Marnac and bury it separately from his body. Fast forward to the swinging 70’s where we meet a group of friends. Alaric’s descendant Hugo de Marnac, an artist troubled by visions of dark eyes and their two lovely ladies travel to the family estate in the mountains. The group find the severed head of Alaric which has the power to possess and would like to get reacquainted with its body.
The basic plot is familiar and the devil worship/black arts theme is a common one in European horror. Thanks to Nashcy, there are enough bizarre touches to make this one feel unique. Paul Naschy, who plays three roles in the film also wrote the screenplay. The story is wacky, and the dialog is often outrageous, but in the best possible way. The visuals are creative and delicious, I could watch this film with the sound off and still enjoy it. There are possessions, talking severed heads, executions, nudity, bloody sacrifices and zombies. Pretty much everything I look for in European horror films from the 70’s. The scenes featuring de Marnac’s talking head alone, are worth the price of admission! There are some really nice looking outdoor scenes of swampland, graveyards and the like and some decent atmosphere particularily in the opening sequence. The performances are the cat’s ass with Naschy and his trio of roles and the lovely Emma Cohen who plays Elvira who is sexy, charming and naughty. Horror Rises from the Tomb is just a rollicking good time! It will certainly appeal to many of those that have an affection for the European horror of the decade. Highly Recommended!
Dungeon Rating: 4/5
Directed By: Carlos Aured
Starring: Paul Naschy, Emma Cohen, Víctor Alcázar, Helga Liné, Betsabé Ruiz, Luis Ciges, Julio Peña, María José Cantudo and Juan Cazalilla