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THE MUMMY’S REVENGE (1973) – The Dungeon Photo Review!

Posted in horror, movies, Spain with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 31, 2013 by goregirl

I’ve said it before and I will say it again and again; I love Paul Naschy. As is often his shtick; he plays multiple roles in The Mummy’s Revenge. Here he plays Amenhotep (both manly and moldy mummy form) and Assad Bey a wealthy modern-day descendant. I have no complaints about any of the cast; Jack Taylor is excellent as Professor Stern, María Silva is charming as Abigail, Helga Liné gives her usual solid and sexy performance and Rina Ottolina who plays both Helen and Amarna is empathetic and gorgeous. Carlos Aured (who directed one of my other all-time favourite Naschy flicks Curse of the Devil) directs with gusto. The sets are simply superb! I loved how they went to the trouble of draping the sacrificial maidens in the same gauzy fabric as the curtains that adorned the room. Nice touch! The costumes and makeup were also a real treat. There is a significant quantity of throat-cutting and head squishing adorned with nice bright red paint-like blood. This DVD was a lovely clean print and it was a real treat to see some Naschy subtitled! There is only one way to honor a film like The Mummy’s Revenge; a picture review.

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Amenhotep rules his kingdom with a ruthless hand! Here he is with his favourite concubine Amarna enjoying some torture and death while they feast.

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The blood is a sacrifice to their god.

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Needless to say; the people are unsatisfied with Amenhotep’s rule.

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Sure Mr. Amenhotep, I would be more than happy to fetch you a drink. 

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“They’ve poisoned me!”

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“One day I will be free and I shall unleash my hatred upon the world.”

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Amenhotep in his fancy sarcophagus.

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Professor Nathan Stern and Abigail discovering Amenhotep’s sarcophagus.

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These two might be up to no good.

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Landsbury Foundation – Ancient Art Collection (they keep art there).

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“This is one of the greatest archeological discoveries…”

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Reading from the papyrus found in a box near Amenhotep’s body: “We will bury him alive so that his black spirit roams without peace or tranquility”.

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“You’ll have to forgive me, my head hurts badly.” She thinks her head hurts now! 

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“…Then when the confluence of the stars is propitious…” I felt the need to include this partial sentence.

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Three maidens walking alone at night; this one fell down. “Anne, Marie! Come here please!”

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Back to sacrificing…must bring back Amenhotep!

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“Horus, Favourite of Osiris…” Blah blah bring back Amenhotep!

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“It’s horrible, horrible Mr. Commissioner, the three have disappeared.”

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Now to give the blood to Amenhotep… Zanufer, you hold the incense.

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It’s alive!

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I’m squishing your head!

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“That’s absurd, incredible; a mummy can’t come back to life!”

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“…to free me from my millennial immobility…” I can’t deny, millennial immobility would suck.

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Holy shit! Is that a freaking mummy?!

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After millennial immobility Amenhotep sure knows how to get around!

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“There is something perverse about Assad Bey, disquieting.”

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Cool peephole shot of Professor Stern and Helen as they drop by uninvited to the Assad Bey household.

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Peephole shot from their perspective.

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Helen (who bares a striking resemblance to Amenhotep’s favourite concubine Amarna) falls under the trance of the moldy mummy who wanders nearby.

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The crippled Sir Douglas Carter alone.

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The mummy approaches…

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Assad Bey and Zanufer discuss double-crossing Amenhotep.

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Professor Stern and Abigail surprised in the dark by Amenhotep.

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The final scene…I will leave you guessing.

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Fin.

Dungeon Rating: 4/5

Directed By: Carlos Aured

Starring: Paul Naschy, Jack Taylor, María Silva, Helga Liné, Eduardo Calvo, Fernando Sánchez Polack, Luis Gaspar, José Yepes, Juan Antonio Soler

BLUE EYES OF THE BROKEN DOLL (1974) – The Dungeon Review!

Posted in horror, movies, Spain with tags , , , , , , , , , , on September 24, 2012 by goregirl

I know most of you will never ever enjoy Paul Naschy films like I do. Paul Naschy is a perfect fit in the world of low-budget Euro-trash. Whether he is playing good or evil Naschy always gets the ladies! Even when he is a wolf-man he gets laid! Some of Naschy’s films feel like a porn flick without the pornography. Naschy exudes macho confidence; it is not uncommon to see him strike a Captain Morgan-like pose, sometimes with his shirt off. It is a bonus when he does the cocked eyebrow thing. Boom-chicka-chicka-boom! Sure, he can pour it on thick at times but that is all part of his charm. Naschy is not just an actor, he is also a director. One of my favourite Naschy films, The Night of the Werewolf stars and was directed by Mr. Naschy. I won’t deny that some Naschy films are plagued by poor continuity, awful dubbing and logy pacing but there are definitely some seriously entertaining gems in the mix. Blue Eyes of the Broken Doll is extra special because it is a Spanish Giallo! Not only do we get a shirtless Naschy who is seducing a household of psychotic women (the film’s alternative title is House of Psychotic Women!); we get death dramatic jam-packed with red herrings! Boom-chicka-chicka-boom!

Gilles is an escaped convict hitchhiking his way across Spain in search of work. After enjoying a cheese sandwich and a glass of wine he is picked up by a local woman named Claude who offers him work at her home where she lives with her two sisters; Nicole and Yvette. Gilles arrival coincides with the grisly murders of women who have had their eyes plucked out, making him the most obvious suspect. But Gilles is not the only one with secrets in this sordid story including the trio of lovely ladies, the doctor, the suspicious new nurse, the bitter barmaid and even the police captain.

All three sisters have their eye on Gilles but it is the youngest sister Nicole who aggressively pursues him. She even has her own plucky-porny music when she is on the prowl! In one scene she just plants herself a few feet away from Gilles as he is doing some yard work. Naughty Nicole apparently doesn’t get out much and complains she is being kept at home like a prisoner by her sister Claude. Claude has a badly disfigured arm and wears an ugly prosthetic hand. She is a severe looking woman with her hair tightly pulled back and conservative clothing. She is painfully self-conscience and stand-offish but Naschy breaks down her tough facade (it is all about how you caress the prosthetic!). Before you can say boom-chicka-chicka-boom Claude is letting her hair down and donning a mini-skirt and go-go boots! Finally we have the beautiful wheelchair-bound sister Yvette. Dr. Phillipe believes her paralysis is psychological. Poor Yvette doesn’t really get to have much fun at all! Enter foxy lady number four; Michelle the replacement nurse. Michelle shows up with a letter for Dr. Phillipe allegedly explaining why she has come in place of another nurse. It’s all fun and games until someone has both of their blue eyes plucked out!

I could not help but notice Gilles only took one sip of wine from his glass before leaving the roadside cafe. Who does that? Yeesh! Blue Eyes of the Broken Doll actually has a fairly jaunty pace for a film of its ilk. Granted, it takes a little while before the first corpse shows up but there are plenty of curiosities to keep you occupied in the meantime. We are treated to Gilles spontaneous dreamy flashbacks where he strangles a woman in an empty room. I assume this was the woman he killed to land himself in prison. The interaction between Gilles and the ladies is quite entertaining, even if some of it was unintentionally funny.

I rather enjoyed the cast of Blue Eyes of the Broken Doll. The trio of sisters played by Diana Lorys, Eva León and Maria Perschy were perfectly chosen. Do I need to say anymore on Mr. Naschy? I love him! There is sex, nudity and violence, although it is relatively tamed, even for 1974. The film looked quite decent and at times is actually quite stylish. There are some well-executed moments of suspense and a particularly kooky and fabulous finale. I especially enjoyed the shots of two black gloved hands dumping two freshly-plucked eyeballs into a bowl of water! It keeps you guessing right up to the end. Some of that might be due to the ideas that are introduced and simply abandoned or the key plot points that never receive a substantial explanation; but hey! I never said the film was perfect.

I really really dug Blue Eyes of the Broken Doll! It had everything I have come to expect from Euro-trash of the 70s; sex and nudity, lovely ladies, a convoluted plot, a black-gloved killer, red herrings and a mucho macho performance from one of my favourite men of the era Paul Naschy! Despite some flaws Blue Eyes of the Broken Doll comes highly recommended. Boom-chicka-chicka-boom!

Dungeon Review: 4/5

Directed By: Carlos Aured

Starring: Paul Naschy, Diana Lorys, Eduardo Calvo, Eva Leon, Inés Morales, Antonio Pica, Luis Ciges, Pilar Bardem, Maria Perschy

Goregirl’s Werewolf Project: CURSE OF THE DEVIL (1973)

Posted in horror, movies, Spain with tags , , , , , , , on May 23, 2012 by goregirl

My werewolf project is coming to an end! I have seen everything on my list with the exception of just one title; Hercules, Prisoner of Evil. I can not find this damn film anywhere. Hercules battles a sorceress who turns men into werewolves…and it’s Italian! Hello! Thanks to Wednesday’s Child for suggesting this title! I plan on seeing it some day, some how (I still owe you a shrine WC). Curse of the Devil was briefly shortlisted but was knocked off the list by another Paul Naschy title. Curse of the Devil is more than just a werewolf film! It also has Satan-worshipping gypsies, a serial killer and a Countess Elizabeth Bathory tie in!

Irineus Daninsky is responsible for the execution of Countess Elizabeth Bathory and her female followers. Before the Countess is burned at the stake she lays down a bad-ass curse on the Daninsky’s lineage; in the future a terrible accident will result in the curse being exacted. We jump ahead several years later and meet Waldemar Daninsky who is hunting wolves and accidently shoots a gypsy man. The gypsies conduct a ritual where a woman is chosen to seduce Waldemar and leave him scarred by the “mark of the wolf”. The woman is successful in her endeavour but is immediately snuffed out by a serial killer who has recently escaped incarceration. The serial killer and the werewolf are simultaneously killing folks but with the news of a serial killer on the loose, Waldemar’s crimes have gone unnoticed. Unnoticed, that is until the serial killer’s dead body is found.

Curse of the Devil opens with Irineus Daninsky in armour fighting Bathory’s hubby. Upon slaying the evil count he arrests the countess and her followers post-haste. The women are promptly executed; the followers are thrown off the castle bridge with nooses around their necks and the Countess gets the old “burned at the stake” treatment. Wow! That is one hella-stylish and enthusiastic opening scene! One of the best non-werewolf openings of a werewolf film ever I would say! The story is fairly wacky, but it is more coherent than many of the werewolf films I’ve seen during this feature. Most of you are probably familiar with the history of Countess Elizabeth Bathory; those who are not; the bloody lady of Cachtice was allegedly responsible for the torture and death of hundreds of young women whose blood she apparently bathed in to maintain her youth. This has absolutely no relevance to this story whatsoever. In Curse of the Devil, Bathory appears to be engaging in some manner of satanic ritual when Irineus Daninsky and his men come to arrest her. Furthermore she has the ability to enact a curse suggesting she is possibly a witch. Bathory is generally associated with vampirism not witchcraft and werewolves, but what the hell, worked for me!

Waldemar feels deep regret about the unfortunate death of the gypsy. So much regret he can’t even give his condolences and instead sends his lackey to give them a small bag of coins. Of course, the curse has been foretold so he is screwed regardless. Can’t undo a foretold curse ya’ll! I must say the gypsy’s method of “marking” Waldemar with the wolf curse was a unique one. It is the first and only instance I can recall of spilling one’s own blood on the skull of a wolf and than clamping said wolf’s jaw onto the chest of the intended! I love it!! I really dig how all these Spanish werewolf films mix in all manner of other sub-genres but still manage to make the werewolf the focus. Paul Naschy always gives a real angsty, hand-wringing performance. I love the classic half-man, half-wolf makeup he sports. He always puts his heart into his performance; knocking shit over, destroying furniture, clutching at himself as he transforms into the thing he hates. Waldemar falls in love with the first attractive woman he meets and she curses him. Than he falls in love with the second attractive woman he meets. It is often said in werewolf films that love can save a man from the werewolf curse. Frankly I’ve yet to see it ever happen! Waldemar’s woman does stay by his side right up to the end however. Some Naschy flicks have some rather dubious dubbing, but Curse of the Devil is not bad at all. I would prefer to hear it in Spanish with subtitles, but alas, this has been a difficult task finding subtitled Naschy films. I thoroughly enjoyed Curse of the Devil. It is well shot, has great sets and costumes, an entertaining story, nice werewolf makeup and transformations, gore, nudity and the fabulous Paul Naschy. If you are a fan of Naschy, you have probably already seen Curse of the Devil. But if you are looking to discover my man for the first time this is a great place to start. Carlos Aured’s delightful Spanish horror film is one of the best of its breed in my opinion. Curse of the Devil comes highly recommended!