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Cauldron of Blood
Blind Man's Bluff

Spain / UK / USA 1970
produced by
Robert D. Weinbach, Edward Mann for Producciones Cinematográficas Hispamer Films, Robert D.Weinbach Productions/Harris Associates
directed by Santos Alcocer
starring Jean-Pierre Aumont, Boris Karloff, Viveca Lindfors, Rosenda Monteros, Milo Quesada, Dyanik Zurakowska, Rubén Rojo, Jacqui Speed, Mercedes Rojo, Mary Lou Palermo, Manuel de Blas, Eduardo Coutelenq, Al Pereira
written by Edward Mann, John Melson, music by Ray Ellis

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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Journalist Claude Marchand (Jean-Pierre Aumont) wants to turn a quiet Spanish coastal town/artist colony into a tourist paradise by a series of articles, and to this end, he soon enlists the help of barower Shanghai (Milo Quesada), model Elga (Dyanik Zurakowska), and first and foremost Valerie (Rosenda Monteros), who seems to know simply everyone in the village.

Claude plans to make Badulescu (Boris Karloff), a blind sculptor, the centerpiece of his articles, and thanks to Valerie, he even gets an interview with the reclusive artist, but there are several things about Badulescu he simply doesn't know: Actually, it was his wife Tania (Viveca Lindfors) who made him famous, but it was also her who blinded and crippled him in an effort to kill him, but his loss of eyesight only made him a better sculptor - which is why Tania sees to it that he keeps working on commission after commission. Tania also has a secret affair with Shanghai, and together they supply Badulescu with human bones to use as armatures for his sculptures - and they get these bones by just killing people of the right size and stature, all without Badulescu's knowledge.

So it's of little wonder that by and by, people are disappearing in the village. When one day, Elga disappears, Claude and Valerie start to worry, and when one night, Valerie finds a corpse in the storage room of Shanghai's bar, Shanghai is quick to capture her and take her to Badulescu's place, where Tania will take care of her. Thing is though, Tania's mute maid Pilar (Jacqui Speed) has seen everything and tells it to the Gypsy Queen (Mercedes Rojo), a local clairvoyant, who passes the story on to Claude ... who rushes to Valerie's rescue and dukes it out with Shanghai. In the meantime, Valerie has managed to free herself while Badulescu has learned about the ruthless behaviour of his wife (and especially her murders in the name of art), and the two fight it out until the blind man manages to push Tania into the vat of acid she had used to dispose of her victims' bodies without harming their skeletons. Once she is dead, Badulescu jumps off the nearest cliff to his death ...

 

One of Boris Karloff's very last films, and certainly a film below the actor's worth and not a very fitting swansong to his career. That said though, the film is also an enjoyable piece of (trashy) Eurohorror that mixes shocks, a bit of sex and some cheap and pulpy surrealism to a sensationalist if silly plot, all set in front of authentic and idyllic backdrops and helped by a bit of colourful lighting and at times even unusual camerawork.

This all makes Cauldron of Blood no classic of course, not even a good movie, but at least good fun to watch.

 

review © by Mike Haberfelner

 

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