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Killer Barbys
Vampire Killer Barbys

Spain 1996
produced by
Piluca Baquero (executive), Manuel Camacho (executive), Emilio Menchata (executive), Jacinto Santos (executive) for Civic Producciones, Prospera, Mencheta Benet, Jasinto Santos
directed by Jess Franco
starring Silvia Superstar & the Killer Barbies, Santiago Segura, Mariangela Giordano, Aldo Sambrell, Charlie S.Chaplin, Carlos Subterfuge, Angie Barea, Billy King, Pepa López, Alberto Martínez, Javier Bonilla, Enrique López Lavigne
written by Jess Franco (as David Khunne II), Patxi Irigoyen, music by Daniel J. White, Jess Franco, songs by the Killer Barbies, Sexy Sadie

Killer Barbys

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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Travelling from one gig to the next, the tourbus (well, minivan) of Flavia (Silvia Superstar) & the Killer Barbies gets stuck on a dirtroad. It's jsut good luck that a certain Mister Arcan (Aldo Sambrell) stops by & invites them to his castle. Why would he do that, invite a wild punkband to his house, you might ask ? Because his lover, Comtessa Fledermaus (Mariangela Giordano) has been keeping young for the last 150 years by drinking young blood, but now her body seems to be rotting away while she's still alive.

The Killer Barbies don't know that of course gladly accept - all but Sharon (Angie Barea) & Billy (Billy King), who prefer staying behind in the van & shagging.

Of course, the 2 of them are the first ones to fall prey to  Arkan & & Comtessa's manservant Baltasar (Santiago Segura), who promptly decapitate Sharon & take eavily wounded Billy with them to let him slowly bleed to death.

With Sharon's young blood, the Comtessa instantly rejuvenates, & joins the rest of the band - Flavia, her boyfriend Rafa (Carlos Subterfuge) & Mario (Charlie S.Chaplin) - for dinner ... & promptly she has charmed Rafa into submission & takes him with her to her room, much to the dismay of Flavia.

... of course, once in her room, Rafa is tied to a bedpost & stabbed to death, while the Comtessa happily masturbates.

Flavia slowly grows supsicious of the goings-on in the castle, & when Mario shows little interest in her suspicions, she goes investigating on her own ... & soon she finds a room full of bodyparts plus an almost dead Billy, both of which opens her eyes to quite a few things ... but it's almost too late, as she runs into the arms of Arkan, who doesn't seem too happy about the nosey houseguest - but befoe he can do much, Mario, who had a sudden change of heart, shoots an arrow through his neck ... which proves to be lethal enough. Then Flavia & Mario go after the Comtessa & find her naked over Rafa's dead body ... & just throw her out of the next window, exactly onto a stone spike (which proves to be lethal as well).

Billy meanwhile, almost dead, has taken care of Baltasar & his 2 dwarves (Pepa López, Alberto Martínez), by blowing them (& himself) up inside the band's minivan.

... & since that doesn't prove terribly lethal fo Baltasar, in the end Mario has to run him over using a steamroller, then he & Flavia make good their escape.

& somehow at the end of the movie, the Killer Barbies are able to play again ...

 

From the late 1950's on, director Jess Franco has enjoyed a long career, making an incredible number (over 150) movies in a great variety of genres, but always coming back to his favourites, horror & erotica. By the late 1980's however that market has run rather dry, & his films grew few, far between, & rather insignificant. Killer Barbys was pretty much the film that would change his career once more, he had the opportunity to work in his favourite genres (horror & erotica) once more, using some bigger than usual (for his films of the time) actors, plus the band Killer Barbies would appeal to a more contemporary audience again. The resulting film though is uneven at best: a mix of moody horror, soft erotica & weird comedy, peppered with some punk rock ... all elements Franco has blended much better in the past. Especially the script is much too straightforward for his talents. Still, the film is not without its moments though, erotic- as well as mood- & comedy-wise. & on the plus-side as well, Aldo Sambrell is great in giving the film some dignity while Santiago Segura delivers some proletarian comedy, Mariangela Giordano, despite her age (she was 59 back then, & more than 30 years in the business), looks stunning in the nude (not only for her age), & Silvia Superstar is sexy enough for her role.

 

review © by Mike Haberfelner

 

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