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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