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La Mansión de los Muertos Vivientes

Mansion of the Living Dead

Spain 1985
produced by
Golden Films Internacional
directed by Jess Franco
starring Candy Coster (= Lina Romay), Robert Foster (= Antonio Mayans), Eva León, Jasmina Bell (= Elisa Vela), Mabel Esano, Albino Graziani, Mamie Kaplan (= Mari Carmen Nieto)
screenplay by Jess Franco, based on a novel by David Khunne (= Jess Franco), music by Pablo Villa (= Jess Franco)

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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A quartet of girls (Lina Romay, Elisa Vela, Mabel Escano, Mari Carmen Nieto) arrive at a big holiday beach resort - to find themselves the only guests, with only the weird gardener (Albino Graziani) and the creepy hotel manager Carlos (Antonio Mayans) there to keep them company. Soon though, two of the girls fall into the clutches of some weird monks who reside in a nearby church and who like top capture, strip, rape and kill girls. With the two gone, Candy (Lina Romay) sets out to find out what's going on, and in a room, she finds naked Olivia (Eva León), who claims she has been kept on a leash by Carlos for years and asks Candy to save her. Instead though, Candy falls for the charms of Carlos and lets him take her to the church the spooky monks reside, monks who actually worship Satan, and actually, he is their ringleader ... but if Candy - whom he has since put under a hypnotic spell tu murder her last surviving friend - will kiss him out of love, he will be redeemed and will be able to die and go to heaven ... and thus, when she kisses him, he disintegrates to dust.


In a way, Mansion of the Living Dead is both typical Eurohorror and typical Jess Franco: Eurohorror because of its reliance on folklore, on historical buildings, it's mix of horror and sex and its not totally thought-through plot. Jess Franco because of its low budget other directors wouldn't even work on, its many many nurde and sex scenes, its inclusion of De-Sadean torture.

That said, Mansion of the Living Dead is neither a better example of Eurohorror nor of Franco's body of work, it's simply too cheaply made, too much rooted in 1980's fashion, and Franco doesn't seem too much at ease with the horror aspects of the story that are vastly reminiscent of Amando de Ossorio's Tombs of the Blind Dead, without adding anything (besides much sex and nudity) to the story.

Still, if you want to enjoy a mindless and slightly silly flick with many naked women (some of them quite attractive), then you might as well grab a few beers and watch this one.


review © by Mike Haberfelner


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