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It all starts when Lord Archibald is burtally murdered (he is buried
alive) and leaves everything to his daughter Rita (Lina Romay), whom he
always hated because she is half black (in this light, Lina Romay, who is
not at all black, might not have been the perfect choice for the role),
but whom he now feels sorry for.
ARchibald's other relatives, his wife Cecilia and Simon and Marta
Tobias (William Berger, Evelyne Scott) and even his loyal servants Rufus
(Luis Barboo) and Deborah (Yelena Samarina) are of course enraged, because
they wanted their share of Archibald's fortune ... but from here on it
really gets complicated, as Scotland Yard inspector Brooks (Alberto
Dalbés) shows up from out of nowhere and starts taking over
investigations (even though this film takes place in Louisiana) - much to
the dismay of local inspector Bore (Vicente Roca) -, and he brings with
him Lord Archibald's alternative last will, a phony attorney (Jess Franco)
to read it and some more relatives, Albert Pagan (Dan van Husen) and his
wife Mairu and Lord Archibald's son Alfred, who noone really knew about.
Plus, Brooks reveals something quite shocking, the dead Lord Archibald
wasn't really Lord Archibald at all but a crook named Jennings who killed
Lord Archibald back in England and then moved to Louisiana to assume his
Meanwhile, a skull-masked killer continues to roam the estate, killing
first Archibald's wife Cecilia by tieing her to a rock at the beach and
letting the tide do the rest, then he burns Archibald's maid Deborah.
Albert Pagan soon feels tehre is something wrong, and asks his wife, a
spiritist, to get into contact with the real, dead Lord Archibald, but
both of them are killed by Rufus before she can do so, who in turn is then
shot by the police.
Eventually, Rita is also attacked, but she is lucky and survives it
with only a slight concussion.
Ultimately, Simon Tobias, who is now one of the main heirs to
Archibald's fortune, gets so greedy about it that he drowns his wife in
the bathtub, just so he doesn't have to share with her. But immediately
afterwards, he comes to face the masked killer, unmasks him and ... it's
Brooks of Scotland Yard, who is really Archibald who is now out to avenge
himself on all those who have killed him - and sure enough, Simon is next
on his list ... then he goes to the hospital where Rita is at to also kill
the daughter of the man who killed him, but fortunately inspector Bore has
since put two and two together and figured out who Brooks really is ...
and he kills him just before he can do the girl any harm.
And the ending sees Rita and Archibald's son Alfred - pretty much the
only two survivors of the ordeal - as a loving couple ...
As a straight murder mystery, La Noche de los Asesinos just
doesn't work, it's way too full of unlikely (if overly clichéd)
plottwists, unnecessary subplots and characters taking center stage for a
while ... however, the film was never intended to be a straight, seious
murder mystery but rather a loving if tongue-firmly-in-cheek hommage to
Euro-whodunnits like the German Edgar
Wallace-series -, and as this, La Noche de los Asesinos
works like a charm with its plot about a vast inheritance, a cast full of
legacy hunters, Lina Romay as the embodiment of wronged innocence (in this
respect it even works that she claims to be half black even thogh quite
clearly she isn't) and a violent killer in a skull mask.
Of course, if you take the film seriously for even one moment, its
effect is lost on you, but if you let the inner child in you watch it, and
probably have a few beers with it, there is no reason why you shouldn't