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The Diabolical Dr. Z (1966)
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Woman seeks to avenge her father's death by using a local dancer, with long poisonous fingernails, to do her bidding.

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Cast

Cast overview:
Estella Blain ...
Nadia
Mabel Karr ...
Irma Zimmer
Howard Vernon ...
Dr. Vicas
Fernando Montes ...
Philippe
Marcelo Arroita-Jáuregui ...
Dr. Moroni (as Marcel Arroita)
Cris Huerta ...
Dr. Kallman
Alberto Bourbón ...
(as Albert Bourbon)
Lucía Prado ...
Barbara Albert
Guy Mairesse ...
Hans Bergen
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Woman seeks to avenge her father's death by using a local dancer, with long poisonous fingernails, to do her bidding.

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Release Date:

15 February 1967 (USA)  »

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The Diabolical Dr. Z  »

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ESP 5,122,526 (Spain)
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One of the best Euro-horrors ever made!
12 February 2006 | by (Worcester, MA) – See all my reviews

Despite some hefty competition, I consider this to be the legendary and prolific Jesus Franco's best film. In fact, it ranks up there with "Eyes Without a Face" as one of the best Euro-horror films there are! I have seen few b-films as well made as this one, filled with stunning camera-work and considerably interesting characters. The atmosphere just drips off the screen onto you.

The Diabolical Dr. Z is a scientist who presents his way of reforming criminals to a board of scientists from each nation. He claims that if you hit a central nerve system in the brain, you can make someone into an obedient slave, thus curing all crime. He is laughed at and mocked, causing him to die right at the meeting. However, his daughter plots revenge on those who caused his death. She kidnaps a stripper whose act consists of her in a spider web wearing a bodysuit with a spider on it. She controls her mind so she can seduce the scientists who caused the death of her father, than deploy the poison in her long fingernails to kill them.

The film is surprisingly extremely well-made. No wonder Orson Welles was impressed by Franco's film-making techniques. The camera-work is some of the best I've ever seen in a film, and the atmosphere is very film noir. As far as style goes, this feels as much like a 50s film noir as it does a 60s European horror flick. However, my personal favorite part of the film is Estella Blain. Rarely have I seen a woman more beautiful on screen. She just oozes sexuality and power over her captives. Even by today's standards, she's a hottie. Overall, the film is a must-see for any cult film fans out there. (9/10)


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