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El jorobado de la Morgue (1973)

R | | Horror | September 1975 (USA)
Paul Naschy plays a hunchback with below average intelligence who works at the morgue. He is in love with a sickly girl who happens to be the only person who is kind to him. Each day he ... See full summary »

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Gotho
Rosanna Yanni ...
Elke (as Rossana Yanni)
Víctor Alcázar ...
Tauchner (as Vic Winner)
María Elena Arpón ...
Ilse (as Maria Elena Arpon)
Manuel de Blas ...
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Kino Pueyo ...
Hans (as Joaquin Rodriguez 'Kinito')
Adolfo Thous ...
3th Man killed by Gotho in the crypt
Ángel Menéndez ...
The Commisoner (as Angel Menendez)
Fernando Sotuela ...
Udo
Antonio Ramis
Alfonso de la Vega
Sofía Casares ...
Eva (as Sofia Casares)
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Susan Taff ...
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Paul Naschy plays a hunchback with below average intelligence who works at the morgue. He is in love with a sickly girl who happens to be the only person who is kind to him. Each day he brings her flowers until the day she dies. He never really accepts her death and believes she is just sleeping. The girl eventually ends up at the morgue where she is being prepared for burial. Naschy's character flips out at the desecration of the girls body and stabs and decapitates the men in the only scene of gore in the movie. The police begin to look for him. This is when the Hunchback meets up with a mad scientist who's work isn't accepted by the general society. The scientist promises the Hunchback that he would re-animate the girl's body if the Hunchback brings him fresh bodyparts from the graveyard and live victims. He uses the parts to create a monster. Written by Joshua Kloss <dekloss@aol.com>

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Beware The Hunchback! A freak of nature whose crimes go beyond your wildest terrors!

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A gory, Gothic, trashy Naschy classic.
23 October 2012 | by (Hampshire, England) – See all my reviews

A surprisingly jaunty theme tune introduces what proves to be one of Paul Naschy's more exploitative and downbeat movies, a gory Gothic tragedy in which the Spanish horror star plays Gotho, a hunchbacked morgue attendant in love with a terminally ill girl named Ilse (María Elena Arpón). When Ilse finally pops her clogs, a grief stricken Gotho steals her body (after brutally killing the doctors who try to half-inch her necklace), and takes her to a subterranean hideaway where he assists a trio of slightly mad scientists to construct a laboratory (in record time) with which they can create life, a process that requires a continuous supply of fresh body parts...

Taking its cues from the classic horror novels of Victor Hugo and Mary Shelley, The Hunchback of the Morgue is full of irresistibly silly horror clichés—a sympathetic 'monster', a dusty Spanish Inquisition torture chamber, grave-robbing by moonlight, a sulphuric acid pit—and also benefits from some delightfully tacky special effects: a gory decapitation, a gutsy evisceration, assorted dismemberment, Ilse's corpse being devoured by rats (which, in a shocking moment of genuine animal cruelty, are set on fire by Gotho), and a delightfully daft man-made creature that consumes everything from live frogs to human heads, and ends up looking like a giant walking turd.

It all adds up to a whole lot of demented fun, easily the most entertaining Naschy film I've seen so far.


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