An ex-convict, troubled by dreams that he strangles women, is hired as the caretaker on an estate owned by three very strange sisters. Soon after his arrival, a serial killer begins ... See full summary »
An ex-convict, troubled by dreams that he strangles women, is hired as the caretaker on an estate owned by three very strange sisters. Soon after his arrival, a serial killer begins slaughtering blonde, blue-eyed women - and leaving their eyeballs in a bowl of water. Written by
Give Paul Naschy credit, the man knows how to write an entertaining screenplay. Although he oftentimes enters the arena of vanity--numerous couplings with sexy women and showing off his former bodybuilder physique--his films are highly watchable. Give me a Paul Naschy flick over anything made today.
In this Naschy vehicle, Paul plays a man trying to start all over. He enters a sleepy little community looking for work and is offered a job by a disfigured woman named Claude (Diana Lorys). Claude's right arm has been badly mutilated and she wears a plastic covering over her arm to hide her disfigurement. She takes Paul to her estate where she engages him as a handyman. Living with Claude are her two sisters, the nymphomaniac Nicole (Eva Leon) and the wheelchair bound Yvette (Maria Perschy). Paul Naschy's arrival coincides with the arrival of a new nurse for Yvette, Michelle (Ines Morales) and beginning of a brutal string of murders where blond women are strangled and their eyes cut out.
Of course Paul Naschy is a suspect but the Police Inspector (Antonio Pica) believes Claude's former handyman is the culprit. His theory gains steam when the man shows up and attacks Paul with a knife. So the police chase their man while Nicole chases Paul and Paul chases everything with a skirt. He beds both Nicole and Claude and makes a pass at Michelle all the while dealing with visions of a violent crime from his past. Are Paul's visions of strangling a blond woman just dreams or has he taken to offing lovely dames while under the influence of dementia?
STORY: $$$$ (Naschy, who often writes under his real name, Jacinto Molina, pens a strong Giallo here. There are many plot twists and turns that will leave you second guessing yourself. Right when you think you have the murderer stamped out, the script throws you a curveball and you have to reevaluate your stance. There are a handful of suspects to choose from).
ACTING: $$$$ (Paul does a fine job as usual. Given his werewolf background, he is adept at playing the tortured soul. With his role as Gillies, he is able to branch out a bit, mixing his tortured background with a twisted sexuality. Diana Lorys is brilliant as Claude. She has allowed her disfigurement to ruin her self image and when Paul shows an interest in her, she grapples with her feelings--unable to believe that a man could find her appealing. Her love for him is strong because of her years of rejection. Eva Leon is marvelous as the trampy sister, seducing anything with opposite organs. Eduardo Calvo, as Yvette's doctor is good and Maria Perschy does a fine job with the role of Yvette).
NUDITY: $$$ (Paul has a bedroom romp with Eva Leon who enters his shack wearing the sexiest lingerie getup this side of Victoria's closet. Later, Eva wears a provocative cheerleader like outfit when she visits the doctor, wanting him to check out her stiff back. Of course she takes off her shirt for the inspection and wears nothing underneath. Diana Lorys has a darkly lit topless scene as she gives in to Paul who shows her that her disfigurement doesn't repulse him).
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