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This film definitely isn't for everyone. It doesn't have much appeal for the younger generation, not those who're used to sophisticated CGI effects nor those who enjoy the average fare of Hollywood horror flicks.
For friends of 70's Gothic Euro-horror however, this is a rare gem.
The story is, typical for it's time, rather simple and predictable yet the atmosphere of the film is superb.
A young royal travels to an unnamed country (the names are mixed English and Russian, the towns name Serbian and the landscape is unmistakably Spanish countryside) to inherit the mansion of his recently deceased uncle. As he arrives at the foggy hamlet there are numerous murders which circulate around the estate. It turns out that the dead - for somebody's nefarious plans - have been reanimated to walking killer machines.
As said: the story itself has little flesh but the soundtrack, the claustrophobic settings and lighting and the excellent camera work make this film the perfect film to watch on a dark, rainy, cold evening, while sitting in the warm living room - perhaps with a candle instead of electric light and a snifter of port wine in one hand - enjoying a spooky film from a time when horror was still a little more innocent.
I doubt that I'll recommend fans of "La noche del terror ciego" (Night of the blind Terror) or "Los monstruos del terror" (Dracula vs Frankenstein) something new here - likely they've already seen it. However, if you're into the 70's Euro-horror-genre, this is a secret yet top notch tip!
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