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Horror Rises from the Tomb (1973)
"El espanto surge de la tumba" (original title)

 -  Horror  -  February 1975 (USA)
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In Medieval France a warlock is be-headed and his wife tortured and executed. Hundreds of years later an isolated group of people discover his head buried on their property. Soon it comes ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Naschy ...
Alaric de Marnac / Hugo de Marnac / Armand de Marnac
Emma Cohen ...
Elvira
Víctor Alcázar ...
Maurice Roland / Andre Roland (as Vic Winner)
Helga Liné ...
Mabille De Lancré (as Helga Line)
Cristina Suriani ...
Paula
Betsabé Ruiz ...
Sylvia (as Betsabe Ruiz)
Luis Ciges ...
Alain 'Le Raté' - a thief
Julio Peña ...
Jean
María José Cantudo ...
Chantal (as Maria Jose Cantudo)
Juan Cazalilla ...
Gastone
Francisco Llinás ...
(as Francisco Llinas)
Ramón Centenero ...
André Govar (as Ramon Centenero)
Montserrat Julió ...
Dale (as Monserrat Julio)
Francisco Nieto
Elsa Zabala ...
Madame Irina
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In Medieval France a warlock is be-headed and his wife tortured and executed. Hundreds of years later an isolated group of people discover his head buried on their property. Soon it comes back to life, possessing people and using them to commit sacrifices and to search for the rest of his body Written by Jeremy Lunt <durlinlunt@acadia.net>

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The film was shot in the dead of winter at Paul Naschy's own country home located in the Lozoya Valley, north of Madrid. It was eventually sold in the late 80s. See more »

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Horror Rises From The Tomb (1972) **1/2
14 July 2005 | by (Naxxar, Malta) – See all my reviews

Paul Naschy exchanges his Waldemar Daninsky werewolf persona for that of medieval occultist Alaric De Marnac (which he would play again, years later, in PANIC BEATS [1983]) and that of his modern-day descendant Hugo, resulting in one of his most eclectic scripts taking in witchcraft, spiritualism, a powerful amulet, a scythe-wielding killer and a horde of zombies, among others - all of which are rather jumbled together without much consideration for logic, but it does make for a colorful and thrill-packed show. However, as is often the case with this type of film, the languid pace coupled with variable acting and the awkward dubbing also entails that HORROR RISES FROM THE TOMB comes off as an uneven - but, ultimately, not disagreeable - viewing experience.

The film positively drips with atmosphere right from the opening sequence - set in 15th century France and showing Alaric's execution along with his mistress/associate, played by Helga Line - down to the couple's modern-day come-uppance during the busy climax which takes place in de Marnac's remote estate. Other notable moments include: the seance during which Alaric is invoked by Hugo; the individual scenes in which the evil duo are revived, made possible by discreet use of (rather unsophisticated) special effects but which still manage to get the job done nicely; their stylized seduction of one of the girls who tags along with the latest member of the de Marnac family (who ostensibly travels to the castle in order to prove that his ancestor's evil influence is no more); and, of course, the various gory murders and zombie attacks which pepper the film's running time.

Featured in the cast, a staple of "Euro-Cult" cinema, is a bevy of beautiful ladies who are often seen lounging in various states of undress: Helga Line makes quite an impression as the villainous Mabille, but my favorite remains Emma Cohen (later star of one of Jess Franco's best films, the psychological thriller THE OTHER SIDE OF THE MIRROR [1973]) who exhibits sweetness and vulnerability in equal measures throughout - while also serving as Hugo's requisite love interest - and, by the film's end, is actually the sole survivor (albeit emotionally scarred, as can be witnessed from the final shot) of the mayhem.

This and THE CRAVING (1980; see below) have certainly made me game to check out some more Paul Naschy flicks. What would you experts recommend that I try next?


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