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Horror Rises from the Tomb (1973)

El espanto surge de la tumba (original title)
R | | Horror | February 1975 (USA)
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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Víctor Barrera ...
Maurice Roland / Andre Roland (as Vic Winner)
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Mabille De Lancré (as Helga Line)
Cristina Suriani ...
Betsabé Ruiz ...
Sylvia (as Betsabe Ruiz)
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Alain 'Le Raté' - a thief
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Chantal (as Maria Jose Cantudo)
Juan Cazalilla ...
Gastone
Francisco Llinás ...
Alain's Partner - a thief (as Francisco Llinas)
Ramón Centenero ...
André Govar (as Ramon Centenero)
Montserrat Julió ...
Dale (as Monserrat Julio)
Francisco Nieto
Elsa Zabala ...
Madame Irina Komarova
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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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One of 13 titles included in Avco Embassy's Nightmare Theater package syndicated to television in 1975, along with two other Paul Naschy entries, THE FURY OF THE WOLF MAN and THE MUMMY'S REVENGE. See more »

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Referenced in An Interview with Paul Naschy (2009) See more »

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Blood and boobs maketh the movie.
29 April 2016 | by See all my reviews

France, the middle of the 15th century: wicked sorcerer Alaric de Marnac (Paul Naschy) and his mistress Mabille de Lancré (Helga Liné) are sentenced to death, having been denounced by Alaric's brother Armand (Paul Naschy) and friend Andre Roland (Vic Winner). Before the evil couple are executed, they place a curse on those who damned them, and all of their descendants. Centuries later, Hugo de Marnac (Naschy), his friend Maurice Roland (Winner), and their girlfriends Sylvia (Betsabé Ruiz) and Paula (Cristina Suriani) attend a séance where they successfully raise the spirit of Alaric and learn the whereabouts of his body and severed head. Stupidly, the foursome travel to the location to see if they can find Alaric's remains, but underestimate the dead sorcerer's power.

Based on the review in my trusty Aurum Encyclopedia of Horror, I fully expected Horror Rises from the Tomb to be an entertaining, gore-drenched helping of classic 70s Euro-horror, with a smattering of sex on the side; imagine my disappointment when I discovered the film, part of my Mill Creek 50 film 'Pure Terror' box set, to be a splatter-free snooze-fest of epic proportions, worth a rating of no more than 2/10 (for the gorgeous women, none of whom bared any flesh).

Surmising that something was amiss, I rummaged through my vast collection of movies and unearthed another copy of the film which soon confirmed my suspicions: the Mill Creek version was severely mutilated, shorn of all nudity or gore. My other copy—uncensored, with all of the blood and sex intact—proved a much more enjoyable affair, as I originally expected it to be. This time there was no shortage of gore—including cheesy be-headings and hearts being torn out—and all of the beautiful babes shed their clothes, meaning that I now rate the film a very reasonable 6/10—a whole 4 points more than the cut version. It's amazing what a difference blood and boobs can make.


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