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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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Alaric de Marnac / Hugo de Marnac / Armand de Marnac
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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 ...
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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Followed by Latidos de pánico (1983) See more »

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Dead Head's Chest
13 June 2007 | by (the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls) – See all my reviews

Jacinto Molina, more commonly known as Paul Nasty (err… I mean, Naschy) strikes again with this ultra-bizarre and ultra-deranged Spanish exploitation effort. The script of "Horror Rises from the Tomb" is incoherent as hell, there isn't a single interesting or well-written dialog to be heard, acting & directing are both extremely shabby and the supposedly malevolent witches, zombies and other unidentifiable types of monsters evoke more laughs than scares. And yet, despite all these abnormalities (and more…), "Horror Rises from the Tomb" is a vintage and purely entertaining gem of 70's horror cinema! Naschy wrote the oddball script himself and stars as no less than THREE different descendants of the noble French de Marnac family. During the fairly atmospheric opening set in the 15th Century, we witness how a malicious Alaric (Naschy) and his mistress are brutally executed for practicing witchcraft. Several years later, Hugo (Naschy again) invites three of his friends to join him for a vacation at his ancient family estate somewhere in rural France. Quite a lot of awkward and totally irrelevant things occur, but the bottom line is: Alaric de Marnac's decapitated head is still alive in a chest, buried in the large cemeteries surrounding the estate, and its hypnotizing powers turns people into docile yet bloodthirsty zombies. The film is quite bad and pointless, but at least there's always something going on to entertain you. Whether it's the poor make-up effects on the zombies, the implausible sub plots, the sleaze footage brought on by a couple of fine looking Euro-babes or the ingenious little gimmicks, "Horror Rises from the Tomb" is never boring and never makes you regret the purchase. And who can possibly resist the sequences featuring Naschy's separated head commanding his slaves to bring him human sacrifices and to obey his every word? Take my word on it: the head-in-the-chest scenes are priceless! Some of the interior & exterior filming locations are even very enchanting and beautifully captured on camera. Most neutral viewers will probably claim this is the worst film they've ever encountered in their lives, but it's an absolute must for fans of Paul Naschy and essential 70's Euro-horror.


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