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Una libélula para cada muerto (1974)

 |  Mystery, Thriller  |  1990 (Germany)
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A killer is cleaning up the streets of Milan by murdering those considered as deviant. An ornamental dragonfly, soaked in the blood of the victim, is left on each body.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Naschy ...
Inspector Paolo Scaporella
Erika Blanc ...
Ángel Aranda ...
Pietro Volpini
María Kosty ...
Ingrid (as Maria Kosti)
Ricardo Merino ...
Susana Mayo ...
Claudia Volpini
Eduardo Calvo ...
Professor Sandro Campitelli
Ramón Centenero
Mariano Vidal Molina ...
Police Commissioner (as Vidal Molina)
José Canalejas ...
Anne Marie
Beni Deus
César Varona ...
(as Cesar De Barona)
María Vidal ...
Lucia - Prostitute victim
Juan Madrigal


A killer is cleaning up the streets of Milan by murdering those considered as deviant. An ornamental dragonfly, soaked in the blood of the victim, is left on each body.

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1990 (Germany)  »

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A Dragonfly for Each Corpse  »

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ESP 7,442,674 (Spain) (3 September 1999)

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Spanish Giallo in Italian style with Naschy as two-fisted Inspector against a psycho-killer
1 February 2011 | by See all my reviews

This thrilling film deals with Paolo Scaporelli (Paul Naschy or Jacinto Molina who plays in Dirty Harry style with cigar included) is a police inspector assigned by his chief (Mariano Vidal Molina) to investigate the case of the ¨dragonfly¨ , killing series have been committed by an ominous murderer at city of Milan . The psycho-killer murders his victims cruelly by means of slashing , beheading and axing . The inspector is helped by his gorgeous girlfriend (Erika Blanc) . The series-killer puts a dragonfly on the corpses of the victims as pimps , prostitutes drug addicts and underground people . There are several suspicious , who's the killer ? .

This is a Spanish Gialli though filmed in Italy . It contains suspense , tension , whodunit and lots of blood and guts with abundant sensationalistic scenes and a Naif style. The movie has a bit of ridiculous gore with loads of blood similar to tomato . B-entertainment with a fairly suspenseful and horrifying story in which a killer series undergoes a criminal spree by means of slitting , necrophilia , decapitation and other brutal executions . This tale about a Detective and people who is attacked by a malevolent murderous begins well and grows more and more until the exciting finale in which we figure out the nasty guilty on a building , including some strong fight scenes . There is another double version that packs nudism in charge of Erika Blanc and other women . Lots of blood and gore in several images that impacted the viewers for that time . The film follows the Dario Argento wake formed by his animal trilogy as ¨Four flies on grey velvet , The cat with nine tails and The bird with the crystal plumage ¨ . Nice cinematography in correct remastering by Miguel Mila and shot on location in Milan city . Ample support cast , usual of Eurotrah as Angel Aranda , Vidal Molina and Maria Kosti ,Eduardo Calvo , both of whom habitual of Jacinto Molina films . The late Naschy was a good professional , writing, filmmaking and acting about hundred titles , mainly in terror genre. ¨ A dragonfly for each corpse¨ is written by Molina along with 21 screenplays as ¨Mark of Wolfman¨, ¨Night of Walpurgis¨, ¨Vengeance of the mummy¨, ¨Licantropo¨, among them . He directed 13 films as ¨The Cantabros¨, ¨Return of Wolfman¨, ¨The Beast and the magic sword¨ and many others.

This slasher motion picture is professionally directed by Leon Klimovsky , a slick craftsman who directed all kind of genres, as Terror for Paul Naschy (Marshall of hell,Rebellion of dead one,Orgy of vampires, Werewolf shadow,Dr Jekill vs. the werewolf), Warlike(June 44 attack force Normandy, A bullet for Rommel, Bridge over Elba) and Western (Badland drifter,Some dollars for Django,Death knows no time, Two thousand dollars for Coyote) . Rating . 5 , acceptable and passable. The picture will appeal to Paul Naschy fans and Giallo buffs .

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