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Una libélula para cada muerto (1975)

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.



(dialogue) (as R. Muñoz Suay), (story) (as Jacinto Molina)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Inspector Paolo Scaporella
Erika Blanc ...
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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17 November 1975 (Spain)  »

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A Dragonfly for Each Corpse  »

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Pretty enjoyable Spanish giallo
11 March 2015 | by (Edinburgh, Scotland, UK) – See all my reviews

A Dragonfly for Each Corpse is quite unusual in that it is a Spanish movie filmed in Italy. More specifically, it tries to pass itself off as an Italian giallo. By the time this had been released this particular sub-genre had already past its peak years but its characteristics were so well established by that point that they could be mimicked quite easily. This film doesn't just copy the conventions of the genre; it also goes to the trouble of setting its action in Milan to make it seem even more like a true Italian product.

Its director was León Klimovsky who made quite a lot of genre pictures, including the impressive Vampire's Night Orgy (1974). In this one, he directs the top Iberian horror actor of the day, Paul Naschy. This chunky leading man appeared in many genre pics and in this instance he plays a cynical, violent cop who investigates a serial murder case. The killer's calling card is a wax dragonfly left on the corpses of the victims, all of whom are considered 'degenerates'. Interestingly, Naschy's detective actually seems to sympathise with the killer's objectives for the most part! Anyway, what follows is a violent and sleazy whodunit, where the mystery killer batters their way through the cast via a variety of slaughter methods.

The mystery here is, as is typical for the genre, somewhat convoluted with quite a large selection of suspects/victims. It's not a bad mystery though, even if it might be a bit heavy on the police procedural side of things. Admittedly it does end with a particularly biscuit-taking lack of explanation for the mayhem that we have just spent the last 90 minutes witnessing and the unmasking of the killer is somewhat underwhelming too. But this is not really a deal-breaker given that gialli in general often put very little effort into this side of things. On the other hand, there is a pleasing selection of salacious content sprinkled throughout to keep things interesting such as violent murders, completely gratuitous nudity, a seedy plot-line and a stupendously silly set-piece where one character tries to make a getaway on a roller-coaster car! So all-in-all, a pretty enjoyable movie with the requisite lack of political correction and an abundance of of-its-time fashions that make these films so much fun.

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