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  (in credits order)
Ramiro Oliveros ... Dr. Frosta (as Raymond Oliver)
Marcia Bichette ... Simone
Fernando Sancho ... Inspector
Antonia Mas ... Dr. Moore (as Toni Mas)
Bill Harrison ... Dr. Krojer
César Carmigniani ... Inspector's Assistant (as Cesar Carmichael)
Marcos Molina ... Richard (as Mark Mollin)
Gaspar Bacigalupi ... Police Coroner (as Gaspar Galupi)

Domingo Valdivieso ... Frosta's Assistant (as Domingo Valdi)
Melba Centeno (as Melba Senta)
Marcos Navas 'Cartucho' (as Marcos Nova)
Fabiola Vallejo (as Fay Valls)
Mónica Jurado

Directed by
Manuel Caño  (as Michael Cannon)
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Santiago Moncada 

Produced by
Fernando M. Fernández Arbizu .... executive producer (as Fernando M. Fernandez)
Javier Molina .... executive producer
Original Music by
Joaquín Torres 
Cinematography by
Manuel Merino 
Film Editing by
Soledad López 
Production Management
José Pedro Villanueva .... production manager (as Peter Villanueva)

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Also Known As:
"El pantano de los cuervos" - Spain (original title)
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83 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
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The birds in the film are vultures or buzzards, not the titular ravens.See more »
Richard:Never, never will you fly from me, lifeless heart that doesn't beat after all I have such feelings for a dead robot, while remembering The past and all its love. Wherever you may find yourself I wish you were dead, my own robot, my own, my lady. Don't stare at me with those eyes of horror...See more »


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"It's impossible, but there it is.", 27 November 2014
Author: Scott LeBrun (Hey_Sweden) from Canada

Ramiro Oliveros plays a bad doctor named Dr. Frosta, who's up to your usual demented nonsense for a researcher in a horror film. His aim is to conquer death, so he regularly messes around with cadavers. All of the rejects are taken to the nearby swamp for disposal. Meanwhile, Dr. Frostas' fed-up girlfriend Simone (Marcia Bichette) has announced her desire to leave him for another man, night club crooner Richard (Marcos Molina). And Dr. Frosta had better watch it, for a dedicated police inspector, played by the always entertaining Fernando Sancho, is on the case.

This Spanish-Ecuadoran horror film may well test the patience of some Euro-horror lovers. It's not gory enough, sleazy enough, atmospheric enough, or even funny enough, to quite succeed. It's best described as mildly amusing. Not much of note ever happens, but that doesn't mean that "The Swamp of the Ravens" is without its pleasures. For example, the inspector receives a gruesome piece of evidence - a severed hand - while he is stuffing his face at a restaurant.

There are also low points, of course. Early on in the film there are some cringe-inducing romantic episodes with Simone and Richard. Director Manuel Cano fails to give the proceedings much style when it comes to his handling of the material. The performances are on a par with the film itself: no more than passably amusing. Oliveros is a handsome guy, but his antagonist is simply boring. At least we get one interesting character in the form of Frostas' mute assistant (Domingo Valdivieso), who kind of resembles Anthony Perkins.

The dead bodies in the swamp never pay off as much as one would like, and the title is a misnomer: it should have been titled "The Swamp of the Buzzards". However, in presumably some sort of attempt to justify the title, Dr. Frosta quotes Poe right at the end.

Five out of 10.

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