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Las ratas no duermen de noche (1976)

Not Rated | | Horror | 7 June 1976 (Spain)
A mad doctor performs a head transplant on an injured criminal, which results in him being even more dangerous and murderous than before.

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(as John Fortuny)

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(as John Fortuny), (as A.L. Mariaux) | 1 more credit »
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Jack Surnett (as Paul Nash)
Silvia Solar ...
Ana (as Sylvia Solar)
Olivier Mathot ...
Henry (as Oliver Matot)
Evelyne Scott ...
Barbara (as Evelyn Scott)
Claude Boisson ...
Paul (as Yul Sanders)
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Ingrid (as Gilda Anderson)
Pierre Biet ...
André
Monique Gérard ...
La Bouquetiere
Alain Hardy ...
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Karl
Richard Kolin ...
Willy
Antonia Lotito ...
Emmy
Roberto Mauri ...
Le Sadique / the Sadist
César Ojinaga
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A mad doctor performs a head transplant on an injured criminal, which results in him being even more dangerous and murderous than before.

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Weird Spanish Take on a Popular Classic Horror Formula; Regrettably Little Screen-time for Paul Naschy
13 July 2010 | by See all my reviews

I have been a great fan of the late Spanish Horror/Exploitation legend Paul Naschy for a long time now. While not all of his films can be described as great (though some can), they are entirely entertaining. Juan Fortuny's "Las Ratas No Duermen De Noche" aka. "Crimson, the Color of Blood" (I bought it under the title "The Man With The Severed Head") of 1976 is doubtlessly one of the cheesier and more confused flicks in Naschy's wide repertoire, and yet it is an amusing little film that my fellow fans of the man might enjoy.

During a heist, a gangster (Naschy) is shot in the head. In order to safe the man's life, the members of his gang force an obsessed doctor to perform an operation which requires parts of another human being's brain. Not so cleverly, they choose to take the brain of their biggest rival, a criminal aptly named 'The Sadist'...

The film, which starts like a heist-flick, is, more or less, a Spanish 70s take on a concept popular in the classic Horror era. Films such as Karl Freund's fantastic "Mad Love" of 1935 (starring Peter Lorre) or "Black Friday" of 1940 (starring Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi) had topics about body parts being replaced with those of brutal criminals, which inevitably lead to fatal results. Unfortunately, "Crimson" is an overall rather messy, yet very predictable film that features no surprises and a regrettably short screen-time for its star Paul Naschy. The film still guarantees a fun time, however. There are some moments of gore as well as some sleaze and female nudity (depending on which version you see). Naschy is cool as always, though his screen time is limited. One should try and get hold of the Spanish version, since the English dubbing is one of the most horrendous I have ever heard (which, then again, contributes to the 'camp' factor of the film). Overall, "Las Ratas No Duermen De Noche" is cheesy fun that is mildly recommended to my fellow Naschy-fans.


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