Dean Selmier, Sandra Mozaroski, Victoria Vera. An 1899 London orphanage is the setting for this weird tale. There is a really cool looking monster-guy doing weird experiments on an ...
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Dean Selmier, Sandra Mozaroski, Victoria Vera. An 1899 London orphanage is the setting for this weird tale. There is a really cool looking monster-guy doing weird experiments on an attractive young woman. He's actually a fire-scarred mad doctor who subjects his beautiful victim to memory-draining surgery, turning her into a zombie. Written by
This film somewhat resembles the much more famous Spanish film "La Residencia" made several years earlier. Like that film it is set in the 19th century Victorian Era, but at a very strict British orphanage as opposed to a very strict French finishing school. It has a similar plot with various nubile female students of the school mysteriously disappearing. But in this case they're being lobotomized by a badly burned mad scientist and turned into zombie sex slaves (or something). But while "La Residencia" was quite racy for its late sixties era with shower scenes and everything (OK, so all the girls wore gowns in the shower, but still...), this movie made five years or so later seems very tame for mid-70's Europe. I suspect it might have been one of the last films made under the repressive Franco regime (a year or two later Spanish movies like "The Adolescents" and "Satan's Blood" would become at least as racy as anything else in Europe and that time). Still, the old-fashioned flavor doesn't hurt the film that much. It's not really graphic, especially as far as sex or nudity go, but it is enjoyably warped.
The cast consists mostly of unknowns. One of the leads, Victoria Vera, would appear in "The Adolescents" the next year with Cristina Galbo (from "La Residencia") and Koo Stark. The most interesting actress perhaps though is the principal lead, Sandra Mazurowsky. Mazurowsky had a memorable cameo in "Blue Eyes of a Broken Doll" and also appeared a couple of other Paul Naschy flicks. She played a potential virgin sacrifice in Amando Ossorio's last "blind dead" film "Night of the Seagulls". The virgin role became a familiar one for her--even in sleazy movies like "Hell Train" she fills out her outfits very nicely, but never really takes them off. This stunning dark-haired, blue-eyed beauty had the same kind of "girl-next-door" appeal as Cristina Galbo or Koo Stark, and I'm sad to learn (if the IMDb info. can be trusted) that she ended up committing suicide a few years after this film.
This movie isn't in the same class as "La Residencia", of course. But as far as Spanish horror of the 1970's goes it's certainly above average.
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