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Las garras de Lorelei -- terrific monster movie! A beautiful woman transforms into a snarling lizard-type monster that rips apart local citizens in-and-around a forest-shrouded girls' school filled with bikini-clad beauties. Kendall is hired to hunt the creature down but is torn between his love for the mysterious Line, and his growing suspicion of whom she really is. Color. 16mm.


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Amando de Ossorio (screenplay)
Amando de Ossorio (story)
Release Date:
23 February 1974 (Spain) See more »
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The legendary Loreley has been living for centuries in a grotto beneath the river Rhein in Germany. Every night when the moon is full... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Tony Kendall ... Sirgurd
Helga Liné ... Lorelei
Silvia Tortosa ... Elke Ackerman
Josefina Jartin ... Principal
Loreta Tovar ... Alumna (as Lolita Tovar)
José Thelman (as Joseph Thelman)
Luis Induni ... Mayor
Francisco Nieto
Betsabé Ruiz ... Bride
Luis Barboo ... Alberic
Ángel Menéndez ... Professor
Sergio Mendizábal ... Doctor
Marisol Delgado ... Brigitte
Victoria Hernández ... Teresa
María Vidal ... Maid (as Mary Vidal)
Javier de Rivera ... Preacher
Antonio Orengo ... Old Man
Cristino Almodóvar ... Boat Man
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Iris André ... Blonde victim
María Luisa Tovar ... Cavewoman #1
Bárbara Rey ... Cavewoman #2 (uncredited)

Directed by
Amando de Ossorio 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Amando de Ossorio  screenplay
Amando de Ossorio  story

Produced by
Ricardo Muñoz Suay .... executive producer
José Antonio Pérez Giner .... producer
Ricardo Sanz .... executive producer
Original Music by
Antón García Abril 
Cinematography by
Miguel Fernández Mila 
Film Editing by
Antonio Gimeno 
Set Decoration by
Cruz María Baleztena 
Alfonso de Lucas 
Makeup Department
Dolores Merlo .... makeup artist (as Lolita Merlo)
José Luis Morales .... makeup artist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Paulino González .... assistant director
Art Department
Pepita Morales .... set dresser
Special Effects by
Alfredo Segoviano .... special effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Francisco Beringola .... assistant camera
Fernando Espiga .... second camera operator
Other crew
Ballesteros .... studio
Ramón Escribano .... production assistant
Crew believed to be complete

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Also Known As:
"Grasp of the Lorelei" - International (English title) (informal alternative title)
"The Lorelei's Grasp" - International (English title) (informal alternative title)
"The Loreley's Grasp" - USA (DVD title)
"The Night the Screaming Stopped" - USA (reissue title)
"The Swinging Monster" - USA (dubbed version)
"When the Screaming Stops" - USA (reissue title)
"The Under Water City" - Japan (English title) (video box title)
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85 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Canada:R (Manitoba/Ontario) | Canada:16+ (Quebec) | Germany:16 (2014) | UK:18 (cut) | USA:R | USA:X (original rating)
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Did You Know?

The film had never been picked up by a German distributor during its initial release phase. Only in 2012 the film was released by Austrian label Shock Entertainment, who even created a German dubbing (in 70s style). In 2014 the film was released officially for the first time in Germany (by Mad Dimension).See more »
Revealing mistakes: When Sirgurd swims to the surface and is helped onto the speedboat, he tosses the bomb and says "Let's go". However the boat is still anchored.See more »
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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Another Gem by Amando De Ossorio, 3 November 2010
Author: Bensch from Salzburg, Austria

The iconic Spanish Horror director Amando De Ossorio is doubtlessly best known for his four 'Blind Dead' films starting with "La Noche Del Terror Ciego" ("Tombs of the Blind Dead") of 1971. "Las Garras De Lorelei" (aka. "The Lorelei's Grasp"/"When the Screaming Stops" of 1974 is yet another great little gem in the man's repertoire, which must not be missed by any Eurohorror fan.

The film, which is (very loosely) based on the German Loreley myth and the Niebelungen Mythology, is set in a Village by the Rhine, which is struck by a series of gruesome murders. After a girl has been found with her heart ripped out, some voices claim that the gruesome murder was the deed of the Lorelei, a beautiful woman who turns into a monster by nights and devours human hearts. The hunter Sigurd (Tony Kendall) is assigned as a watchman for a nearby boarding school for (hot) girls, lead by the drop-dead gorgeous teacher Elke (Silvia Tortosa)...

Connecting the fascinating Niebelungen myth with Eurohorror simply must result in great entertainment, especially since the man in the director's chair is Amando De Ossorio. It is undeniable that the film has a strong (and charming) camp-factor, but it has just as many moments of genuine creepiness. While the dialogue is sometimes camp and some characters' actions make little sense at times, Ossorio succeeds once again in creating a rich and menacing Gothic atmosphere. The photography and score are great, and the locations and set-pieces are beautifully gloomy. The female cast is full of beautiful women. The Regular redhead Eurohorror beauty Helga Liné shines in the role of the eponymous she-monster, and looks both incredibly hot and somewhat eerie. Silvia Tortosa, who plays the sexy young teacher, is even more ravishing. Miss Tortosa, who is also known for "Horror Express", must have one of the most impeccably beautiful faces ever seen on screen. The cast includes many regular Eurohorror actors, such as the creepy-looking Luis Barboo, Luis Induni (who also was in many Spaghetti Westerns) and José Thelman ("La Noche Del Terror Ciego"). There is some female nudity, but compared to other contemporary Spanish Exploitation films (such as some by Jess Franco, Paul Naschy,...) the film is rather low on sleaze. As usual for De Ossorio, the gore is very graphic and intense, and very well-made in spite of a low budget.

Besides the "Blind Dead" cycle, "Las Garras De Lorelei" is one of Amando De Ossorio's most memorable films, and an eerie and outrageously entertaining little gem that no fan of European Horror should miss. Highly Recommended!

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