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Erich Tomek (screenplay)
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Release Date:
27 March 1981 (West Germany) See more »
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Don't Panic... It only happens once in a... Bloody Moon
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Girls are killed at a language-school in Spain. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Bloody Moon Regionfree DVD Review
 (From Twitch. 8 December 2008, 9:34 AM, PST)

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Jesus Franco's entry to the slasher genre... See more (27 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)
Olivia Pascal ... Angela
Christoph Moosbrugger ... Alvaro (as Christopher Brugger)
Nadja Gerganoff ... Manuela
Alexander Waechter ... Miguel
Jasmin Losensky ... Inga
Corinna Drews ... Laura (as Corinna Gillwald)
Ann-Beate Engelke ... Eva
Peter Exacoustos ... Antonio
Antonia García ... Elvira
Beatriz Sancho Nieto ... Rita
María Rubio ... Countess Maria Gonzales
Otto Retzer ... Bueno (as Otto W. Retzer)

Jesús Franco ... Doctor
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Christina von Blanc ... Woman in disco (uncredited)
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Directed by
Jesús Franco 
 
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Erich Tomek  screenplay (as Rayo Casablanca)

Produced by
Wolf C. Hartwig .... producer
Otto Retzer .... executive producer (as Otto W. Retzer)
 
Original Music by
Gerhard Heinz 
 
Cinematography by
Juan Soler 
 
Film Editing by
Karl Aulitzky 
Christine Jank 
 
Art Direction by
Klaus Haase 
 
Costume Design by
Rolf Albrecht 
 
Production Management
Otto Retzer .... production supervisor (as Otto W. Retzer)
Erich Tomek .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Lina Romay .... assistant director (as Rosa Almirail)
 
Special Effects by
Juan Ramón Molina .... special effects (as Juan Ramon Molina)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Fátima Ochando .... assistant director of photography (as Fatima Ochanda)
Juan Soler .... still photographer (as Hannes Furbringer)
 
Music Department
Frank Duval .... composer: song "Love in the Shadow"
 
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Maite Mannchen .... production coordinator
 

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Also Known As:
"Die Säge des Todes" - West Germany (original title)
"The Saw of Death" - International (English title) (informal literal title)
"The Bloody Moon Murders" - Belgium (English title) (video title)
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90 min
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Certification:
Argentina:18 | Germany:BPjM Restricted | Netherlands:16 | UK:18 | UK:X (original rating) | West Germany:(Banned) | West Germany:18 (cut) (video rating) (1986) | West Germany:18 (theatrical release) (1981) (uncut)
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Continuity: Angela is wearing a gray nightshirt when she finds Eva dead on her bed and immediately runs screaming out of the bungalow at which point Angela is suddenly wearing a sweater with a colorful forest pattern instead of the nightshirt.See more »
Quotes:
Manuela:No, Miguel. I'm your sister. We shouldn't start again. Don't you see that people wouldn't let us love each other. It's that... don't you see... it's everybody that's around us, staring at us and judging us.
[gasps]
Manuela:I'm so afraid. Miguel, I'm terribly frightened. If we could just get rid of everyone around us. Then things could be as they were.
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5 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Jesus Franco's entry to the slasher genre..., 20 February 2004
Author: RareSlashersReviewed from London

Like most exploitation directors from the eighties, Jesus Franco had his own attempt at creating a ‘Halloween' for the once-bankable slasher market. Spanish-born Franco has helmed over a hundred and eighty movies, using up to sixty pseudonyms and he's still working today, even though he will soon reach his seventy fourth birthday! He is reputedly the sleaziest of all European filmmakers, with a (clearly unconfirmed) reputation for making up to three movies out of one production budget. I personally haven't seen many of his wayward creations, but I'm sure that I have an uncut copy of Faceless somewhere in my collection, which didn't impress me too much. To the best of my knowledge, Bloody Moon has yet to garner an unedited release in the United Kingdom, although there are plenty of anaemic copies floating around that leave out some fun gore. I really doubt it will remain restricted much longer, like many of the video nasties that were once deemed ‘offensive', the shocks have become somewhat thin over the years. I was lucky enough to pick up this uncensored print at a recent film fair, which was originally intended for release in Australia!

The psychotic family at the centre of this plot makes the Voorhees look like the Flintstones! There's Miguel, the severely disfigured brother with a temperamental temper. His sister Manuela isn't much of an improvement, and their Auntie – the contessa – gets a little hot under the collar too (quite literally)! It all kicks off when Miguel heads off to particularly ‘groovy' dance party to perve on some of the crumpet that's boogieing away to the ‘inspirational' music. Feeling a little left out just standing around watching, he swipes a Latin Casanova's Mickey Mouse mask and heads for the dance floor! (Cue a steady-cam shot through the eyeholes to show that Jesus' done his research!) There he meets a disco bunny that confuses him with her fancy man and after they cut a rug or two for a while, she decides that they should head for her apartment. His ploy seems to have worked, because once inside they begin tearing at each-other's clothes as the unsuspecting women entices him into the sack with lines like `I've been waiting so long' and `Hold me tighter… take me!' As the heat of passion rises between the twosome, off comes Miguel's mask revealing a rather tainted mush! Clearly shocked, the girl struggles off the hulking and clearly disappointed soon-to-become killer, sparking him to retaliate by stabbing her repeatedly with a large pair of scissors… Five years later Miguel is released from an asylum (keeping things in tradition, of course), although the doctor doesn't seem all that convinced that he's recovered, but frees him anyway. He heads back to a Spanish language school where (hey, what d'ya know) the students are all dumb, attractive teens drowning in make-up that seem to constantly talk about how their Latin lovers measure up between the sheets. Sounds like an execution-worthy slasher sin to me! Before long the plot narrows out our ‘surviving girl', obvious because she's the only one that doesn't slut it up as much as the others. Next up the unseen psycho (with a stocking over his head) begins to murder her buddies while at the same time terrorising her with somewhat leisurely threats that include: ‘ I'm gonna cut you in two… like a piece of wood… with a hacksaw (!)' Before long Angela is being constantly stalked by the wacko and it's our job to guess whom it is!

For a director with as many movies under his belt as Franco, he's managed to make this look like some amateur film-student helmed it on his lunch break. The camera-operator looks as if he's had ‘one too many' and the editor either suffered a temporary hands-only disability or he'd also been ‘out on the sherbets' with the cameraman. But just when you decide that you've written Bloody Moon off as a complete disaster, Franco springs back with a couple of plausible set pieces. The scene where the killer places all of Angela's friend's bodies around her chalet whilst he stalks in the shadows was superb, although one has to wonder how it was possible for him to get the corpses there in the first place. She'd spent the last half of the movie with the windows and doors tightly barricaded! But any credibility is desultory, mainly ruined by the endless jerky zoom shots or the comical dubbing that makes Godfrey Ho and Joseph Lai's Ninja films look like theatrical masterpieces.

There are long spaces when not a lot happens aside from watching the humorous females struggle to look convincing, and at times things feel like they're moving far too slowly. The only redemption is the murders that at least chuck in some imaginative gore. The renowned decapitation involving a girl unwittingly letting her own self be tied up before she looses her head over (or under) a circular saw is about the most fun of the lot. It's especially amusing because she thinks she's actually going to get drilled (if you know what I mean) and instead she gets sawed and totally screwed! The director really attempts to build the shock-factor when a curious child is methodically run down as the killer escapes in his Mercedes. Another girl is stabbed through the breast so that the blade pops through her nipple and one guy is attacked with a hedge-trimmer, which just about rounds off the best of the tacky effects. My favourite thing about Bloody Moon was the wonderfully cheesy disco-tunes that rock when the cast frequents the nightclubs. Listen out for ‘Shake your baby', which sounds like Rolf Harris has reinvented Presley's Blue Suede Shoes for the holiday resort generation! It's hilarious!

This is honestly pretty poor and I wouldn't recommend it to anyone that's not a true slasher collector. It's a twisted beast for sure, but hardly endearing. There are some laughs to be had at the lamely dubbed speech and the endless talk of sex, but if that's want you want then buy a German porno. Someone who can't handle trash cinema probably wouldn't let this get past the five-minute mark and admittedly even I found it hard to keep my interests raised! If you fancy some European slashings, then head over the Mediterranean to Roma where I'm sure you'll find something a little more competent! Put it this way one girl sums the movie up perfectly in her dialogue, `What you saw was not a murderer, but just a dummy!' Exactly…

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