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La mansión de los muertos vivientes (1982)

A group of vacationing waitresses visit a resort hotel on the Canary Islands, only to find that the former monastery's monks nearby have returned as living blind dead.

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(as Jess Franco)

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(novel) (as D. Khunne), (screenplay)
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Candy (as Candy Coster)
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Carlo Savonarola (as Robert Foster)
Mabel Escaño ...
Mabel
Albino Graziani ...
Marleno
Mari Carmen Nieto ...
Lea (as Mamie Kaplan)
Elisa Vela ...
Caty (as Jasmina Bell)
Eva León ...
Olivia
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Living in a town near Munich, four friends who work as waitresses at a topless joint, decide to take a few days off work and visit the sunny Gran Canaria. Following the travel agency's recommendation, the four of them finally arrive at this dream hotel by the beach, filled with high expectations of having a good time, however, right from the start the sense of a strange vibe emanating from the place is predominant. Obviously, there must be something wrong with this hotel because it appears to be completely vacant, the beach is deserted and the concierge is nowhere to be found. After the initial disappointment things begin to work out when suddenly the mysterious and secretive director of the hotel Carlo Savonarola arrives to make the necessary arrangements and to show them to their rooms. The feeling of uneasiness is intensified when in the middle of the night, the wailing sound of the wind blowing and the echoes from the empty corridors, start bringing chills to the girls forcing for... Written by Nick Riganas

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A Crazy Jess Franco Experiment!

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18 November 1985 (Spain)  »

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Mansion of the Living Dead  »

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Was released in several countries as fifth part of the "Blind Dead" series, even though there's absolutely no connection to it. See more »

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Caty: Sleep.
Candy: That's impossible for me. I can't sleep if I don't make love.
Caty: And what have you been doing the last couple of days?
Candy: Lea and I have managed...
Caty: And Mabel thought you two were a couple of prudes!
Candy: I'm a wild animal!
Caty: Bite me, you wild animal!
Candy: Clothes always get in the way.
[while having sex]
Candy: Ah, a little hair!
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Watchable sleaze outing with a misleading title
23 October 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This is only my third venture into the crazy world of Jess Franco and like the first couple that I watched this is some odd stuff. The title is pretty inaccurate, as there is no mansion involved in the film and most people attracted by the prospect of living dead may be bemused by the fact that the titular undead occupy, at best, a third of the film. The rest is taken up by naked women, some nice and occasionally surreal visuals and plentiful lesbian sex, including more rug munching action than I expected. The women in this film are uniformly quite beautiful, especially the great Lina Romay and Franco's camera simply adores them. One of the highlights is an amusing close up shot of Lina Romay's bush, the sort of moment that reminds us that Franco is one crazy cat and he really, really likes the female of the species. The attractive yet deserted setting and the contrast between the beauty of the beach and hotel with sights like the cheapo zombies or a rusting drum create a serenely surreal atmosphere, aided by the lack of music or indeed, much in the way of sound effects apart from the wind and love making. Unlike the freaky rotting dead folk of Oasis of the Zombies, the ghouls here have faces like pancake batter masks with big crazy grins. Its cheesy, but it reminded me of the masks people wear on Day of the Dead celebrations so I found it quite interesting. The film is very much hampered by the lack of any gore or bloodshed and it does occasionally slip into boredom but at the same time its is often oddly hypnotic and has a good dreamlike feel. There is also some funny dialogue delivered by a crazy gardener, especially his reaction to the idea of coffee. Apparently whiskey is the drink of democracy. I wouldn't be surprised if Franco literally did come up with this one in a dream, as there really is little substance to it, though I have read that the zombies are supposed to represent the catholic church or somesuch so maybe to Franco this is actually intellectual stuff. Altogether, this is no classic for sure but its impossible to dislike, even if it does seem to forget its a horror film and spends much of its time wallowing in lesbian antics. Worth a watch for sleaze hounds, just don't expect a conventional zombie picture.


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