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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 »

Quotes

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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I didn't understand it, but I loved it
28 January 2003 | by (Skellefteå, Sweden) – See all my reviews

I watched this movie a couple of years ago; I believe it was in Spanish with no subtitles, but that didn't really matter. What mattered was that it was fantastic! I know 95% of the world's population wouldn't agree with me, but I always had a thing for old sleaze/horror movies which seem to be made just because the director had nothing to do, had had a funny dream he wanted to realize, or that he just needed money.

As for this film, I couldn't understand why the title had anything to do with the action. I only remember some scenes with cloaked individuals walking slowly as though in some kind of procession. And there was a man (Antonio Mayans I believe) talking often to some girls, and there were scenes of various sexual intercourse; although I found the atmosphere in the film very serious and unpretentious.

There is one very interesting scene where a couple of girls are lying on the beach, and suddenly a meat cleaver flies through the air, thrown from a hotel window high above, and lands in the sand just beside them. I was intrigued by that scene, quite intimidating.

Only Franco (Oasis of the zombies) and D'Amato (Porno Holocaust, Erotic nights of the living dead) could make movies with this kind of enchanting atmosphere. A solemn, sombre echo from an era since long lost, which after the forgetful ravages of time still can like the bird of Phoenix rise from the ashes of oblivion to once again let its plumage shine with unprecedented respectability.


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