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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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A very good 80's Franco film
6 April 2007 | by (NY -- United States) – See all my reviews

Another underrated film, apparently a bit far off of the beaten path for most viewers. Like most Franco films this one has a good deal of atmosphere and some genuinely strange moments (and lots of nudity but not much gore). I also found the story to be well done and an interesting take on the older Blind Dead series. Franco also has some interesting things to say in the commentary on the Severin Films version, relating the dead monks in the film to his view of the Spanish Catholic church -- an insightful view, in fact, reflecting popular attitudes in Spanish Catholicism that define monks and priests as theoretically saintly figures that are also motivated by the needs and failings that drive ordinary men. I also agreed with Franco's commentaries on George Romero and his zombies (unlike a previous reviewer). I admire Night of the Living Dead for its innovative approaches, but I have always found the zombies to be very boring because in moral and intellectual terms they are complete ciphers. I've seen NotLD in at least four different decades -- and I will see it again I'm sure -- but I'm not a fan of the zombies. The living dead in Franco's film, although they could be more well-developed, are much more interesting. Kind of like the zombie "hero" in Jean Rollin's Zombie Lake who has some kind of moral sense despite his deadness.


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