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Cross of the Seven Jewels (1987)

La croce dalle sette pietre (original title)
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A man becomes a werewolf after being cursed by a black magic society. Only a jeweled necklace he wears can stop the transformations taking place.
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Marco Antonio Andolfi ...
Marco Sartori (as Eddy Endolf)
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Maria
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Black Mass Leader
Paolo Fiorino
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Boss from Sicily (as Giorgio Ardisson)
Zaira Zoccheddu ...
Madame Amnesia
Glauco Simonini
Giulio Massimini ...
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Stefano Murè
Irmgard Konnertz
Marco Merlo
Gio Batta Merlo
Cristoforo Vetthen
Gino Lodero
Franco Altobelli
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A man becomes a werewolf after being cursed by a black magic society. Only a jeweled necklace he wears can stop the transformations taking place.

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Unbelievably ridiculous - thoroughly bad but enjoyable
27 December 2000 | by See all my reviews

This is probably the cheapest horror film ever made in Italy, and that surely means something. It's about a hapless man who suffers under a strange werewolf-curse which is related to an even stranger occult sect (led by Cameron Mitchell!). In a way it pays homage to the Spanish werewolf-flics starring Paul Naschy as Valdemar Daninsky. But the Naschy-films look like big budget epics compared to this mess, which is so bad that one has to see it to believe it. Director Andolfi not only plays the lead role (credited as Eddy Endolf) but also handles the special effects and many other things. Sometimes one might believe he was the only one behind the camera (maybe he was, who knows?).

Besides the cursed man and the sect, the incoherent plot involves the least threatening mafia killers ever banned on celluloid; with such mobsters, "The Godfather" would have been the comedy of the 20th century. All the actors seem to be amateurs, probably good friends of director/everything Andolfi. The special effects (especially the werewolf-make-up and the old fashioned transformation sequences) are less convincing than most monster scenes from, shall we say, films by Ed Wood jr. All in all, this shoddy mess is unbelievably ridiculous.

Despite the fact that the film is inept from every imaginable aspect, it is good fun and highly entertaining, at least for watching once - a party tape and a master example of a film that lacks any quality. You have been warned...


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