Murder victims are being found with the hearts cut out. A police detective is assigned to find and stop the killer.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Suzanne Danielle ...
Barry Stanton ...
Jonathan Kent ...
Matthew Long ...
Ellis Dale ...
Jeffry Wickham ...
Edgar (as Jeffrey Wickham)
Hospital Gardener (as Morgan Sheppard)
Barry Stokes ...
1st Victim
Richard Wren ...
Diane Adderley ...
Police Woman (as Diana Adderley)


A serial killer rips out the heart of his victims, and Detective Inspector Clifford (Anthony Valentine) is in charge of the investigation without any lead. While listening to the radio, he becomes aware of a best-seller, in which the killer also removes the heart of his victims, and Clifford meets the writer, Natalie (Suzanne Danielle), and she tells that the character was based on a countess that lived centuries ago. Clifford asks for an appointment with the descendant, Mrs. Henska (Siân Phillips), who becomes his suspect number one. Although under investigation, the murders do not stop and Clifford tries to find other clue. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Spread your wings and … KILL!
13 December 2006 | by (the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls) – See all my reviews

Another fabulous H.H.H installment, "Carpathian Eagle" presents a truly original and twisted murder story with a great amount of tension, some highly effective red herrings and very likable characters. The script, which is possibly the most imaginative and progressive of ALL the Hammer short movies, introduces sinister Eastern European myths, confused police detectives and one major hot female serial killer! Police forces are stunned after discovering the leftovers of two male bodies of which the hearts are clean ripped out. They're looking for a male culprit until inspector Clifford overhears a radio show where a female novelist explains about her new book revolving on an Eastern European countess whose pet eagle ripped out the heart of 107 of her lovers. He teams up with the author and learns that the killer's modus operandi was indeed inspired by Nathalie's book and the last descendant of the Countess becomes the main suspect. "Carpathian Eagle" is a fast-paced tale of terror that'll certainly keep you on the edge of your seat for 50 minutes. The on screen murders are fascinating, especially the first two, since we only get to see the female culprit's gorgeous long legs and never her face. Her choice of targets even results in some comical moments! One guy repeatedly refers to himself as 'Randy Andy' and owns a bed shaped like a naked body, complete with breasts and over-sized feet. Another victim opens with the line: "I'm rich…and I want to have you". Pierce Brosnan stars in a tiny role as the last victim. I guess the future James Bond wasn't clever enough yet to escape the lusts of a horny serial killer… A nearly brilliant series of end-twists eventually made "Carpathian Eagle" my personal second favorite H.H.H episode, right after "The Silent Scream". Highly recommended!

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