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Lover of the Monster (1974)
"Le amanti del mostro" (original title)

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Marzia Damon
Stella Calderoni
Romano De Gironcoli
Alessandro Perrella
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Roberto Messina
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Often confused with The Hand That Feeds the Dead (1974), which was released only a month before this film. Both films are directed by Sergio Garrone and feature the same cast - except Carmen Silva who appears only in The Hand That Feeds the Dead (1974). The two films also share some of the same footage but they *are* entirely different films with different plots. See more »

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Disappointing and boring horror
30 December 2008 | by (Beverley Hills, England) – See all my reviews

What we have here is a concoction obviously based on the classic Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde story and taking a bit of influence from Frankenstein. It actually reminded me a lot of the modern horror classic Re-Animator; although anyone expecting anything as gory/entertaining as that film will likely be very disappointed after seeing this one! Lover of the Monster is the second 1974 film directed by Sergio Garrone and starring Klaus Kinski- the first being The Hand That Feeds the Dead, and the two are apparently often confused. The plot here focuses on a doctor and his wife who go to stay at the wife's childhood home despite having some marital problems. The doctor begins snooping around the house and comes across some work investigating life and death. Naturally the doctor wants to investigate this himself, but things go wrong and he ends up with a murderous alter-ego and goes round the countryside murdering people, only for a poor innocent tramp to get the blame for the killings.

Sergio Garrone was responsible for one of the most notorious (and one of the very worst) Video Nasties with SS Experiment Camp in 1976; so it's surprising just how tame Lover of the Monster is. The film is very slow indeed and features practically no bloodshed whatsoever; which is fairly surprising considering that there are more than a handful of murders on display. All the murders are committed through the eyes of the killer; and it's really rather dull and pointless since we always know exactly who the murderer is and thus it may as well be shown. The film takes on a period setting; which doesn't do it any favours either, aside from the fact that Klaus Kinski looks right at home. The film runs for less than ninety minutes but somehow it still manages to outstay its welcome and my interest in the film waned further as the film went on, and unfortunately there was nothing at the end to reignite it. Lover of the Monster is a rather rare film; and I'm sure it will stay that way as there's no good reason to dig it up!


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