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Lover of the Monster (1974)

Le amanti del mostro (original title)


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Cast overview:
Dr. Alex Nijinski
Katia Christine ...
Anijeska Nijinski
Marzia Damon
Stella Calderoni
Romano De Gironcoli
Alessandro Perrella
Carla Mancini
Luigi Bevilacqua
Bruno Arié
Osiride Pevarello ...
Polanski (as Osiride Peverello)
Amedeo Timpani ...
Il giudice
Pasquale Toscano
Dr. Igor Walensky (credited on Turkish prints only)
Boris (credited on Turkish prints only)
Roberto Messina


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28 May 1974 (Italy)  »

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Lover of the Monster  »

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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 »


Referenced in Due bounty killer per un massacro (2007) See more »

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Moderately diverting horror feature
23 October 2004 | by (Oakland CA) – See all my reviews

One of the better films from director Sergio Garrone, Le Amanti del Mostro benefits from star Klaus Kinski, who delivers a surprisingly subtle and nuanced performance as Alex Nijinksi, a doctor who stumbles upon a secret experimental laboratory when he returns to his wife's ancestral homestead. Work in the lab turns the curious Kinski into a Jekyll and Hyde split personality, with the evil alter ago going on a killing rampage blamed on a pair of tramps--one of whom bears the name Polanski. Whether this is a tribute to the great director or a commentary on 19th century anti-Semitism isn't made clear, but the film DOES feature an amusing cinema in joke in the early going, when co-star Katia Christine (the Nicole Kidman lookout playing Kinski's wife) visits her father's grave, which bears the name Ivan Rassimov! A surprisingly bloodless late period example of Italian Gothic cinema, Le Amanti del Mostro is available on a grey area Shoarma DVD which also features a generous stills gallery of Kinski performances, and the crown jewel: a 1985 German television interview featuring a reticent Kinski and some amusing outtakes from his then current production, Commando Leopard.

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