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Mill of the Stone Women (1960)

Il mulino delle donne di pietra (original title)
In 19th century Holland, a professor of fine arts and an unlicensed surgeon run a secret lab where the professor's ill daughter receives blood-transfusions from kidnapped female victims who posthumously become macabre art.

Director:

Giorgio Ferroni

Writers:

Louis Sauvat (dialogue), Pieter van Weigen (short story)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Pierre Brice ... Hans von Arnim
Scilla Gabel ... Elfie Wahl
Wolfgang Preiss ... Dr. Loren Bohlem
Dany Carrel ... Liselotte Kornheim (as Danny Carrell)
Herbert A.E. Böhme ... Prof. Gregorius Wahl (as Herbert Boehme)
Liana Orfei ... Annelore
Marco Guglielmi Marco Guglielmi ... Ralf
Olga Solbelli Olga Solbelli ... Selma
Alberto Archetti Alberto Archetti ... Konrad
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Hans arrives in a town near Amsterdam to write a story on the reclusive sculptor, Professor Val, who lives on an island in the old mill house the locals call the Mill of the Stone Women. Hans meets the professor's beautiful and seductive daughter, and begins feeling passion for her despite his true love for Lisa Lotta. Slowly he becomes aware of the nefarious experiments being conducted by Val and his furtive assistant Dr. Boles, and local women continue to disappear. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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Why do warm-blooded beauties suddenly turn to stone?! See more »

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Country:

Italy | France

Language:

Italian | French

Release Date:

5 September 1962 (France) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Neatly expressionistic mood piece
4 July 2005 | by LARSONRDSee all my reviews

Neatly expressionistic mood piece about a mad scientist/sculptor trying to keep his afflicted daughter from turning to stone by transfusing her with the blood of local babes. The storyline (a favorite of European horror films - THE AWFUL DR. ORLOF and EYES WITHOUT A FACE also had to do with a mad scientist trying to save a deformed daughter at the expense of anyone within reach) has holes thick enough to bowl a woman's severed head through, but the film is great on atmosphere and ambiance. Completed without credit by Mario Bava after director Giorgio Ferroni began it, the Mondo Macabro DVD version includes the uncut French edition (massacred in bad US VHS prints till now). This film was one of two that reportedly started the Eurohorror boom of the '60s and '70s, of which Bava was a primary maestro.


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