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La corrupción de Chris Miller (1973)

A serial killer uses a scythe to slash his murder victims--or maybe it's *her* murder victims?

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Santiago Moncada (screenplay), Santiago Moncada (story)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jean Seberg ... Ruth Miller
Marisol ... Chris Miller
Barry Stokes ... Barney Webster
Perla Cristal ... Perla
Rudy Gaebel Rudy Gaebel ... Lewis
Gérard Tichy ... Commissioner
Alicia Altabella Alicia Altabella ... Adela
Mariano Vidal Molina ... Ernesto (as Vidal Molina)
María Bardem María Bardem ... Maria
Juan Antonio Bardem ... Pedro (as Juan Bardem)
Miguel Bardem Miguel Bardem ... Tin
Gustavo Re ... Shopkeeper
Carl Rapp Carl Rapp ... TV Reporter
Goyo Lebrero Goyo Lebrero ... Peasant
Antonio Parra Antonio Parra ... Postman
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A serial killer uses a scythe to slash his murder victims--or maybe it's *her* murder victims?

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When it rains it pours...BLOOD!


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Country:

Spain

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

September 1975 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Behind the Shutters See more »

Filming Locations:

Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Xavier Armet P.C. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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According to star Jean Seberg's biography the actress was rather embarrassed to appear in this film because of its lurid subject matter. She only took the role due to financial matters. See more »

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Referenced in Beauty (1981) See more »

Soundtracks

Au clair de la lune
Performed by Barry Stokes, Jean Seberg and Marisol
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Interesting Spanish Giallo
4 May 2006 | by lazarilloSee all my reviews

This is one of the few entirely Spanish gialli and probably the only one that doesn't feature Spanish horror icon/werewolf Paul Naschy. It does have the doomed leftist American actress Jean Seaberg (a few years before she was driven to suicide by FBI harassment)and former Spanish child actress Marisol, all grown up here in all the right places. It has a very nasty murder committed by a guy dressed like Charlie Chaplin (I wonder what the late actor's estate thought of that?)and even more unbelievable scene where an entire family is wiped out by a mysterious figure in a rain slicker wielding a scythe. There is also a strange subplot where Chris Miller (the Marisol character) is traumatized by the sound of rain as the result of having been raped in a shower by a weight lifter (which would have made a great cameo for ex-weight lifter Naschy). Her stepmother (the Jean Seaberg character)is taking care of her but is also bent on "corrupting" her to get back at the girl's father for abandoning them (which might explain why she's relocated them to Spain where it seems to rain constantly).

The weak link in the movie is British pretty-boy Barry Stokes (it should have been Ray Lovelock)playing a drifter who insinuates his way into the lives and the beds of the two women and who they begin to suspect might be the mysterious killer. Stokes gives pretty much the same performance as when he portrayed an emotionless alien in "Prey", he is not the least bit menacing or believable as a potential killer, and, to top it all off, he provides the film's only nudity by shoving his bare butt into the camera (oh boy!). On the other hand, the end is pretty satisfying with some nice ironic twists.

This is by no means a perfect movie, but it certainly merits a DVD resurrection (the copy I saw looked like hell and may have been edited). It would probably be best to wait for that, but do check this one out if you like these kind of films.


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