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Horror from the Tomb (1973)

El espanto surge de la tumba (original title)
R | | Horror | February 1975 (USA)
In Medieval France a warlock is be-headed and his wife tortured and executed. Hundreds of years later an isolated group of people discover his head buried on their property. Soon it comes ... See full summary »


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Paul Naschy (story and screenplay) (as Jacinto Molina)




Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Naschy ... Alaric de Marnac / Hugo de Marnac / Armand de Marnac
Emma Cohen ... Elvire
Víctor Barrera Víctor Barrera ... Maurice Roland / André Roland (as Vic Winner)
Helga Liné ... Mabille De Lancré (as Helga Line)
Betsabé Ruiz Betsabé Ruiz ... Silvie (as Betsabe Ruiz)
Luis Ciges ... Alain 'Le Raté' - a thief
Julio Peña ... Jean
María José Cantudo ... Chantal (as Maria Jose Cantudo)
Juan Cazalilla Juan Cazalilla ... Gastón
Francisco Llinás Francisco Llinás ... René (as Francisco Llinas)
Ramón Centenero Ramón Centenero ... André Govar (as Ramon Centenero)
Montserrat Julió Montserrat Julió ... Odile (as Monserrat Julio)
Francisco Nieto Francisco Nieto ... Hubard
Elsa Zabala Elsa Zabala ... Madame Irina Komarova
Esther Santana Esther Santana ... Joven hermosa


In Medieval France a warlock is be-headed and his wife tortured and executed. Hundreds of years later an isolated group of people discover his head buried on their property. Soon it comes back to life, possessing people and using them to commit sacrifices and to search for the rest of his body Written by Jeremy Lunt <durlinlunt@acadia.net>

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Did You Know?


The BCI DVD release contains 3 versions of "Horror Rises from the Tomb." The US (R-rated theatrical version), an international UNCUT version, and an "clothed version." See more »


Referenced in An Interview with Paul Naschy (2009) See more »

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A ton of genre fun.
24 April 2004 | by zendo_666See all my reviews

This film was really worth the hour and a half! This one has it all folks: zombies, satanism, talismans, regenerated warlocks sleeping in coffins, cannibalism, weirdo country folks, a dash of lesbianism, a hint of necrophilia, and tons of nudity. If you are a fan of pulp horror, this one's for you. It is at times gothic, at times hallucinatory, and at times just an in-your-face festival of gore.

The structure of plot is a gleeful reworking of some mainstays of European and American horror, and yet manages to pull off a couple of real suprises. The direction is a bit slow, and the editing occasionally clunky, but all told, it keeps you watching until the end. Genre mainstay Paul Naschy is always a bit creepy to watch, and especially during this period... he just looks so much like John Belushi! He's in rare form here, playing the dual lead, and feeling up just about every female in the film. Whether he's kissing them or hacking out their hearts, you can be sure that somewhere along the line Naschy will manage to get a boob into his hand. And, strangely, it seems right. Naschy wrote the film as well, but he used his real name (Jacinto Molina)... just one more example of the twisted logic of Euro-horror pseudonyms!

Anyway, genre fans, take note: Exploitation is best served from those who enjoy it. This film is great because the writer/star clearly loves horror films and exploitation in general, much like his contemporaries Jess Franco, Lucio Fulci, and the rest. Enjoy it for all of the fun it has with the genre!

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Lozoya, Madrid, Spain See more »


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