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The Loreley's Grasp (1973)

Las garras de Lorelei (original title)
The legendary Loreley has been living for centuries in a grotto beneath the river Rhein in Germany. Every night when the moon is full, she turns into a reptile-like creature craving for ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tony Kendall ... Sigurd, the Hunter
Helga Liné ... Lorelei (as Helga Line)
Silvia Tortosa Silvia Tortosa ... Elke Ackerman, the Teacher
Josefina Jartin Josefina Jartin ... Boarding School Principal
Loreta Tovar Loreta Tovar ... Martha (as Lolita Tovar)
José Thelman José Thelman ... Carlo Donati (as Joseph Thelman)
Luis Induni ... Mayor
Francisco Nieto Francisco Nieto ... Blind Violinist
Betsabé Ruiz Betsabé Ruiz ... Bride-to-be (as Betsabe Ruiz)
Luis Barboo ... Alberic, Loreley's Servant
Ángel Menéndez Ángel Menéndez ... Professor Von Lander (as Angel Menendez)
Sergio Mendizábal Sergio Mendizábal ... Doctor (as Sergio Mendizabal)
Marisol Delgado Marisol Delgado ... Brigitte (as Mary Sol Delgado)
Victoria Hernández Victoria Hernández ... Teresa, Brigitte's Girlfriend (as Vicky Hernandez)
María Vidal María Vidal ... Maid (as Mary Vidal)


The legendary Loreley has been living for centuries in a grotto beneath the river Rhein in Germany. Every night when the moon is full, she turns into a reptile-like creature craving for human blood. When one girl after another of a nearby boarding school is killed by her, a hunter named Sirgurd is engaged to kill the monster. Written by Andreas Pieper <piepean@uni-muenster.de>

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Release Date:

24 August 1976 (USA) See more »

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C.C. Astro, Profilmes See more »
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Color (Eastmancolor)

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1.85 : 1
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The film had never been picked up by a German distributor during its initial release phase. Only in 2012 the film was released by Austrian label Shock Entertainment, who even created a German dubbing (in 70s style). In 2014 the film was released officially for the first time in Germany (by Mad Dimension). See more »


When Sirgurd swims to the surface and is helped onto the speedboat, he tosses the bomb and says "Let's go". However the boat is still anchored. See more »


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Gory and Violent Monster Flick
22 July 2018 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

The Loreley's Grasp (1973)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

A number of young girls have been brutally murdered so hunter Siguard (Tony Kendall) comes to a local German school where he plans to stop it. Before long more and more women are found dead and some begin to think it's the work of the Loreley monster.

Amando de Ossorio's THE LORELEY'S GRASP is a rather interesting movie that isn't a complete success but there's no question that it has some very memorable moments. The Spanish horror genre didn't always deliver a lot of gore and violence but there's no question that this one delivers enough for two movies. If you're a fan of films with a lot of gore then there's no question that you'll be entertained by what this has to offer.

The film is basically a monster on the loose picture and for some reason I kept thinking about Universal's MONSTER ON THE CAMPUS. In that film, a local campus was being stalked by a monster and that's pretty much what you've got here, although this one here takes the German legend and adds some sleaze to it. The most shocking thing about this picture is the gore level as there are some really brutal murders where flesh is ripped open and hearts are ripped out of the victim's chests! The effects aren't always the best looking but there's plenty of blood for gorehounds.

The film does have some major problems with the biggest being the story structure. Well, there's really not too much of a story here as we see a woman getting ready from bed, she's brutally murdered and then we see the reaction the next day. This here just gets repeated throughout the running time. I'm really not sure why they didn't attempt to do a bit more with the material but I guess they just figured the look of the monster and the gore would be enough.

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