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Cross of the Devil (1975)

La cruz del diablo (original title)
A British novelist travels to Spain to visit his sister. However, when he arrives he discovers that she has been murdered by a gang of devil-worshiping bandits called the Devil's Cross.

Director:

John Gilling

Writers:

Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer (short stories "Miserere", "El monte de las ánimas" and "La cruz del diablo"), Paul Naschy (as Jacinto Molina) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Ramiro Oliveros ... Alfred Dawson
Carmen Sevilla ... Maria
Adolfo Marsillach ... Cesar del Rio
Emma Cohen ... Beatriz
Eduardo Fajardo ... Enrique Carrillo
Mónica Randall ... Justine Carrillo
Tony Isbert ... Iñigo de Ataíde
Fernando Sancho ... Ignacio
Silvia Vivó Silvia Vivó ... Ines
Eduardo Calvo ... Director Prisión
Pascual Hernández Pascual Hernández ... Guardia Civil
Antonio Ramis Antonio Ramis ... Criado
Mariano Cristóbal Mariano Cristóbal ... Cochero
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A British novelist travels to Spain to visit his sister. However, when he arrives he discovers that she has been murdered by a gang of devil-worshiping bandits called the Devil's Cross.

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Country:

Spain

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

29 March 1975 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

Cross of the Devil See more »

Filming Locations:

Casa de Campo, Madrid, Spain See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Bulnes S.A. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)
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Trivia

This was the last film of prolific director John Gilling. He hadn't planned to make it, but he was on vacation in Spain when he was asked by his friend, actor/director Paul Naschy, to direct it for him. See more »

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Referenced in Rojo sangre (2004) See more »

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There was a man...a Templar...he killed her.
13 November 2010 | by lastliberalSee all my reviews

There is some controversy surrounding this film. It was/is a Paul Naschy horror film, but in a strange turnaround, he is not in it.

He asked his friend Hammer director John Gilling to direct. It was Gilling's last film. He did it while he was on vacation in Spain.

Naschy was supposed to star, but Gilling fired him and hired someone else to do rewrites. Naschy still gets writing credits as he wrote the screenplay.

So much for friendship.

Writer Alfred Dawson (Ramiro Oliveros, who was brought in to replace Naschy) is having horrible dreams after smoking hashish. I've had those same dreams after drinking Starbucks Thanksgiving Blend very late at night.

For a horror film, it gets a slow start, absent the dreams. It's more like a telenovela until the very end. You can certainly see the British influence in what is supposed to be a Spanish film.

I have to say that Ines (Silvia Vivó) was a real tease. I kept hoping we would have something to cheer, but she died before we could. Her career was mostly TV, so we will never know what we missed.

The film really doesn't get interesting until the end, when the zombie Templars appear. We are left wondering if there was a real evil or if it was a drug-induced fantasy. Certainly, there was no doubt who killed his sister. I can't imagine a more evil character then Adolfo Marsillach.

No gore, no nudity. It was strictly a TV film.


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