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8/10
sumptuous, sensuous, symbolic
goblinhairedguy13 February 2004
Here's another sumptuous-looking, highly atmospheric and sensuous fantasy from Spanish art-exploitation director Larraz, who was responsible for Vampyres, the finest of modern vampire movies. The scenes are bathed in soft-focus greens and ochres, emphasising the dreamlike pastoral setting and highlighting the players' striking emerald and almond eyes. The three main characters are gorgeous in unique ways, the Spanish guitar score is a perfect complement to the mood, there is one memorable surrealistic image, and the story is absorbing and quite unpredictable. Only the rather arbitrary ending is a let-down. A perfect example of the heights reached by 70s Euro-fantasy, with psychological and cultural subtexts intensifying the conventions of the erotic and horror genres.
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9/10
A dream like, magical journey.
RatedVforVinny27 November 2018
Fantastic, sublime piocture, concerninmg two mysterious folk of Gypsy origin. The soundtrack which is not credited, is one of the all time best. At first was not sure of the soft focus but as you watch, it kind of seduces you into the powerful, erotic events that unfold. I have only seen the cut version (alas) but please ignore the terrible reviews to this one. Even if you don't like this type of material, the music alone is a haunting masterpiece. The cover poster (pictured), is original/incredible. An uncut, remastered version would be very most welcomed.
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4/10
Disappointing effort from the great J.R. Larraz
Coventry24 December 2008
Contrary to popular belief, the world of 70's exploitation and trash cinema can be quite the mysterious and contradictory place. Take this rarely seen and obscure piece of Spanish awkwardness, for example! This movie is weird and confusing even BEFORE you decide to watch it. If you look it up on this marvelous website, you stumble upon the page of a seemingly stylish, artistic and somewhat psychedelic film entitled "The Coming of Sin", which showcases a cover image with a golden and transparent horse standing in a meadow. In case you know yet nothing about the film, you're tempted to think this will be an artsy and tasteful exploitation feature. However, the VHS exemplar that ended up in my dirty little hands is proudly entitled "Violation of the Bitch" with the provocative tagline "She Asked for it …" written in equally giant letters and showing the drawing of a busty woman kneeling down in front of a pair of female legs and begging for her life. Now, what type of film do you expect to see in this case? That's right, pure rancid sleaze and gratuitous violence!

The actual finished product is somewhat of a mixture between wannabe artistic and wannabe shocking. "Violation of the Bitch/The Coming of Sin" is plentiful of nudity (both male and female) but severely lacking a decent storyline and action sequences. A wealthy but lonely and sexually frustrated female takes a shy but voluptuous gypsy girl into her mansion for some company and random lesbian entertainment. The girl suffers from a recurring nightmare about a naked man on a horse stalking her. The dream actually becomes reality when one morning there's a naked horseman at their door. The gypsy girl naturally reacts reluctant, but the insatiable artist is fascinated by the appearance and a bizarrely uncomfortable triangular relationship develops itself. In spite of the reasonably short running time (little under 80 minutes), "Violation of the Bitch" is a tedious film with an unpleasantly large amount of padding footage. All the potentially intriguing plot elements (the gypsy girl's history, the horseman's background…) are ignored in favor of long and meaningless sequences containing two female lead characters staring at each other naked or posing for nude portraits. The climax is totally implausible since it contradicts with everything the script attempted to make us believe earlier on, but hey, at least the VHS cover art wasn't a lie. José Ramón Larraz has always been one of my favorite Euro-exploitation directors (the man was single-handedly responsible for "Vampyres", "Black Candles" and "Symptoms") but this is unquestionably one of his lesser efforts. Unless you're a tolerant and extremely open-minded fan of odd exploitation sleaze, avoid!
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8/10
Hard to find Euro-trash classic
Thom-P28 April 2000
Good luck tracking this one down at BlockBuster (that's a laugh!) or any other local video store. Joseph Larraz's long lost slice of Euro-trash is a must see for lovers of decadent cinema, but your only hope is to hook up with a collector who'll no doubt supply you with a poorly dubbed, multi-generation copy. Still, this sick puppy is about as sleazy as it gets (the composite version I saw even contained some hardcore sex scenes), yet manages to tell a rather engaging story about a gypsy orphan girl who comes to stay at a lonely widow's villa and keeps her "company" in more ways than she bargained for. Throw in a naked dude on horseback, a few surreal dream sequences and an assortment of sex, sex and more sex (with a little violence thrown in for good measure), and it all adds up to a highly unforgettable viewing experience. Alas, the only way you'll ever get to see it is by posting a trade request on alt.video.tape-trading.
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Good example of the euro-trash genre
tim_age17 August 2003
Larraz is one of those directors who succeed in making a picture with virtually no money (e.g. Jesus Franco). By using some unorthodox images like a naked man on a horse, and by doing some smart editing, he manages to give this film a creepy feeling that shows you don't need millions to make a decent picture.

This does not mean this is a good movie, although it had some strong scenes, including the infamous horse-with-woman-inside scene, it has a weak ending, a couple of standard middle-of-the-road sexscenes and the acting is (as always in eurotrash cinema) rather amateuristic.

I'd recommend this to anyone who has seen every Franco 70s movie available and wants to see something similar. However, Larraz made a much better picture with Vampyres which stands much higher on my all-time top eurotrash list.
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8/10
The lady, the gypsy and the horseman
andrabem20 July 2008
Lorna is a young painter living by herself in the countryside. A couple friend on their way to London leave Triana (a shy black-eyed gypsy girl) with her. Triana has terrible nightmares in which a naked man on a horse pursues her. And these nightmares show to be grounded on reality when the horseman materializes in real life. Triana and Lorna become more and more attached to each other... and the horseman breaks into their lives. Triana feels repulsion for him and Lorna feels curiosity. A fortune teller had told Triana that a horseman would appear in her life and that when she gave in to him, a tragedy would occur. Bizarre love triangle!

The story is stylishly told. Creative cameras show the countryside, the house and the high grasses surrounding it, the dream sequences, the wind moving the clothes on the clothes line, the river, the small animals hopping around, and to crown it all, beautiful erotic scenes. All this is punctuated by a beautiful soundtrack of Spanish guitars.

Classic Spanish pictures of naked women, a flamenco dance that will be a prelude for things to come, a gypsy party.... "La visita del vicio" (The coming of sin), like the countryside and people it portrays, is dreamy, erotic and atmospheric.
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1/10
Boring
JohnSeal12 July 2004
This review is based on the 73-minute version of this film sold through Luminous Film and Video Wurks. It's a minimalist tale of three people--a gypsy girl, a rich woman, and a mysterious man who likes to be in the buff whilst riding his horse--engaged in a three way relationship. The sex scenes are blunt, perfunctory, and frankly quite dull, the characters are one-dimensional and lacking in motivation, and the film's conclusion is almost as ridiculous as its contrived opening sequence. I'm not sure what the other reviewers liked about La Visita del Vicio (titled Sodomia on the Luminous tape), as it bored me to tears. Perhaps not quite as bad as the worst Jesus Franco film, but close.
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4/10
Uhh ... That's It?
Squonkamatic7 June 2008
Unless you like dreamy softcore erotica and get a kick out of watching naked guys ride bareback on horses, THE COMING OF SIN has very little to recommend it to fans of Euro Horror like myself. I sought this out based on director Jose Ramon Larraz' reputation from other films of his like DEVIATION, THE HOUSE THAT VANISHED, VAMPYRES and the wildly over-rated BLACK CANDLES. I'll even admit to guiltily enjoying some of his later shockers like BITS & PIECES and the teen oriented SAVAGE LUST. While they are an inconsistent lot, the films do have two elements in common, specifically an air of artful creativity and some sort of a payoff.

THE COMING OF SIN is by contrast a long trip for an extremely short day at the beach. A fetching young gypsy girl with a penchant for sleeping in the nude comes to live with a ravishing aristocratic blond painter who very quickly helps her dark guest come to grips with her bisexuality, which is par for the course for these sort of things. Tension is added in the form of Chico, a Duran Duran lookalike who spends the majority of the film riding around completely naked on a horse. Like the girl he is also a gypsy and lives in a hut he made down by the river where he spends his time lying around waiting for women to wander by. Seems like kind of boring living to me but whatever, that's Spain for you.

Chico eventually joins the ladies at the house after some nonsense involving trampled flowers, lost necklaces, breech loading shotguns, 19th century figure painting, and the film's iconic dream image of the gypsy girl crouching inside a life-sized horse model. You sort of have to see it to understand what I mean but the running theme in the film is that none of the sumptuous imagery and erotic tension ever really pays off aside for some softcore fumblings. The movie's alternate English title VIOLATION OF THE BITCH has to do with the scene where Chico proves his love to the lady of the house by apparently buggering her while the family is over for a dinner party. Gee whiz!

All of it leads up to a climax of violence that happens for no particular reason at all, other than perhaps Larraz' wish to try and pull the rug out from underneath the trenchcoaters who would be flocking to the grindhouse to see the movie. The problem is that the movie -- while as sleazy as they come -- isn't really sick or demented enough to warrant some of it's reputation, and reading over some of the other comments here I wonder if perhaps the version I saw on a PAL format DVD may have been missing some scenes.

If anything this is sort of a Euro Sleaze couples movie, chock full of both female and male nudity, all of it very tastefully and artfully photographed. And hence the problem with it on a thematic level for those used to Larraz' more well-known work: It's a bit too tasteful and aside from the bizarre dream sequence involving the horse never really grabs the imagination. Which may have been the point -- to make a watchable little softcore that doesn't really push the envelope too much. The film was made at the end of the Franco era in Spain when overt sexuality was a no-no on the generalissimo's cinema screen and might have simply been an attempt to make a cheap little sex thriller with a cast of about eight people, and on that level it isn't bad.

The bottom line is that if you want to watch Euro Trash softcore without much in the way of plot you should give this one a try, as the film is endowed with the steamy soft focus look of a Penthouse spread. But if you are drawn to Larraz' horror work you'll be scratching your head and watching the runtime clock tick off waiting for something to happen. Unfortunately, not much does.

4/10
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9/10
Oranges and lemons.
morrison-dylan-fan31 May 2020
Warning: Spoilers
With my PS3 having played up on playing Blu-Rays for ages, (yet games still work!) I decided this week to finally buy a Blu-Ray player. Trying to decide which Blu to play first on it,I remembered a Cinema of Spain viewing challenge taking place on ICM, leading to me taking the Larraz box set off the shelf.

View on the film:

The closing title in their set, Arrow present a excellent transfer, which retains the film grain,whilst the audio and colours of the print are kept clean,all backed by fascinating extras on the title.

Returning to Spain after General Franco's death for a movie the producer hoped would jump on the Emmanuelle (1974) bandwagon thanks to censorship relaxing in Spain, co-writer/(with Monique Pastrynn) directing auteur Jose Ramon Larraz comes back to a home built on his major themes and recurring motifs, shimmering in the warm,rustic colours lining Lorna's remote chateau , deep in the rural countryside that Larraz had visited in Whirlpool (1970-also reviewed.)

Working on Comic-Books and training as a fine painter before he entered cinema,Larraz & cinematographer Fernando Arribas paint the surreal sensuality of Larraz works with a mesmerising artistry that pays tribute to sensualist Symbolist painter Julio Romero de Torres, (whose art is a central part of Lorna and Triana's relationship, who attend a galley displaying his works,and read books featuring Torres's art.)

Larraz frames Torres's sensuality in the stylised longing two-shots between Triana and Lorna, the miraged figure of Chico riding through blades of grass on a pale horse, and a strikingly chiaroscuro colour coding shaded to the stages of Lorna and Triana's relationship.

Riding in his distinctive surreal eroticism with startling dream set-pieces colouring Lorna's passions for Triana, Larraz weaves the eyeful of skin and a wonderful splash of red across the gloomy ending, with a thoughtful quality in capturing the friction between the trio, (trios being a major recurrence in Larraz's work) bonding Lorna and Triana with a switching of gender roles flamenco dance the couple watch on a date,as Lorna casually touches Triana's hand, whose dressed in a mature, masculine suit, which becomes increasingly agitated the more Chico comes closer into focus.

Later stating about the cast in his autobiography that they "Looked great on camera, but didn't know how to act", (a bit harsh!) the trio give very good turns, with Rafael Machado (who lied he could ride horses to get the part,and fell off the first day,but got lucky from the only injury being a bruised ego) charging in with a rugged brute edge, which Patricia Granada has Lorna react to by falling into a maddening jealously of love, (a regular theme of Larraz) Lidia Zuazo has Triana grate on a hard-edge dominance,as Triana looks into the whirlpool at the coming of sin.
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2/10
Like Expose...
Leofwine_draca19 February 2015
...if it was made without any discernible talent, plot or indeed narrative input of any variety. Now, I know that Spanish director Jose Ramon Larraz had talent - he made the atmospheric, erotic horror that was VAMPYRES, after all. But you wouldn't recognise it from watching VIOLATION OF THE BITCH which, despite the exploitative title, is a complete non-starter of a film, a sluggish softcore porn movie a la BLACK CANDLES.

The plot involves a couple of women in a remote country house who soon embark on a passionate lesbian affair. Before long, their happiness is interrupted by the arrival of a man who may or may not be the figure haunting the dreams of one of the women. There's no more story than that, just long scenes of dull dialogue interspersed with various softcore couplings.

Larraz throws in an attempted 'twist' ending in a bid to make this all seem like it's going somewhere, but I'm afraid a couple of seconds of violence in no way, shape or form makes this a decent movie. Just a badly-acted, badly-dubbed and (in the version I saw taken from the old UK Hokushin tape) heavily cut waste of time.
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7/10
Plodding, boring, missed opportunity.
The_Void31 July 2008
"The Violation of the Bitch", is a very interesting title and one that made me confident that I was about to see something at least passable...but unfortunately, the film doesn't live up to it's title and unfortunately it's more of a missed opportunity than a great exploitation flick. The plot makes it sound like the film is going to be interesting too, and we focus on a young girl who has a recurring nightmare of a man on horseback raping her. She goes to live with a sex starved female and they soon kick up a relationship; but then the nightmare rapist manifests himself and a strange love triangle develops. I have to admit that the version I saw was only seventy three minutes long and may well have been a cut version; but unless they cut out all the interesting bits, this is still a bad film. The characters should really be important in a film like this; but instead they are non-existent and that ensures the plot is not very interesting either. As the title would suggest, there's a handful of hardcore sex scenes thrown in; but they're not very well filmed either, which really makes this a rather torrid seventy three minutes of film viewing. Not surprisingly, this is a rare film and it's one that is not worth tracking down.
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10/10
Perfect trash
BandSAboutMovies20 July 2022
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I think the strain of making a few softcore movies got to José Ramón Larraz. He was known somewhat for his haunted London series of films and the last few movies he made after returning to Spain were technically fine, but didn't have the hint of berserk weirdness that he'd shown in England. And then he made The Coming of Sin.

Triana (Lidia Zuazo, using the name Lydia Stern; she only acted in one other movie, José Antonio Villalba's Consultorio sexológico) is a quiet young girl consumed by her dreams, like one where she's nude and running from a man on horseback. As the couple she works for is going on an extended vacation without her, she's loaned to Lorna Western (Patricia Granada, billed as Patrice Grant), an artist who has created her own female-centric world that she remains in firm control of. It's so powerful that men find themselves either upset by it or even unable to enter the grounds.

Of course, seeing as how this is a piece of Eurosleaze strangeness, the two women must have a relationship of a sapphic nature, but it feels earned and not just because we're in a movie and these things need done to please the audience. Even when they leave the grounds for their date, it never seems strange or otherworldly, other than the fact that Lorna possesses an air of authority that challenges men.

But then Chico (Rafael Machado, billed as Ralph Margulis) invades their world and the two women find themselves upended by him. He's charmed Triana away from her soulmate and now the dreams that the two women shared have been taken away and replaced by a woman who is willing to do whatever it takes to make her man succeed.

At one point, someone tells Triana, "Even though you're one of us, you come from a dark corner." It's true - she's another of Larraz's haunted heroines, a woman who holds multitudes if those multitudes are most often expressed as a smoldering sensuality, an intense fantasy life and perhaps a propensity for violence. Instead of an English country manor in the midst of the fog, she's just living in a rich woman's world, a place created for her that once she gives in to the traditional roles society demands of her must be destroyed.

Is Triana a child of the devil, obsessed with fate and dreams filled with symbols? Is her future truly to include her bringing an end to someone she holds most dear? Is Chico even real of some kind of vampiric notion out to destroy the perfection of the world that Lorna has carefully constructed? And how does Larraz make a movie that thematically feels like it could have come from the cameras of Jess Franco but infused it with a dreamy logic that makes it more sumptuous and just plain hot?

Sure, characters shift motivations and it all gets rather talky at times, but a movie where a woman finds herself nude and trapped inside a gigantic gold horse is the kind of surreal madness that this oddball mind demands and Larraz finally figures out how to combine his horror style with the kind of S cinema that was the rage in a newly free Spain.
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7/10
Take another look
christopher-underwood8 August 2020
I last wrote about this Jose Larraz film on here some six years ago and was so rude about it I have had to replace the piece. This has become necessary thanks to the revelatory Blu ray print made available by Arrow on their box set. Even this I didn't purchase upon initial release because of poor reviews for his first film Whirlpool (which turns out to be fine) and memories of this particular film that has gone by so many different titles over the years. This is no great film but it is not terrible and indeed a very pleasant watch with glorious visuals, a marvellous gypsy ingredient which includes our lovely co lead, background music and a fine flamenco episode plus a most authentic looking gypsy lunch and table dance. The sex scenes are far more forthright and vigorous than I remember and nothing like as consensual in appearance. On the disc extras Marc Morris fully explains the various versions with examples and indication of quality, or more particularly lack of and it is quite apparent I had previously only seen some very poor approximation of this title. There is even talk of a popular video version missing the opening reel and it seems it may well have ben a copy of this I had previously seen and then written so contemptuously. So, for the first time I have felt the need to delete my original piece and urge anyone who has the slightest liking for the films of mr Larraz to give this one another chance.
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4/10
Mediocre Spanish Exploit...
EVOL66629 July 2007
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Not much to really rave about in VIOLATION OF THE BITCH. What could have been a relatively interesting storyline about a strange love-triangle, instead turns into an unintelligibly average sexploit film whose only real highlights are a few weak hardcore scenes.

A gypsy girl who has recurring rape-nightmares of some nekkid guy on horse, comes to live and work for a rich, secluded, and sex-starved female artist after her previous female employer banishes her under mysterious circumstances. The Nekkid Horse Rider ends up being a real person who has followed Gypsy Girl to Horny Artist's house, and begins a sexual-relationship with both women that will end in tragedy for at least one of the parties involved...

VIOLATION OF THE BITCH started off strongly enough, with a bit of a "mystery" element to it, but quickly degenerated into a weak sexploit film. Now, I'm all for sexploit films, and usually plot doesn't necessarily need to be a key-point - but for the kicker to this one is that it introduced several interesting plot-points, and then never followed through with them. Who is Nekkid Horse Rider? What is his history with Gypsy Girl? Why does she call him "Manuel" while he calls himself "Chico"? What really happened between Gypsy Girl and her former employer? I guess I'll have to wait for the 30 year over-due sequel or the Hollywood remake to get these questions answered. Not a horrible film, but the few un-erotic hardcore scenes only help this film so much...4/10
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3/10
The naked man and the wooden horse ...
parry_na20 May 2022
I honestly don't know what I've just watched. Recommended for José Ramón Larraz completists only - anyone expecting the slow-burning exploitation/eroticism of his 1974 film 'Vampyres' will doubtless be disappointed with this.

A mildly sexual relationship develops between two young women, Triana and Lorna - and Triana is 'plagued' by dreams of a naked man on horseback. When he appears in actuality ... not a lot happens, all in a washed-out series of images (artistic choice or a sign of its age? Not sure). Shame, because it's an intriguing premise.

Possibly this film is notorious mostly for the image of a naked woman inside a wooden horse, which is being approached by another horse. It's enough to make the eyes water - but not much else remains in the memory. If you're persevering in the hope of a good ending ... I wouldn't bother. My score is 3 out of 10.
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A rather boring "Spanish Emmanuelle"
Pedro-377 January 2002
I've picked up the DVD because I liked the weird cover. It wasn't quite worth it but it wasn't that bad either. The best thing about this "Spanish Emmanuelle" (that's what the producers expected from director Larraz) is the dream sequence in which a woman is placed inside some model of a horse. Well, you have to see it. It leaves everything to the imagination of the viewer and depending on how sleazy your mind actually is, the scene comes across as very naughty. Otherwise, it's harmless softcore stuff with a rather weak ending.

My rating: 4/10
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4/10
Poorly made 70's softcore
oldvicar23 May 2020
There appear to be several versions of this flick about. Within a minute and a half of the bemusingly cinematic opening the title was displayed as 'VICE MAKES A VISIT'. If only. The film is worth a few stars because quite clearly someone attempted to make a movie here and it wasn't necessary to turn it off after a few minutes because it was either home movie standard footage or the actors were like fish out of water. Well, the male lead was awful in every scene, but it must be suspected he was told to be some sort of brooding latino by the director. Anyway the nudity is not worth the watch, and the rest of this contrived nonsense obviously isn't either. However there are two scenes containing very good flamenco guitar playing, and the sulky would-be-rapist idiot riding around naked on a horse is laughably worth a watch. If you're lucky enough to catch the English dubbed version the accents are a real treat. Reviews suggesting the director or anything about this tripe is noteworthy are mysterious, as the film is basically tripe.
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