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The Beasts' Carnival (1980)

El carnaval de las bestias (original title)
A hit man working for the Yakuza double crosses his employers and flees with a cache of diamonds from the latest heist. Injured and hiding in the mountain regions of Spain, with Japanese ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Bruno Rivera
Eiko Nagashima ... Mieko
... Don Simón (as Lautaro Murua)
Silvia Aguilar ... Mónica
Azucena Hernández ... Alicia (as Azucena Hernandez)
Kogi Maritugu ... Taro (as Kogi Moritugu)
Roxana Dupre ... Raquel (as Roxana Dipre)
Pepe Ruiz ... Don Serafín
Paloma Hurtado ... Woman dressed as Marie Antoinette
... El Palanqueta
... Don Carmelo, the priest
... Man dressed as Superman (as Rafael Hernandez)
... Compinche de El Palanqueta (as Tito Garcia)
Ramón Centenero ... (as Ramon Centenero)
Alexia Loreto ... Ramona
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A hit man working for the Yakuza double crosses his employers and flees with a cache of diamonds from the latest heist. Injured and hiding in the mountain regions of Spain, with Japanese assassins in hot pursuit, he takes refuge in the home of a local Doctor and his two daughters, who nurse him back to health and hide him from his pursuers, taking drastic and murderous measures to protect him, for they have plans of their own in store for their current guest. Written by Humberto Amador

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Dies Irae Psichedelico
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Bleak Humanity
12 June 2017 | by See all my reviews

A hit man working for the Yakuza double crosses his employers and flees with a cache of diamonds from the latest heist. Injured and hiding in the mountain regions of Spain, with Japanese assassins in hot pursuit, he takes refuge in the home of a local doctor and his two daughters, who nurse him back to health and hide him from his pursuers.

Mirek Lipinski writes that this film is "one of Naschy's most intimate cries that something was wrong with humanity." Naschy himself wrote that at this point in his life he "didn't believe there were many things worthwhile in this filthy rotten world." This perfectly explains the mindset that went into writing and directing this film.

An unusual blend of mystery, action, crime and horror, the one unifying theme of the movie is that no one is to be trusted and man is always ready to prey on his fellow man. For those viewers who like to have a character they can be sympathetic with, this film may have you searching in vain. Our "hero" is a double-crossing hit-man and thief. His saviors have their own agenda. The house servant is unfaithful to her lover. The only one who is arguably a good person is Meiko, who is justified in tracking down the man who wronged her. But even here, when we first meet her, she has orchestrated a jewel heist.

Though not one of Naschy's better-known films (at least in America), it has some moderate star power. The two daughters are played by a former beauty contest winner and a former model, who were no doubt beloved in Spain. The cinematographer is Alejandro Ulloa (1926-2002), who may be known for "Horror Express" or Orson Welles' "Chimes at Midnight". The score even has a track from Ennio Morricone, albeit a recycled one from a much earlier film.

Scream! Factory has included this film as part of their 5-movie Paul Naschy Blu-ray set. Interestingly, of the five films this one has the fewest special features. This is a shame, as a commentary would have been nice or better still an interview with star Eiko Nagashima, who could have added a great deal of knowledge about the production.

The video transfer is very good. While not the most crisp and clean picture you will ever see, it is probably the best that could be achieved from the source material and looks exceptional. The only drawback is that Spanish (or Castilian) subtitles are embedded on the screen when characters speak Japanese. The sound, unfortunately, is not spectacular. While this is no doubt the way the original was and no fault of Scream, the vocals tend to fade in and out and the music is not as clear as it could be.

So ad not to end on a negative note, this is still well worth seeking out. For those who only know Naschy from his werewolf movies, this will be an eye-opening experience and really showcases his versatility for various genres.


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