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Bloody Moon (1981)

Die Säge des Todes (original title)
Not Rated | | Horror, Mystery, Thriller | 17 April 1981 (Spain)
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Girls are killed at a language-school in Spain.


Jesús Franco


Erich Tomek (screenplay) (as Rayo Casablanca)





Cast overview:
Olivia Pascal ... Angela
Christoph Moosbrugger Christoph Moosbrugger ... Alvaro
Nadja Gerganoff ... Manuela
Jasmin Losensky ... Inga
Corinna Drews ... Laura (as Corinna Gillwald)
Ann-Beate Engelke Ann-Beate Engelke ... Eva
Peter Exacoustos Peter Exacoustos ... Antonio
María Rubio María Rubio ... Countess Maria Gonzales
Antonia García Antonia García ... Elvira
Beatriz Sancho Nieto ... Rita
Alexander Waechter ... Miguel


Miguel, a young man with a horribly disfigured face, goes on a rampage at a masquerade party and rapes a girl. He then brutally hacks up the young woman with a pair of scissors. Miguel is institutionalized at a mental asylum for five years. Afterward, he is released into the care of his sister, Manuela. Along with their wheelchair bound mother, they operate a boarding school for young woman, called Europe's International Youth-Club Boarding School of Languages, on the Spanish resort of Costa Del Sol. Miguel is intrigued by Angela, a long-haired brunette, whom he first saw on the train ride from the sanitarium. The creepy Miguel follows her around. Miguel meets with Manuela to request that they resume their incestuous relationship. She reminds him that it was this relationship that made him emotionally unstable five years earlier. She says they cannot because nobody understands them: "Only if we could get rid of everyone, then things could go back to the way they were." Then Angela's ... Written by Sujit R. Varma

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Don't Panic... It only happens once in a... Bloody Moon


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This movie was banned in the United Kingdom in the early 1980's after it was labeled a "Video Nasty." See more »


The knife stabbed into Eva's back has its blade tip emerge through her left nipple. When Eva's corpse is later shown hanging in Inga's wardrobe, her left nipple is untouched and the blade tip is protruding from her lower sternum. See more »


Manuela: No, Miguel. I'm your sister. We shouldn't start again. Don't you see that people wouldn't let us love each other. It's that... don't you see... it's everybody that's around us, staring at us and judging us.
Manuela: I'm so afraid. Miguel, I'm terribly frightened. If we could just get rid of everyone around us. Then things could be as they were.
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Alternate Versions

Despite the ultra-fake special effects the UK cinema and 1993 video releases had 1 min 20 secs of violence removed by the BBFC, owing to the films inclusion on the original DPP list of video nasties. These included shots of a woman being tied up and decapitated by a circular saw, Eva being stabbed through the breast and shots of her bloody body, a woman being strangled with fireside tongs, the opening scissor murder and the decapitation of a live snake with garden shears. The later Vipco DVD release featured the same cut print, and the cuts were fully waived for the 2008 Severin DVD release. See more »


Referenced in Video Violence 2 (1988) See more »

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Wacko slasher from Jess Franco
5 December 2015 | by Leofwine_dracaSee all my reviews

A derivative but strangely appealing slasher flick from that auteur of Spanish sleaze and zoom lens-inspired madness, Jess Franco, which opens with a masked killer murdering a young girl and being sent to an asylum for the crime - just to prove that Franco's copying HALLOWEEN a little bit too much, we even see POV shots from the killer looking through the eyeholes in his mask! From then on, BLOODY MOON a cheap and nasty swathe through a series of badly-acting young women, as a mysterious villain murders them off one by one. Despite being set in a language school, there are never more than four or five girls around at time, which somewhat betrays Franco's low budget roots. The plot is pretty ludicrous, with a really dumb script - the English dubbing reaches new levels of absurdity with some of the trite dialogue that the girls constantly spew.

The acting isn't much better, and it's obvious that Franco picks his actresses for their looks rather than their acting ability. The identity of the killer is pretty easy to guess, especially seeing that the red herring is so obvious in this case - could it be the mysteriously scarred man who was previously convicted of murder, who constantly lurks around the school watching the girls? I don't think so. Technically, the film is rather poorly made, with sloppy editing and a tendency to shoot scenes in the dark with little lighting, making the viewing experience sometimes a test of endurance rather than genuine entertainment.

So why did I enjoy this movie? Well, it's just plain trash for sure, but Franco never expects you to think it should be anything else. BLOODY MOON is just about a series of young, sometimes naked girls being offed gorily by a perverted murderer, and that's exactly what Franco delivers. His deaths are all mean-spirited and graphically gory, which earned the film some notoriety when released in the UK - in retrospect the effects are all so cheesily staged that the fuss over such "nasties" is simply ludicrous. This is a fun, barmy and genuinely amusing slasher that doesn't pull any punches.

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