5.3/10
1,652
35 user 85 critic

Bloody Moon (1981)

Die Säge des Todes (original title)
Not Rated | | Horror, Mystery, Thriller | 17 April 1981 (Spain)
Trailer
1:38 | Trailer

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Prime Video

Girls are killed at a language-school in Spain.

Director:

Jesús Franco

Writer:

Erich Tomek (screenplay) (as Rayo Casablanca)
Reviews

Videos

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Unhinged (1982)
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

Three young women who crash their car during a rainstorm are taken in by a bizarre family at their large, rural estate.

Director: Don Gronquist
Stars: Laurel Munson, Janet Penner, Sara Ansley
Comedy | Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  

A group of cheerleaders become the targets of an unknown killer at a remote summer camp.

Director: John Quinn
Stars: Betsy Russell, Leif Garrett, Lucinda Dickey
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.5/10 X  

Through the reflection in the mirror, a girl witnesses her mother's boyfriend's murder.

Director: Ulli Lommel
Stars: Suzanna Love, John Carradine, Ron James
Mortuary I (1983)
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

Convinced that her father's death was not accidental, a beautiful girl decides to investigate to find out the truth, aided by her boyfriend. Her sleuthing draws her to a local mortuary, where many secrets will be revealed.

Director: Howard Avedis
Stars: Mary Beth McDonough, David Wysocki, Bill Paxton
The Boogens (1981)
Horror | Sci-Fi | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

Otherworldly creatures are released from the bootleg tunnels underneath a small-town mining community, and begin chomping on the locals.

Director: James L. Conway
Stars: Rebecca Balding, Fred McCarren, Anne-Marie Martin
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  

A young bride-to-be is being stalked upon by a serial killer in Staten Island. She gets help from a former lover, but will they manage to escape?

Director: Armand Mastroianni
Stars: Don Scardino, Caitlin O'Heaney, Elizabeth Kemp
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

Four college students are stalked by an unknown assailant while staying on campus over the Christmas holidays to help clear out a dormitory which is to be demolished.

Directors: Stephen Carpenter, Jeffrey Obrow
Stars: Laurie Lapinski, Stephen Sachs, David Snow
Nightmare (1981)
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

A mental patient embarks on a murder spree upon escaping from an institution.

Director: Romano Scavolini
Stars: Baird Stafford, Sharon Smith, C.J. Cooke
Mausoleum (1983)
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  

Traumatized by her mother's death, young Susan is becoming possessed by the same demon that possessed her mother before she died. More and more her husband and psychiatrist are noticing the... See full summary »

Director: Michael Dugan
Stars: Marjoe Gortner, Bobbie Bresee, Norman Burton
Comedy | Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.6/10 X  

The malevolent spirit of Mary Lou Maloney returns to Hamilton High, where she manipulates a naive male student into helping her wreak havoc on the school.

Directors: Ron Oliver, Peter R. Simpson
Stars: Tim Conlon, Cynthia Preston, David Stratton
Comedy | Fantasy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

Melody, Marci, and Mickey are three geeky college girls who can't get a date. One night, they invite some geeky college guys over and have a seance that results in the girls becoming ... See full summary »

Director: David DeCoteau
Stars: Linnea Quigley, Brinke Stevens, Michelle Bauer
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

A group of teenagers spend the night in a furniture store for a graduation party. A psycho killer starts hunting them down one by one.

Director: Skip Schoolnik
Stars: Bunky Jones, Brittain Frye, Annette Sinclair
Edit

Cast

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
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

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


Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Country:

Spain | West Germany

Language:

German | Spanish

Release Date:

17 April 1981 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

Bloody Moon See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The producers originally wanted to shoot this film in Germany. See more »

Goofs

(at around 38 mins) Angela is wearing a gray nightshirt when she finds Eva dead on her bed and immediately runs screaming out of the bungalow at which point Angela is suddenly wearing a sweater with a colorful forest pattern instead of the nightshirt. See more »

Quotes

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.
[gasps]
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.
See more »

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 »

Connections

Referenced in Video Violence 2 (1988) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more »

User Reviews

 
Gory Jess Franco Slasher
4 December 2007 | by Witchfinder-General-666See all my reviews

"Bloody Moon" aka. "Die Säge Des Todes" (literal translation: "The Saw Of Death") of 1981 is a gory slasher from exploitation's most prolific filmmaker - Jess Franco. I personally am a big Jess Franco fan, and it must be said that his repertoire of 180+ films ranges from brilliant ("Venus In Furs", "Count Dracula",...) to poor ("Sadomania"). "Bloody Moon" is not one of his truly great movies, but it is definitely a highly entertaining and gruesome flick that should not be missed by fans of gory European Horror exploitation. For Franco standards, this film does not feature a lot of sleaze, but even more gruesome brutality and graphic gore in exchange.

The movie takes place in a language school in Spain, where a bunch of hot German girls are enjoy the sun, alcohol and sex more than practicing the Spanish language. A maniac is loose in the little Iberian paradise, however. A maniac who enjoys murdering pretty young girls in most atrocious ways...

The movie begins a bit slow, but it gets really nasty and brutal later, and actually becomes quite suspenseful. The performances are, of course, not top-notch, but they're not terrible either, and actually quite good regarding what can be expected from young actresses most of whom never appeared in another movie. Furthermore, I found some of the performances amazingly convincing. Sexy Olivia Pascal fits very well in the leading role, for example. Director Franco also once again has a cameo appearance in the beginning of the movie. The eerie score composed by Gerhard Heinz, who has also composed the scores for a bunch of mainstream productions, is probably the greatest aspect of the film, and makes the whole thing a lot more atmospheric.

All said, "Bloody Moon" is a brutal little slasher that I recommend to my fellow Eurohorror buffs, especially Jess Franco fans should not miss it!


7 of 9 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 35 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Trending TV Series With Prime Video

Explore popular and recently added TV series available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed