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Die Säge des Todes (1981)

Not Rated | | Horror, Mystery, Thriller | 17 April 1981 (Spain)
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Girls are killed at a language-school in Spain.

Director:

Jesús Franco

Writer:

Erich Tomek (screenplay) (as Rayo Casablanca)
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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
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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

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


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Country:

West Germany | Spain

Language:

German | Spanish

Release Date:

17 April 1981 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

Bloody Moon See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Jesús Franco was initially told by the producers that Pink Floyd was going to do the score for this film. See more »

Goofs

(spoilers) When Inga is decapitated by the circular saw, an obvious plastic head is used...the mannequin (or whatever the head is really attached to) doesn't even face the saw. Inga looks at it from the side of the slab she's tied to whilst screaming, but as soon as the plastic head comes into the scene, the head faces upwards rather than left or right. 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.
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An Average Mystery Thriller With Average Gory Effects
24 April 2017 | by stephenabellSee all my reviews

Another murder mystery placed under the Horror banner due to the gory content.

This is the story of a twisted and murderous affluent family set in Costa Del Sol, Spain. Miguel's psyche is broken. He is in love with his sister and their love has been consummated, though Manuela has now stopped his amorous attentions; she tell's him their feelings are wrong and that he should go back to the party and enjoy himself. At the party, he picks up a blonde woman and they go back to her room. Unfortunately, when she spurns his advances Miguel picks up a pair of scissors and brutally and fatally attacks the girl.

This opening sequence, while setting the scene and Miguel's character doesn't feel realistic or believable and that is a big drawback to the story and the movie.

Then after just five years in a mental asylum, he is released into his sister's custody. Once again this doesn't make much sense as their incestuous affair should have been the talk of the asylum as this is the supposed cause of his breakdown and subsequent murder spree. It's this and following inconsistencies in the story that make the movie less than it should be. The writer, Erich Tomek, who didn't want to put his name to it so used the pen name Rayo Casablanca, needed to tighten these elements up and the viewer would have gotten a much better film. That said, the twists are pretty good, shame they weren't managed better.

The other thing which lets the movie down is the lackluster direction by Jesus Franco, who has a pretty standard and average style. Again, some differing camera angles and a few artistic shots wouldn't have gone amiss to bring this movie out of its averageness.

The special effects are okay and passable, though not too realistic. The big stone cutting saw sequence is actually let down by how fake the decapitated head is; it's pretty close to being laughable.

If you like gory murder mysteries then you may like this though I wouldn't recommend rushing out to purchase a copy, however, if the chance comes up to watch it you could do worse.


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