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La mansión de los muertos vivientes (1982)

A group of vacationing waitresses visit a resort hotel on the Canary Islands, only to find that the former monastery's monks nearby have returned as living blind dead.


Jesús Franco (as Jess Franco)


Jesús Franco (novel) (as D. Khunne), Jesús Franco (screenplay)

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Lina Romay ... Candy (as Candy Coster)
Antonio Mayans ... Carlo Savonarola (as Robert Foster)
Mabel Escaño Mabel Escaño ... Mabel
Albino Graziani Albino Graziani ... Marleno
Mari Carmen Nieto Mari Carmen Nieto ... Lea (as Mamie Kaplan)
Elisa Vela Elisa Vela ... Caty (as Jasmina Bell)
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A Crazy Jess Franco Experiment!




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Release Date:

18 November 1985 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

Mansion of the Living Dead See more »

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2.35 : 1
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Was released in several countries as fifth part of the "Blind Dead" series, even though there's absolutely no connection to it. See more »


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Candy: Ah, a little hair!
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1 April 2007 | by dragonmaster0303See all my reviews

Well, first things first...

Jess Franco tries, bless him, he really does, but unfortunately the man hasn't had an original thought in his life nor would he know an erotic scenario if it bit him in the arse! (although you can be sure if that ever does happen he'll film it & stick it in a movie!). Before anyone thinks I'm just Franco bashing, I'm not, I've now seen over 60 of his movies so think I've seen enough to have a pretty good idea of what I'm talking about, I even like some!

For anyone not very knowledgeable about his work, the Franco process of film-making seems to go something like this:

1) He sees someone else's film.

2) He quickly rehashes it, adds in some god-awful ugly sex scenes, all of which takes a couple of days and hey presto, a week later the film's released!

And that's about it. I've yet to see an erotic moment in any of his films (though the moments in this one are probably the least annoying of his I've seen) and most of the naked women he's used aren't all that attractive either (although again, to be fair the women in this movie are about the best I've seen in a Franco film), so no real reprieve there.

Personally I prefer it when he leaves out the sex altogether, but even then (as is the case with 'Mansion of the Living Dead') he's so ham fisted in his approach that he generally ruins any element of horror there might've been.

Having said all that, this is still one of my top 10 Franco films, which to be fair says a whole lot more about his other films than it does this one as it's at best only decidedly average!

As a side note, on the region 1 DVD release of this Mr Franco has some very derogatory comments to be made about a certain George A. Romero which I have to say are completely out of order, not to mention contradictory (his comments about them being slow!), especially when you consider the movie Franco was rehashing here was 'Tombs of the Blind Dead' - itself a (great) movie which would never have existed had Romero not redefined the zombie, moved it into modern times and made it into what it still is today! And that's without even getting into comparing the talent of the two men, which is never going to be in Franco's favour! It basically just sounds like sour grapes, as Romero had something which still eludes Franco today - an idea!

Shame on you Jesus!

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