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The Deathhead Virgin (1974)

A treasure hunter finds a sunken Spanish galleon off the coast of a Philippine island. What he doesn't know is that the ship is guarded by the spirit of an ancient Moro princess.

Director:

Norman Foster

Writers:

Jock Gaynor (as Ward Gaynor), Larry Ward (as Ward Gaynor)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Jock Gaynor Jock Gaynor ... Larry Alden
Larry Ward ... Frank Cutter
Diane McBain ... Janice Cutter
Vic Diaz ... Mr. Kapunan
Kim Ramos ... Moro Princess
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Butz Aquino Butz Aquino ... Prof. Villarta
Iraidaarambulo Iraidaarambulo ... Maria
Manny Ojeda Manny Ojeda ... Sebastian
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A treasure hunter finds a sunken Spanish galleon off the coast of a Philippine island. What he doesn't know is that the ship is guarded by the spirit of an ancient Moro princess.

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Chained for 100 years in a sunken tomb!

Genres:

Drama | Horror

Certificate:

R

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Final film of director Norman Foster. See more »

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Referenced in Best of the Worst: Our VHS Collection (2019) See more »

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Honestly, people...
14 April 2006 | by GangsteroctopusSee all my reviews

I really don't understand why seemingly everyone who's commented on this film finds it to be so utterly awful. Look, it's no masterpiece - we're talking Filipino horror from the mid-'70s here - but it's a lot more interesting than a LOT of other so-called 'so-bad-they're-good' movies out there.

<>First off, you got '60s hottie Diane McBain in a bikini. Scratch that: several different bikinis. You also have any number of very hot Filipino women also in scanty swimwear, nude and/or wet. Also, there is (real) cockfighting, spear fu and various other forms of tropical debauchery. Not to mention Vic Diaz. Those are the film's exploitation bona fides.

<>Then there's the fact that it's the final directorial credit for Norman Foster, an interesting and underrated auteur ("Journey Into Fear", anyone? And don't tell me Orson Welles directed it - even he vociferously denied this). This films is very professionally put together, well-lit, well-miked, succinctly edited - far more so than a lot of comparable junk of the same pedigree.

<>And then there's it's odd, somewhat lopsided structure, what with the bulk of the first 40 minutes or so given over to a lengthy and involved flashback (I kept wondering what had happened to Diane McBain's character, if she was just a cameo or something) and then the curious denouement (did the Deathhead Virgin just wink at me?). This a highly atypical film, even for shot-in-the-Phillipines exploitation.

<>Ignore the naysayers and check it out if you're inclined.


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Country:

USA | Philippines

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 October 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Deathhead Virgin See more »

Filming Locations:

Philippines

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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