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Cries of Terror / Frantic Heartbeat

Spain 1982
produced by
Aconito Films
directed by Jacinto Molina (= Paul Naschy)
starring Paul Naschy, Julia Saly, Paquita Ondiviela, Lola Gaos, Silvia Miró, Manuel Zarzo, José Vivó, Charly Bravo, José Sacristán, Salvador Sáinz, Carole Kirkham
written by Paul Naschy, music by Moncho Alpuente, Servando Carballar

Alaric de Marnac

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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To give his rich wife Geneviève's (Julia Saly) weak heart some rest & relaxation, Paul (Paul Naschy) moves to his parents home in the country with her, that is run by old caretaker Maville (Lola Gaos), a sort of substitute mother for Paul, & her young, wicked niece Julie (Paquita Ondiviela) ... to whom Paul seems to take an instant liking.

Everything goes great for a while, & Geneviève even seems to get better by the hour ... when, triggered by some stories about Paul's direct ancestor, the brutal knight Alaric de Marnac (also Paul Naschy), Geneviève starts seeing things, until eventually one night the knight himself appears to her & frightens her to death ... but it all was just an evil plot that Paul has deviced with the help of Julie to get his hands on Geneviève's money.

Eventually Maville finds out though, & confronts Paul, whom she loves like a son, with her knowledge, only to the next day meet with an accident, caused by a trip wire Paul has carelessly placed in her way ... Mireille (Silvia Miró), a mistress of Paul's who was somehow involved in the whole plan, doesn't fare much better, as Julie brutally axes her when she asks for her share & her man ...

Now it seems, lovebirds Paul & Julie can live happily ever after, & beofre you know it they are married ... but what Paul doesn't know is that Julie has a few plans on her own, & one involves Paul's money, her boyfirend Maurice ... but certainly not Paul ... & soon Paul meets an accident involving a bathtub & an electrical heater ... ouch !

But, to give the story its macabre ending, evil evil knight Alaric just cannot accept that one of his own blood is murdered, & in the end he & his zombies come to get Julia ...

 

Let's get it straight, this film - an inheritance thriller in the tradition of Gaslight or Rebecca, but with zombies tagged on - is not really good, maybe not even one of Paul Naschy's better movies, but thanks to its very straight forward blend of sex, horror & violence, paired with a cast of increasingly wicked characters most of whom just want to get the better of one another at any cost, this does provide some good entertainment on a trashy level.

 

review © by Mike Haberfelner

 

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