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La Mansion De Los Muertos Vivientes
Jesús Franco talks about zombies and
gives us different emotions. For most of the movie, it seems to be in
front of a beach comedy, with many naked women and lesbian softcore
scenes. Then, it looks like a horror movie that doesn’t have
great resources. And finally seems to be struggling with a director,
the great Franco, a little tired. Because of his genius that made us
crazy with many masterpieces, attractive and with a good story and with
his crazy hand behind the camera with his visions, his elegance here
there is little. There are some his cornerstone as the anticlericalism
and the humor, the latter represented by the joke "I cannot sleep if I
do not love."
In addition, the muse and wife Lina Romay here only thirty-one years, seems to have lost her beauty due to
Hairstyle lady of middle age and several kilos in excess. To add that
she is with three other women that has little to say. We would like to
admit that the lack of charm of the actress, counts for nothing with
our judgment, but we are not hypocrites and we admit it: we lack the
extreme beautiful girls that Franco used in his films.
Defects, errors that still remains there, in the head and then turn
into something else, not in strength, but something that makes sense
and that doesn’t not clash with the story.
Because although we have ascertained that there aren’t Franco nor
Romay of the golden years, "The mansion de los muertos vivientes" with
a realization a bit 'poor and the use of "MILF" (or similar), is able
to convey posts of desolation, of decadence, of horror that are the
center and the goal of the film. Thanks also to the location, a giant
hotel in Gran Canaria, where there is no one apart from the four
protagonists, the porter and a gardener. Franco plays well here behind
the camera, shooting long dark corridors, gardens, beaches, and all
empty, in which there are strange echoes.
The protagonists then, have a background a bit 'special, are four maids
of a topless bar of Monaco of Bavaria, (but them doesn’t like
German) that grant a holiday, the first, where they can give the green
light to the many sexual lesbian impulses going around naked most of
In this framework already perceived as uninviting (ok ... someone could
tell us that four maids in search of adventures are very tempting ...)
must be added a convent of friars who is nearby and that is the cause
of violence, but especially that houses the zombies. It's time for talk
about on these living dead, we have to say, are not made well. They
have a white tunic and a plastic mask that should give him a skeletons
look and one of them, a cross between a dead man and a living man, has
a thin rubber mask.
We come back to the story, with all the protagonists that are in this
deserted resort, the classic trap. A place where many centuries before
was the headquarter of the Spanish Inquisition of the area.
Due to a curse by a witch, the friars were imprisoned between the
earthly dimension and the afterlife. As they were those of the Spanish
Inquisition, they did not hesitate, waiting to be released, to continue
their work against sinners. And the tourists open-minded are an
In a slow and sometimes absurd movie especially in the many sex scenes,
Franco reveals his cards, to bring to an end, a bit 'bizarre but works.
Apart Lina Romay we find Mabel Escaño a Spanish actress who
still works a lot, especially on television and Antonio Mayans who
plays the factotum of the hotel, Carlos Savonarola.
As all the reviews of this film reiterate, we do too not to be outdone.
Someone apparently often likened "La Mansion de los muertos vivientes"
with the "Noche del Terror Ciego" by Armando De Ossorio. The two films
apart from the concept of the congregation and the appearance of
skeletal zombies, have absolutely nothing in common.