aka The Faceless Monster, Night Of The Doomed, Orgasmo, Gli Amanti d'Oltretomba/”Lovers From Beyond The Tomb”
Director “Allan Grünewald”/Mario Caiano Writers Mario Caiano, Fabio De Agostini
Cast Barbara Steele (Muriel/Jenny Arrowsmith), Paul “Miller”/Muller (Dr. Stephen Arrowsmith), Helga Liné (Solange), Lawrence Clift (Dr. Dereck Joyce), “John McDouglas”/Giuseppe Addobbati (Jonathan), Rik Battaglia (David)
A veteran of arthouse films like Fellini’s 8 1/2 (1963), British actress Barbara Steele had the fortune (or misfortune, if you’re Barbara) to star in not one but two groundbreaking Sixties horror films - Mario Bava’s Black Sunday (1960) and Roger Corman’s The Pit And The Pendulum (1961). It was a combination of her striking looks, wide expressive eyes and her ability to contort her beautiful features into a mask of agony that made her face alone a horror icon. Unfortunately for her (but fortunately for us) she was typecast in a string of Continental shockers throughout the Sixties: The Terror Of Dr Hitchcock (1962), The Long Hair Of Death (1964), Terror Creatures From The Grave (1965), An Angel For Satan (1966).
Enter Muriel’s pretty yet innocent, trusting and feeble-minded stepsister Jenny (also Steele in a blonde wig) who has inherited Muriel’s fortune. Dr Stephen has married her and intends on driving her insane; but it looks like the vengeful spirits of Muriel and David have got to her first. What follows are seemingly endless patches of stilted dialogue punctuated with Lynchian dream sequences of plants dripping blood, wonderfully overblown organ music by none other than Ennio Morricone, and a firey finale that ranks amongst the finest moments of Italian gothic.
Director Mario Caiano makes the most of his micro-budget with some intriguing sets and a compact and competent cast of battle-worn horror performers. Even the washed-out black and white print that looks like it has one foot in the grave adds to the weirdness of the proceedings. Ladies and gentlemen, the Italian horror micro-classic
aka La Figlia di Frankenstein, Madame Frankenstein, Daughter Of Frankenstein
Directors Mel Welles, Aureliano Luppi Writers Umberto Borsato, Edward Di Lorenzo, Egidio Gelso, Aureliano Luppi, Dick Randall, Mel Welles
Cast Joseph Cotten (Baron Frankenstein), “Sara Bey”/Rosalba Neri (Tania Frankenstein), Paul Muller (Dr. Charles Marshall), Mickey Hargitay (Captain Harris)
And now to a novel and, thanks to relaxed censorship, increasingly perverse interpretation of the Frankenstein story, in which the Baron is replaced by his daughter, a liberated product of the Swinging Seventies. The 1870s, that is.
American character actor-turned-director Mel Welles was a Roger Corman regular (Attack Of The Crab Monsters, Little Shop Of Horrors) before leaving for
She stumbles on her father’s first experiment in reviving the dead - a mangled creature with a bung eye and the brain of a hanged criminal (all that’s missing is a sign on the jar saying “Abby Normal”) who goes hogwild and crushes the Baron to death. Without batting a perfect eyelash, she starts work on a scond creature - transplanting the brain of her pitiful would-be suitor, the Baron’s devoted and spineless assistant Charles (Paul Muller from
Lady Frankenstein’s kinky redux was a huge hit in