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Horror Rises From The Tomb + The Loreley’s Grasp (1973/74; Deimos/BCI Eclipse/Uncut)


Picture: C+     Sound: C     Extras: C+/C     Films: C+/C



The Deimos division of BCI Eclipse continues to release interesting Horror films from Spain, which began with Night Of The Werewolf and Vengeance Of The Zombies in early 2007, as this review will show:





Carlos Aured’s Horror Rises From The Tomb is one of those films where two people are killed for crimes against humanity centuries ago, only to return as ghosts/zombies and plot revenge.  Since the people who killed them are dead, they go after either their relatives or anyone who happens to live near where they rise again.  For that, it is not bad and enjoyable on a simple level, absent of the pretense it would if made now.  Nudity and blood are more abundant that usual, so that will make genre fans happy.


Amando De Ossorio’s The Loreley’s Grasp is about the title monster stalking and clawing people to death, especially sexy naked women who are not suspecting they will be attacked.  Done with a flatness the other films from this series luckily lacked, it is like an Italian Giallo film with a lack of energy.  The only think that stopped me from falling asleep is how it reminded me of an episode of the color Diana Rigg/Avengers (1967) called The Winged Avenger where someone impersonating a comic hero is slashing victims to death.  Sure, that episode did not have any blood or sexy naked women, but it had a script, sense of humor and did many of the same camera angels with more effectiveness.  Compare the two for fun, but don’t expect much from this film as a stand-alone.



The anamorphically enhanced 1.85 X 1 image on both discs are from new digital High Definition transfers, but there is still some poor detail and softness more often than not, though we would like to compare these to future HD-DVD or Blu-ray versions to see what the issue is.   They are shot with style that will remind one of Hammer films, despite having lower budgets.  The Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono on both discs are available in the original Spanish (which is harsh on Tomb) and English dubs, which tend to have less sound detail than the native tracks.    Extras include Spanish credit sequences, stills, liner notes by Mark Lipinski and original trailers on both.  Tomb also features a Paul Naschy on-camera intro and his participation on the audio commentary track with director Carlos Aured and alternate footage featuring the actors with more clothes on for censorship reasons.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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