Released theatrically in the U. This Spanish-Italian co-produced Giallo belongs to the more obscure outings of the cult genre. For a giallo, the film oddly does not linger too much on the more fleshy vices of its victims, but that is perhaps in keeping with the Spanish genre practice of shooting covered and uncovered versions of scenes for censorship purposes, keeping such scenes short and self-contained for easier editing. Dragonfly For Each Corpse, A Year: Director: Stars: , , , , , , , , , , , , Genre: , , Rating: 5 from 1 vote Review: Hispanic horror stalwarts and actor-screenwriter Paul Naschy - a. Optional English subtitles are also provided. Euro-horror vamp Erika Blanc is initially wasted in a cutesy role until she turns detective whilst studying clues naked in bed!. The case proves to be a very difficult one, but, luckily, Scaporella lives with his girlfriend Silvana, whom he discusses the case with at great detail, and she is quite the amateur sleuth, helping him to move the investigation forward with her intuitive ideas.
Both tracks are a bit hissy and scratchy, being derived from optical tracks that were probably about as well-preserved as the image track. His police career has been in the doldrums lately, presumably because he can't interrogate a suspect for more than five minutes without beating the living shit out of him. He then kills a prostitute with a spiked umbrella to the stomach, and then, to cap it off, he hacks up three drugged up hippies with an axe. Married Claudia is having an affair with playboy Armando, whose own wife Ingrid is carrying on with the aforementioned transvestite drug-trafficking clown. The body count is surprisingly high, although they are not as graphic as in some other Gialli. Everything happens off screen with some splashes of blood here and there. Saying all that though, I really love his film A Dragonfly for Each Corpse.
The yeti is such a McGuffin that upon first viewing one actually forgets that it is responsible for the opening deaths what with the title sequence consisting of shots of Naschy's werewolf lunging at camera long before he is bitten and popping up again at almost the last minute for a battle considerably less exciting that what came before. Often with axe, knife and one very dangerous umbrella. Most of Naschy's best work was directed by Leon Klimovsky, and this particular effort is a real change of pace for the pair of them. The murders continue apace, the most eye-popping being when a prostitute is hired by a client to play dead in a coffin, but the killer appears and hacks her to pieces while she is still in the coffin. The booklet goes some way towards making up for the feeling of a certain lack of enthusiasm on the part of Shout! The storyline is not unfamiliar to fans of the genre.
His bewitching wife Georgelle Argentinian model Norma Sebre employs the services of an alchemist Simon de Braqueville Eduardo Calvo again who requires of him the blood of young maidens to spin glass into gold. Antonio Mayans appears here in another supporting role. Paul Naschy has never been one of my favourite Euro-actors for a number of reasons. The solution to the mystery is really no more muddled than many of the middle-ground Italian examples. Quick links to contents: Leave a Reply This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. The violence is luridly staged and is well over the top, the dialogue is amusing, and Naschy is far more tolerable than usual. A weakened Waldemar stumbles upon a cave temple guarded by two comely sisters who seduce him.
Astro co-production also stars , Ángel Aranda, María Kosty and Ricardo Merino. Enter Inspector Scaporella Paul Naschy. A Dragonfly for each Corpse is a great thriller, albeit one that contains amusing dubbing and some horrendous seventies fashions, the finest item of retro-clothing being the killers bright orange flares and Naschy's ladies pinny that he wears whilst doing the dishes! They also provide plenty of the usual biographical and filmography information on the Naschy regulars onscreen as well as their other contributions to the genre. A maniac who leaves behind a small glass dragonfly on each corpse. As screenwriter Naschy is dwells on a theme that the haute bourgeois are wanton hedonists who basically deserve what they get. Especially the identity of the killer doesn't convince very much, his or her motive as arbitrary as the maniac's identity. And the more people die, the more clues lead the investigating inspector to believe that the killer is a mutual friend of his wife and himself.
John suspects that Richard, who has just returned from Africa, is responsible for involving Leila in sex, drugs, and possibly Satanism, and appeals for help from family friend Reverend Adrian Dunning Naschy who conjectures that Leila's rebellious behavior is normal for a girl her age. Other extras include the Spanish opening titles 0:54 and Spanish end credits 1:17 , as well as the Spanish theatrical trailer 2:56 which is missing its audio, and a stills gallery 2:05. They cover the anecdote that inspired the character and whether Gotho is more villain than hero, and the fine line that Naschy as writer and star walks throughout the film in regard to that distinction. When even this doesn't work, he goes to dinner parties with his girlfriend and their friends, openly discussing the finer points of the case with them. Another is that he is a dead-ringer for my uncle, and seeing as though my Uncle wasn't shagging all kinds of gorgeous Euro-totty during the seventies, I find it a bit difficult to believe that this short, barrel shaped big-mustachioed ex-bodybuilding Spaniard had quite as much luck with the ladies as he would have us believe! Besides Mills' heroine, the film does feature more assertive female characters than mere eye candy, from Wandesa's sadist to the Princess Ulka Ana María Mauri who was grabbed by Khan's bandits and puts the silver dagger given to Sylvia to alternative use and then fearlessly leads the other escaped women in an effort to settle a score with Wandesa.
The film is not a typical Spanish production, in that it is a slavish copy of the Italian gialli of the seventies. Also, some scenes with the inspector investigating are merely brought in to include fight scenes or nude scenes instead of pushing the plot forward. On the way back to Bristol, the two are involved in a car accident whereupon Leila starts behaving strangely, trying to strangle Richard after he pulls her from the wreckage and cursing out her mother Lady Patricia Maria Perschy again , older sister Deborah Maria Kosti again , and half-brother John Joan Llaneras at the hospital. The film's premise is quite interesting, although not too original. Not sure about that at all Paul, my deluded Iberian chum! At the scene of every murder he leaves the titular blood stained dragonfly on the victim's bodies as a bizarre calling card. The only clue is an haute couture button clutched in the victim's hand which suggests the killer is a woman or wearing a woman's coat. Since Gaston's father Armand is on the side of those who oppose Lancre, Georgelle advises Lancre to have the man killed and then tries to take matters into her own hands when he refuses.
Of course with General Franco still on the scene a Barcelona-based bloodfest was out of the question hence Una libélula para cada muerto A Dragonfly For Each Corpse is set in Milan. As with some of the other Naschy genre efforts, second-string hero Winner is on hand to take care of Naschy's love interest when he makes his redemptive sacrifice, which has the side effect of splitting the lead female role into two roles that offer the dependable Yanni and Perschy little to do but run around corridors screaming. Small dragonflies made of wax or something like that are left on the bodies of the victims. Please support us by buying via Amazon links and not blocking ads on our site. The dynamics of the family are relatively complex, and it is easy to interpret Leila's early rebellious behavior in light of the behavior of John — who is so self-righteous that one suspects that he is a hypocrite, and that there is an underlying motive of jealousy and cruelty however right he is about Leila's clandestine activities — possible jealousy of her more popular older sister, and the overbearing attention of her mother who is concealing a lot of stress from her children. Plot: A killer is cleaning up the streets of Milan by murdering those considered to be deviant. Euro-horror vamp Erika Blanc is initially wasted in a cutesy role until she turns detective whilst studying clues naked in bed! Having said that it is its earthiness which makes it interesting.
They conjecture that Naschy had a few scripts ready to go at a moment's notice as funding became available but are uncertain as to whether Naschy and Aguirre would have made the film next had it not been for the accident, and are of the opinion that this is the more successful and persuasive venture. Nevertheless, the murder scenes are quite nasty. He follows and kills a drug-addict, dispatching him with a large-handled sword. Escaping back to the Malebranche castle where he finds himself recruited as the new leader of the bandits by his own sister Graciela Graciela Nilson when their previous leader is tortured and killed by Lancre. Now, I'm not sure exactly what Italian police procedure was in the seventies, but I suspect that revealing vital parts of the investigation to all and sundry was not part of it! This is also one of the more fast-paced Naschy films, affording Naschy just enough time to agonize about his curse before he has to rescue his friends he even considers that the curse might actually help him fight Wandesa and Khan.
The only extras are the Spanish and English export trailers 6:57 , as well as the Spanish opening 1:10 and closing credits 1:46. And for good measure, there is also a gang of thugs wearing Nazi-style clothes! Most people involved in the making were Spaniards, and it has never got a release in Italy, which is unique for a film of that kind. A disclaimer before the menu screens on all five discs in the set says that Shout! Scaporella is cast as a style tough guy, barely restraining his outrage while he trawls through the underworld. Of course Naschy ensures she still plays damsel in distress throughout the rather perfunctory climax. When revitalized Waldemar comes to, he discovers the pair feasting on Joel's remains; however, they are no mere cannibals, they are werewolves, and Waldemar is bitten while fighting them off. Unbeknownst to him, Georgelle and Simon have resorted to trickery to convince him of the alchemist's abilities with necromancer Simon providing a disembodied voice the death's head that assures him of his ascent to the throne. Eschewing the supernatural in favor of some poorly choreographed swashbuckling that really could have used some handheld coverage to make it seem more dynamic , the film presents Lancre as suffering from epilepsy and seemingly post-traumatic stress syndrome as well as being a sadist it seems to matter little that he ravishes his virginal sacrifices before strapping them down to the altar.