- Directed by Alejandro Martí
- Starring George Rigaud, Michael Flynn, Catherine Franck, Frank Braña
- Written by Julio Salvador, Vincent Didier
Love Brides of the Blood Mummy (1973) -- Wonderful Spanish language edition print. Transfered direct from the super rare and long lost IVS Spanish rental label VHS. A highly sought after and very rare movie print indeed.
Heres a real obscurity, which combines sleaze, sexual torture of beautiful women, vampirism, a mad scientist and a revived mummy in a period setting. Despite the title, the mummy does not look Egyptian with his longish black hair, golden quarter shirt and matching skirt. He appears more like an Aztec or other Central/South American Native priest. Hes also not bandaged like the traditional Universal Pictures mummies, but rather perfectly preserved when brought to our mad doctor (Jorge Rigaud). The scientist uses an electrical stimulation device to revive the specimen. The very first action the mummy takes is to suck the blood of a wound the doctors brutish assistant has just suffered. And so it goes... The rest of the film is basically a series of recapitulations. See the mummy torture a beautiful peasant woman with a hot poker, sexually molest her, suck her bloodless and send out for the next victim. Succulently lensed by Raymond Heil [the cinematographer of the infamous LAS RATAS NO DUERMEN DE NOCHE] with a particular sensitivity to the possibilities of early morning light--canary yellows, delicate violets and surging crimsons are delightfully abundant in both the interiors (Spain) and the exteriors (France).
One can perhaps read this as an allegory of sado-masochistic tendencies in gothic science fiction or perhaps a reflection on the insular tendencies of Spanish folklore. Maybe its just a well-filmed sexploitation programmer intended for undiscriminating audiences. The pace drags throughout and Marti doesnt appear to be another Mario Bava, despite his pictorial talents. As far as I can make out this appears to be his last feature film. Rigaud would be a familiar face in numerous Italian giallo mysteries while Brana kept busy as a walk-on-and-get-shot functionary in many Spaghetti Westerns. Julio Salvador and Vincent Didier adapted Didiers story.
Love Brides of the Blood Mummy DVD is offered as a compact edition. This transfer is manufactured on demand and is presented on premium DVD-R with thermal disc print in a clear plastic wallet. Important: This title has been manufactured from the best-quality video master (rated 8/10) currently available and has not been remastered or restored.