Monday, November 29, 2010

The Loreley's Grasp (1974)

Amando de Ossorio steps away from his BLIND DEAD series momentarily to deliver this frightful creature feature in 1974's THE LORELEY'S GRASP! Legend tells of a hideous beast, the Loreley, that must set out to kill seven young women and consume their hearts during each full moon in order to return to her youthful slumber. When the legend comes to life in a small village off of the Rhine, it is up to a local hunter to destroy the beast before it disappears once more! Ossorio taps into Lovecraftian lore and mythic tales from the sea in order to bring his seductive siren to life. Unlike in his undead features, which focus on building a terrifying mood and thrilling suspense, LORELEY relies far more heavily on its shocking gore to set up its scares. The beast shreds its victims' skins and rips their beating hearts from their rib cages in graphic detail! One cannot overlook the artistic touch that Ossorio instills in each of his shots, a skill he uses to create a number of atmospheric moments along the riverbanks of the Rhine. Unfortunately, the creature's costume appears to be very cheaply made, and would have been far more effective if it had been left in the shadows. Fans of DAGON and THE LAIR OF THE WHITE WORM are sure to enjoy this lost Spanish gem!

Rating: 7/10.
Gore: 6/10.

If you liked THE LORELEY'S GRASP, check out:
ISLAND OF THE FISHMEN, SHE-CREATURE, DAGON.

5 comments:

  1. Well, it's not that lost, considering I rented it over two and a half years ago, but I get your point.

    Alongside 'Night of the Sorcerers,' it's interesting to see the man's non-zombie Knights Templar work. Both films suffer from low budgets, but still worked for me. Mind you, this one is far less goofy than 'Night.'

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  2. I could never get in to Night, definitely the sillier of the two. Be glad you rented it then, because BCI went under shortly thereafter and there are virtually no copies left out there! Hopefully we see another company acquire their holdings, since so many of the Naschy films fell under their umbrella as well.

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  3. I used to have the VHS of this under the US title of WHEN THE SCREAMING STOPS. It was an okay movie and had some nice shots as you mentioned, Carl.

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  4. Grabbed it for $3.75 over the weekend and it was definitely money well spent, I have a thing for nautical Horror like this, Dagon, and She-Creature. More gore than I ever would have expected though!

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  5. I don't know about availability to buy, but most of the Naschy/Ossorio films appear to still be available to rent via Netflix.

    Mind you, I still can't watch 'Rojo Sangre,' after three different damaged/broken discs of it they sent me. As of right now, it's Out of Print.

    Now we play the waiting game...

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