In the seventies, Italy was experiencing a great deal of financial success with their Italian gialli. Spain decided to market their own brand of gialli. One such movie was "Blue Eyes of the Broken Doll." It was also known as "House of Psychotic Women," which is a more appropriate title.
Spanish horror icon, Paul Naschy, stars as an ex-convict who finds work as a handyman at a gothic farm house where three sisters live. One is a nymphomaniac, another is confined to a wheelchair, and another has a horribly burned and disfigured hand she hides in a glove. The handyman is plagued with visions of strangling a woman. Soon after his arrival, a nurse is strangled while on route to the farm house to care for the crippled sister. Her mysterious replacement is a beautiful, blonde woman with blue eyes. In the nearby village, an assailant wearing black gloves begins hacking to death beautiful blonde women and removing their blue eyes. If that isn't complicated enough, the former handyman attacks and stabs the new handyman before disappearing.
The killer's victims are dispatched in gruesome and creative means usually involving sharp instruments such as knives, meat cleavers, and a rake. The identity of the true killer remains a mystery until nearly the very end after most of the main characters have been murdered. Also, the killer's motive was unique. It wasn't the usual "I'm punishing these women for their sins." Speaking of sins, I'm thankful the killer isn't a Catholic priest; there isn't a priest in the movie.
"Blue Eyes of the Broken Doll" reminded me of another Spanish slasher, and one of my favorite horror movies, "The House That Screamed." Someone at a girl's boarding school is killing students, who try to run away, and removing body parts from them.
The farmland and mountain scenery of "Blue Eyes of the Broken Doll" are beautiful and well photographed. I just wish its presentation had been widescreen instead of full.