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3.0 out of 5 stars Lesbos lurching lunch, 19 Feb. 2013
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This review is from: Mansion of the Living Dead [DVD] [1985] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
Hailed as a homage or at least a nod and a wink, to the very spanish Blind Templar films, there is more to this than meets the eye. Admittedly, that eye is leering at the four femmes to begin with, before Franco changes gear (up or down i cannot rightly say) to a haunting historical tale & hints at the Cathar or Templar curses and thus provides an excuse for the cover, the title & other tit-bits.

Now, the opening slow amble is intercut with four gals who are man-hungry, yet behold, in true british farce style, start peeling off and in Franco zoom-bush-a-thon, perform sapphic sonatas with each other. Eventually we learn that the entire resort at which these shenanigans take place is deserted, except for satanic-heavy ex-monks of course. One by naked one, they wander off in true horror-like fashion & the playful haunting moves into creepy, or as near as Franco can be bothered. Ultimately, the shifts in tone, the addition of a subplot (!?) of a slowly deranged naked gal chained up like an animal in one room by one of the dissolute monks, can be trying on the patience. It moves slowly, slower than the Templar films upon which it might be homage or not.

Taken overall the nudity, the tendency to boil everything down to a quick existential hint at what might be, if Franco had a half-decent budget, can be trying for many people. But eventually it seemed, to me, a comment on the very subject that it was hinting at but through a Freudian fog of 'everything revolves around sexual mores'. In other words, Franco has with a limited budget, made a Freudian dreamscape out of what would in a normal human directors hands, have been a horror flick with many, many asides to lesbos. As it is, its a bit slow, a bit daft, full of adult fluffy parts & yet trying to be poetic before it ends. A little too ambling & genre splicing for modern eyes perhaps. The uk print seems to resemble the uncut USA release and is clean and as clear as can be expected, given the spartan milieu.
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2.0 out of 5 stars mansion of rubbish, 3 Aug. 2010
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mansion of the living dead having bought this film i now wish i did not ok there were naked femails so what it did not make much sence to me it was a slow film not much action over all a very poor film
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