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4.0 out of 5 stars Horror Rises but then sinks again
The new BCI DVD of "Horror Rises From The Tomb" is a revelation. Fully uncut and in widescreen, the movie has never looked so good. Sadly, while it glows in the glory of stunning picture and sound, the film itself comes up a bit short. But that's not to say it isn't fun. The story involves a medieval warlock named Alaric and his lover who are executed and buried for their...
Published on 8 Feb. 2009 by A. Griffiths

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3.0 out of 5 stars Horror rises but doesn't do a heck of a lot
This Spanish horror film from 1973 shows a lot of promise but fails to deliver the type of movie experience one would expect on the basis of its title. For a number of reasons, I was quite unable to really connect with the story and found myself rather bored at times as the movie progressed. There's just no atmosphere at all here; I don't care about the...
Published on 31 Dec. 2005 by Daniel Jolley


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4.0 out of 5 stars Horror Rises but then sinks again, 8 Feb. 2009
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A. Griffiths "Adrian" (London) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Horror Rises From the Tomb [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
The new BCI DVD of "Horror Rises From The Tomb" is a revelation. Fully uncut and in widescreen, the movie has never looked so good. Sadly, while it glows in the glory of stunning picture and sound, the film itself comes up a bit short. But that's not to say it isn't fun. The story involves a medieval warlock named Alaric and his lover who are executed and buried for their evil crimes. In the present day, two couples, one of whom is a descent of the original wizard, decide to search for the bodies and dig them up (for reasons I cannot quite remember), which of course leads to dire consequences for all. What initially impressed me was the stunning prologue, beautifully filmed on a windswept plain somewhere, but this was immediately followed by a shift into the present day where two modern, beautiful, swinging couples spend far too long having dull conversations and generally wasting running time before the evil ancestor is finally dug up and (surprise, surprise) rejuvenated. Before the re- appearance of the warlock, the film sags miserably, so don't be surprised if you find your attention wandering. I have seen this film twice and on both occasions I lose interest in the film totally during this part.

Things get going again around the halfway mark and things benefit by the appearance of Naschy (again) as Alaric and the statuesque Helga Line as the revived mistress. But the film never really kicks into top gear, and I think this leaden first half is partly to blame. Paul Naschy does his best as usual but none of the four main characters are interesting, and the blonde woman in particular is an appallingly bad actress. And if you're expecting lots of gore filled action, you might be disappointed. A lot of the effects in the film are pretty bad, and many are just "materializations" or hypnosis scenes done with coloured lights. There is a bit of gore, most notably an amazing scene in which Helga Line tears a man's chest open with her fingernails and pulls his heart out (!), and there are a few other fun bits, such as the return of some of the recently murdered victims as undead attackers. This had the potential to be a great highlight of the film, as the dead bodies seem to reside in a lake during the day and rise at night, and the make up for them is truly ghoulish. Unfortunately it's treated in a very throwaway fashion, and because the plot is so weak it doesn't really make that much sense, but at least the film is a bit more exciting during the short sequence when they attack a house.

As the film plods onwards, too much time is spent on the warlock's rather dull ability to hypnotize some characters and make them his slaves. This is obviously a very cheap effect as they just have to walk around menacing each other blankly, although in the case of the hopeless blonde actress it's a positive bonus, as her performance improves immensely once she stops talking! There's also a very weak idea involving an amulet that can repel the evil wizard, and once this is found he switches rather drastically from indestructible to a complete pushover and the film winds up rather rapidly from this point onwards. For all these reasons I find the film ultimately rather unsatisfying, which disappointed me because having only the previously released poor copies of it, I thought the BCI version was going to reveal it's full glory, but it actually achieved the opposite and showed it up as a rather ineffective mish mash of different ideas. There are some great shots and images but the plot and script pretty much undermine all the good visual atmosphere.

The BCI version comes with both Spanish and English soundtracks, but the Spanish one sounds very tinny compared with the full bodied English one, so I stuck with that one, which of course never helps! There's also some bonus material in the form of a gallery and a great collection of alternate "clothed" sequences for a lot of shots, but the main feature itself contains the full nudity versions of all these scenes, so you won't have to feel you are missing anything with the main version!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Horror rises but doesn't do a heck of a lot, 31 Dec. 2005
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Daniel Jolley "darkgenius" (Shelby, North Carolina USA) - See all my reviews
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This Spanish horror film from 1973 shows a lot of promise but fails to deliver the type of movie experience one would expect on the basis of its title. For a number of reasons, I was quite unable to really connect with the story and found myself rather bored at times as the movie progressed. There's just no atmosphere at all here; I don't care about the characters or what happens to them because they simply do not seem real. Our story begins in 15th century France with the execution of a warlock and his mistress. After being called every name in the book (warlock, demon, vampire, Satan worshipper, etc.), the warlock curses his killers just before his head is divorced from his body. His vow to return has to wait four centuries to be realized. Paul, Maurice, and their best girls attend a séance, and Paul asks the medium where he can find the reputed warlock's head and body (which are supposedly buried somewhere on his property). The four friends decide to test the medium's power by searching for the remains in the locations she indicates, so they journey deep into the woods to a remote chalet. The group somehow grows to six people at some point thereabouts, and some pretty bad things begin to happen after a buried chest is discovered. This chest, of course, contains the head of the long-dead warlock, and he soon begins resuming his old ways of making people do his bidding by starting intently at them. Zombies emerge from a swamp, and the housemates in the chalet begin to disappear or fall under the evil influence one by one. Once the warlock gets his feet back under him (literally), he starts popping up everywhere to seduce or kill people. Even though our list of heroes declines steadily over the course of the film, the whole thing gets rather tedious. The bad guys stare at people, and the resulting zombies shamble around aimlessly for the most part. The warlock just isn't evil enough for me to love to hate, and the characters are all pretty expendable in my book.

One serious problem I see with this movie is its annoying tendency to jump around constantly; a scene might start in one place and magically end in another. This allows for no flow whatsoever. Then you have the dubbing into English, which is flat, uninvolved, and thus a liability. There are also logical inconsistencies spread far and wide; the movie can tell you one thing and then disprove its own argument the next. It can't even decide what type of horror movie it wants to be; instead, it draws on any number of genres and themes and tries to force all of them together, hoping this will help make up for the warlock's boring ineffectiveness. There are a lot of little things that bugged me too; e.g., the group arrives at the chalet without enough gas to make their trip home and thus cannot run away when bad things start happening; the warlock magically pushes a door open and then materializes in the room, thereby making the act of his opening the door inane; and he also seems to forget he can dematerialize at will, an affliction that bodes an exceedingly tiresome doom.
But what about the gore this movie is reported to showcase? The goriness of Horror Rises From the Tomb is vastly overstated in my opinion; surely, a few people die at the hands of sharp implements, and several heads are lost in the process, but we don't see much blood at all. The disembodied heads also look quite unreal to my eyes. I would consider this movie rather tame indeed in the blood and guts department. In essence, this movie wanders around in circles, unsuccessfully trying to discover an identity for itself. As such, it never manages to draw the viewer into the story and thus winds up as yet another forgettable horror film from days gone by.
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