The Succubi And The Seven Sinners,
This review is from: THE DEVIL'S NIGHTMARE..UNCUT.. (DVD)!!!WARNING. MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS!!!
During the Second World War, Baron Von Rhoneburg's wife dies giving birth to her child. Upon hearing that the newborn is a girl, the Baron commits the terrible sin of infanticide, stabbing the baby in her crib. Thirty years later, and a group of seven tourists are told that the Baron's castle might give them shelter for the night, as they are unable to find a hotel for the night. The seven are given a warm welcome, and then seven becomes eight when Lisa(Erika Blanc) arrives at the castle seeking shelter.
However, the tourists all face a terrible evil, as a succubi stalks the halls of the castle looking for souls to take as they commit one of the seven deadly sins. Will anyone make it through to the morning and escape from the Devil's nightmare?......
Firstly, I do have an issue with the way this dvd has been marketed. The back cover of the dvd proclaims that this is one of the 'films so bad, that they're good!'. This is terribly unfair, as The Devil's Nightmare is actually a rather good slice of 70's Euro horror, with the usual sprinkling of sex and stylish sequences.
It builds up quite a disquieting mood, and by the time we reach the series of imaginative deaths, it's positively dripping with atmosphere. This is in no small means due to the electric performance from Erika Blanc, terrific as the possessed Lisa.
There is a slight whiff of cheese, especially during the softcore sex scenes, but this is soon forgotten as the horror takes over. The eventual appearance of the Devil(Daniel Emilfork) is especially memorable, as is the revalation regarding the curse of the Von Rhomeburg family.
I'm not sure if this release really is uncut, but it does seem to be slighly longer than previous times I have seen this film. The Internet Movie Database lists the film at 95 minutes, whilst this comes in at slightly over the 90 minute mark. The picture and sound quality whilst not fantastic, are as good as I've encountered for this particular film.
One thing is for sure, and that is 'The Devil's Nightmare' is an excellent example of a stylish 70's horror, a sort of a cross between Ten Little Indians and an old dark house mystery with added horror and sex. It also happens to be one of my favourites, and I can only wish for a remastered version to be released one day. In the meantime, this will do.
The Devil's Nightmare is a film that's so good, it's great!. 5 out of 5.