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Author Topic: The Loreley's Grasp / Las garras de Lorelei ( Amando de Ossorio, 1974)  (Read 8459 times)

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Tony Kendall stars as the man hired to protect a girls boarding school from the Lorelei, a mythical creature that appears, tears up its victims and eats their hearts! The head of the school played by the beautiful Silvia Tortosa distrusts Kendall at first and doesn't like him near the girls.

He falls for another woman who it turns out transforms into the Lorelei, even though he loves her he knows he must put a stop to the carnage.

Though not as good as Tombs of the Blind Dead this is a worthy film from De Ossorio and some of the killings are quite graphic (you get to see chests ripped open and hearts torn out!) and there are some really nice atmospheric moments, the film is let down slightly by the creature itself which is really quite laughable but at the end of the day it probably adds to the fun.



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I'm quite a fan of this film and have the special edition you pictured above. I think it's pretty effective for what it is and I even quite like the monster! Kind of reminds me of a cheaper version of Hammer's 'Reptile'.
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The gore is a bit silly but keeps things lively.  Helga Line is very good in her role, and the film has a strange, romantic and haunting quality that lend it a horror / fantasy quality.  I would have liked to see more scenes in the Loreley's liar....a missed opportunity there.
I have the old WHEN THE SCREAMING STOPS tape withthe red flashes that warned viewers of impending gore shots :)
Thankfully these are not part of BCI's excellent DVD.

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It's been a while since I saw it, but I remember it having a nice Lovecraftian vibe.
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This one is one of my favorites . I love the locations and the character of the blind man talking about the legend of lorelei . Also the sexy women . Helga line did alot of great films including black candles .  ::)
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The gore is a bit silly but keeps things lively.  Helga Line is very good in her role, and the film has a strange, romantic and haunting quality that lend it a horror / fantasy quality.  I would have liked to see more scenes in the Loreley's liar....a missed opportunity there.
I have the old WHEN THE SCREAMING STOPS tape withthe red flashes that warned viewers of impending gore shots :)
Thankfully these are not part of BCI's excellent DVD.

I've seen that version.  Besides the BCI disc, I've got the cut UK tape and the uncut but dark and scratchy Dutch tape.

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Released end of March.





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moved to June now :(
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moved to June now :(
Where did you see that?

It was delayed to May a while back, and that's the date I see on every online store.
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Mine is shipping from Diabolik, but have not heard a peep about the quality of this one yet.
Hoping it's not an upcovert of the same master BCI used.  Anyone seen this yet?

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I'v had it about a month or more but haven't opened it yet.
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Avoid, avoid, avoid! It's a nasty up convert; you are much better off sticking with the DVD. German Blu-Rays can be really hit and miss as so many of the cult titles are upconverts or 1080i. I really want the German Blu-Ray release of DEATH FORCE, but I'm waiting for a review before I take the plunge.
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Avoid, avoid, avoid! It's a nasty up convert; you are much better off sticking with the DVD. German Blu-Rays can be really hit and miss as so many of the cult titles are upconverts or 1080i. I really want the German Blu-Ray release of DEATH FORCE, but I'm waiting for a review before I take the plunge.
Bollocks, I'll have to sell it then.
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And I sold my BCI DVD a couple of months ago in preparation. Great news.  :(
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I took a look at mine last night, it looks almost exactly like the BCI DVD,
except it appears to have no day for night tinting.
Maybe the German DVD has no tinting & they just used that one?
 :( indeed
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