HORROR RISES FROM THE TOMB (1972) Reviews and overview

  

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‘Lust has never been this terrifying!’

Horror Rises from the Tomb is a 1972 Spanish supernatural horror film directed by Carlos Aured (The Mummy’s Revenge; Curse of the DevilThe Blue Eyes of the Broken Doll) and starring Jacinto Molina – better known as Paul Naschy

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The film introduced Naschy’s character of Alaric de Marnac, an executed warlock who returns to life centuries later to wreak his revenge. De Marnac later returned in a belated 1982 sequel, Panic Beats.

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Reviews:
“The dubbing is awful, the story is all over the place and the editing is often choppy in this hard-to-follow, disjointed Spanish horror effort, but Tomb is still entertaining, stylish, fun and has a lot to offer diehard Euro-horror buffs.” The Bloody Pit of Horror

“For a sleazy derivative Gothic-exploitation movie, it is excellent, never going more than five minutes before offering some exciting event or image. While no single scene draws everything together, many small and medium thrills come along the way. Spooky understated organ and overcast wintery mountains help build atmosphere.” David Elroy Goldweber, Claws & Saucers

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“The entire film contains the look and feel of a nightmare. There are long stretches with little to no dialog allowing the music and sound effects to create an unsettling mood. As with most of the man’s films, it’s not technically a great movie, but the atmosphere takes hold maintaining the viewers interest.” Cool Ass Cinema

“Nothing groundbreaking genre-wise (a sacred religious emblem is used to fight off the evil doers, a visit from the walking dead is strictly inspired by George Romero, etc.), but this has Naschy (in multiple roles, no less!) at his best, bloody gut-extracting effects that pre-date Tom Savini’s by years, and more beautiful woman on display (in various states of undress) than you could possibly ask for.” DVD Drive-In

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El espanto surge de la tumba has its crudities and a few outright absurdities, but Aured’s spirited staging – and the deliciously diabolical combination of Naschy and Liné – make it arguably Naschy’s most entertaining vehicle of all, a small classic of fantaterrorífico Español.” Jonathan Rigby, Euro Gothic: Classics of Continental Horror Cinema

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“There are some great shots as always from director Carlos Aured, including a beautiful death scene with bright red blood flowing down a bank into a running stream. Add some real sadism and perversity going on and it’s enough to keep any fan happy.” Mad Mad Mad Mad Movies

“It’s pretty much your typical Euro-horror film, as it’s filled with gothic overtones, gore, and eroticism (which means bush–lots of bush). I don’t think anyone will ever mistake it for being the best-made film ever, but it’s certainly not bad. In the least, it’s so bizarre that you can’t help but be intrigued by it.” Oh, the Horror!

“Naschy is typically good in his duel role, lending an air of dignity to his protagonist and a serious amount of menace to his evil Alaric antagonist. All cloaked in black and sporting some truly devilish facial hair, Alaric slashes his way through the cast with all of the seductive flair fans associate with Naschy.” Rock! Shock! Pop!

“A sensationalistic exploitation gut-churner that wears its excess proudly on its tit and gut-smeared sleeves, this is one of Naschy’s most repulsing, outlandish works. If the storyline is often uneven, and the plot includes enough material for three movies, this excess is precisely what makes it work as a horror story of epic proportions.” SGM

“Naschy is good in his double-duty stint here (playing both the mad warlock and his hapless relative Hugo); gory highlights include a vicious heart-ripping, several neck slashings, an odd garrotting or two. Not to mention the enjoyable ending which caps this fun midnite corker.” The Terror Trap

Horror Rises from the Tomb has an Everything But the Kitchen Sink approach to it that I sorta dug.  This movie features everything from vampires to witches to an all-out zombie attack. Plus, there’s a random scene in the middle of the flick that plays like a slasher movie where a crazed maniac hacks up a bunch of girls in an empty house using a sickle.” The Video Vacuum

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Original title:
El espanto surge de la tumba

Fun Facts:
The film was also released in the US on DVD with the cover title Mark of the Devil 4: Horror Rises from the Tomb.

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