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Hanging Woman, The (La orgia de los muertos) - Troma - DVD Print E-mail
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Written by Jay Creepy   
Wednesday, 23 May 2012
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AKA: La orgía de los muertos, Beyond the Living Dead, Dans les orgies macabres, Der Totenchor der Knochenmänner, Die Bestie aus dem Totenreich, Dracula the Terror of the Living Dead, Kobieta wisielec, L'orgia dei morti, Les orgies macabres, O stratos ton vrykolakon, Return of the Zombies, Terror of the Living Dead, Hanging Woman, The Orgy of the Dead, Zombie 3: Return of the Living Dead, Zombis återkomst

Directed by:
José Luis Merino
Written by:
Enrico Colombo, José Luis Merino
Produced by:
Ramona Planta
Cinematography by:
Modesto Rizzola
Editing by:
Sandro Lena
Music by:
Francesco De Masi
Cast :
Paul Nashy, StelvioRosi, Gerald Tichy, Pasquale Basile, Maria Pia Conte
Year:
1973
Country:
Spain/Italy
Language:
Spanish (English Dubbed)
Color:
Color
Runtime:
1 h 31 min

Distributor: Troma

 

Paul Naschy is a hardcore horror legend to me.  He is such a cult figure that only a few people know that he made more than just joke shop werewolf films.  In fact, he made lots of films; vampires, zombies, hunchbacks and cemeteries are all heavily featured in a majority of his movies.  The guy was a workhorse.  For further info type his name into your search engine and go beyond Wikipedia please.  He should not be remembered simply for old tape releases with bad covers!

Here’s to another Naschy epic, “The Hanging Woman” (aka: “La Orgia De Los Muertos”).  Where to start?  Our opening shot is of a funeral, whilst a Goth-like girl prowls around.  Loud music plays and a bearded Paul Naschy bites his nails.  When a storm begins, the mourners scamper away leaving the priest, who after hearing a scary noise performs the most unbelievable run away in film history, with an umbrella.  Trust me, it’s solid gold.  The Goth girl lets herself into the crypt and is killed by an unseen creature that snarls like a dog.  Meanwhile, Serge Chekof (Stelvio Rosi as Stan Cooper) is a stranger in town, who wanders around a bit then heads for the cemetery.  It turns out he’s arrived to claim his inheritance from the dead man.  “I have no fear of the dead; as for the living…” he states, shows a gun, and then proceeds past the cemetery.  After hearing noises from the dark, he ventures in, and proclaims “If you’re not a spirit now, you soon will be.” His lines are simply amazing.  He finds the Goth hanging from a tree, and right on cue, the title flashes onto the screen to spoon-feed us.

Looking for help, he meets Ivan and family who happen to be related to the girl.  The crime is reported and a standard crimson autopsy follows.  A pipe smoking Inspector with a pervert beard arrives to smirk at everyone.  Naschy, let’s not forget him, spends a lot of the film being chased around the graveyard almost Benny Hill style for being called Igor (again), and for being a necrophiliac gravedigger.  He even has a box of used knickers!  “The scum” comments the Inspector; Paul Naschy is his number 1 suspect.  Perhaps the weirdest thing in this movie is the announcement of the Goth girl’s cause of death; the cast have been discussing a possible murder when they find out she died of a heart attack BEFORE being hanged, ruling out foul play until a comment about fear in her eyes.  So, corpses just go about hanging themselves for a laugh around there...

The film has a great old gothic feel, and for the first half can be mixed into the giallo genre.  Then it suddenly changes into something else with elements of magic, spirits, and a few rather creepy zombies similar to the ones in “Horror Express” (those ones scared me as a kid, trust me). There’s brief gore, including a nifty beheading with Argento-like bright blood, and a lot of zombie action, including Naschy walking around with a big knife fixed into his chest.  The trouble is that the film is just so dull; the cast are bland and Euro hairy and the plot muddles itself so badly it cries in a corner.

La Orgía de los Muertos,” a Spanish/Italian production directed by José Luis Merino, has had many titles – “Orgy of the Dead,” “Beyond the Living Dead,” “Return of the Zombies,” and Troma has released it as “The Hanging Woman.”  The disc also has a bonus film called “The Sweet Sound of Death” (after five minutes of this, my eyes simply refused to watch more, threatening to blind me forever, but it did have a b/w Something Weird Video feel to it).  Extras are lacking Lloyd Kaufman and his usual antics with Toxie and nude women; instead, we have cast interviews and a 10-minute overview of Paul Naschy’s career.  In Naschy’s interview, he clearly doesn’t like the film, but points out he wrote in the more interesting elements, i.e. zombie Igor and necrophilia.

Can I be unfair to the memory of Paul Naschy, and simply say don’t waste your time with this movie?  It isn’t up there in the ranks of say “Horror Rises from the Tomb” or “Werewolf Shadow,” but has one or two interesting ideas dotted about.  Perhaps if it had been better written, directed, acted, and scored… hang on, that’s not leaving much in its favour is it?  Well, the zombies are cool and there is some fun to be had.

Troma’s DVD extras include a bonus feature film, “The Sweet Sound of Death” (B&W; 1965), a featurette on Naschy entitled ‘Naschy 101,’ and an interview with Naschy.  There is also an interview with English ADR/dubbing veteran Ben Tatar, an interview with director Merino, and a commentary track with the director.  The Merino interview/commentary and the Naschy interview are in Spanish with English subtitles.  A theatrical trailer and image gallery round out the release.

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DVD Screenshot for "The Hanging Woman" (aka:  "La orgía de los muertos") on Severed Cinema

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 DVD SPECS:
 Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1 Fullframe
 Region: NTSC R0
 Audio: Dolby Digital Mono


 SUPPLEMENTAL MATERIAL:
 - "The Sweet Sound of Death"
 - Interview with Paul Naschy
 - Interview with Director José Luis Merino
 - Commentary by José Luis Merino
 - Interview with Ben Tatar
 - Paul Naschy 101 Featurette
 - Original Theatrical Trailer
 - Photo Gallery

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