LAS GARRAS DE LORELEI
Director: Amando de Ossorio
"She will need to devour human hearts to
return to her centuries old dream," the blind man tells the pipe
smoking mayor (Luis Induni). Big Luis sends for Sirgud (Luciano Stella)
who rides around on a motorcycle dressed in a white leisure suit. Better
known as Tony Kendall, Stella is the ladies man who carries around his
high powered rifle as he makes the rounds. The girls fawn over him as he
gives them a little wink.
An anxious bride to be (Betsabe Ruiz) is trying on her bridal dress on the night before her wedding. She is interrupted by her groom (Jose Thelman, the rapist from TOMBS OF THE BLIND DEAD). Brushing him away with worries of "bad luck," the premonition comes true when Ruiz is attacked by a scaly, green amphibian fitted out with sharp incisors. The caped horror claws her heart out in graphic, bloody detail. Then, the credits rolls to the eerie female choral of Abril's equally schizo score, which later turns to funk as was the style in the mid-1970s.
At least this rather imaginative and, at times, touching fantasy has an erotic edge with such human sirens as Loretta Tovar and Silvia Tortosa back at the school for girls. Ms. Tovar is credited as "Lolita" and also shows up in Ossorio's NIGHT OF THE SORCERERS. Silvia Tortosa is a looker in Eugenio Martin's HORROR EXPRESS and Jess Franco's much later ESMERALDA BAY (1989).
Stella had acted
in Bava's incomparable THE WHIP AND THE BODY and kept busy in spy, crime
and horror product of the era. He's an adequate, athletic hero here, but
Line really is the one to watch.