Friday 15 March 2013
DVD review: The Night of the Executioner (1992)
First of all I must mention that this is a spanish language DVD release and my knowledge/understanding of spanish is very limited so I´m missing out on a lot of the dialogue.
Dr. Hugo Arranz (Paul Naschy) is celebrating his 50th birthday with his wife and daughter when the vile thugs break in, rape and kill both his wife and daughter and cut off the tongue on poor Hugo. Luckily, he survives, and turns into a vigilante after some training with knives, guns and weightlifting. The Night of the Executioner is written and directed by Paul Naschy. The acting is decent, the camerawork and editing is professionally done. The soundtrack is good. The pacing is very nice and Paul Naschy certainly doesn´t waste any time to get things going, the homeinvasion is nasty and violent and rivals that of Death Wish 2 (1982). There is some gore, the scene where Paul Naschy´s character gets his tounge cut off is graphic, there´s a off screen castration but besides these scenes most of the kills are by gun or knife. Plenty of bloody squibs in this as Paul Naschy´s silent avenger lets his Magnum revolver speak for him. There is T & A, two rapescenes.. the one of the wife is more or less off screen but the rape of daughter is harsh, sleazy and brutal.
The Night of the Executioner is also known as La noche del ejecutor.
This review is based upon the Spanish region 2 DVD release from Filmax Home Video, it´s uncut and spanish language only.
Rating: 5 out of 7. I enjoyed this a lot despite the language barrier. It´s a nasty and violent vigilante flick and I do love the vigilante subgenre. Recommended!