Saturday 16 March 2013

DVD review: Blue Eyes of the Broken Doll (1974)

An ex-convict (Paul Naschy), troubled by dreams that he strangles women, is hired as the caretaker on an estate owned by three very strange sisters. Soon after his arrival, a serial killer begins slaughtering blonde, blue-eyed women - leaving their eyeballs in a bowl of water. Blue Eyes of the Broken Doll is written by Paul Naschy and Carlos Aured who also is the director. The acting is decent, the camerawork is beautiful and some of the farmland and mountain scenery are quite breathtaking. The soundtrack is pretty good and very 1970s! Blue Eyes of the Broken Doll is suspenseful with several twists and turns. There is a, in my opinion unnecessary, scene where a real pig is killed which is not for the squemish or politically correct. It´s squealing loudly as they cut its throat, the scene is just repulsive and doesn´t add anything to the flick. There is gore fx but I was kinda surprised that Blue Eyes of the Broken Doll wasn´t gorier, not sure where I got that impression and the fx aren´t very good. There´s a fair bit of T & A in this, especially from Eva León as nymphomaniac Nicole.
Blue Eyes of the Broken Doll is also known as House of Psychotic Women and The House of Doom.
This review is based upon the region 1 DVD release from Bci / Eclipse.
Rating: 3½ out of 7. I did enjoy it but it´s a pretty average thriller. The cinematography is very nice, the plot is suspenseful and it is hard to figure out who the killer is. The scene with the killing of the pig is just repulsive and unnecessary.


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