19 November 2013 | ma-cortes
Spanish terror movie about a young with psychic powers who causes dreadful murders , being directed by the craftsman Jose Ramon Larraz
This horror as well as semi-exploitation movie deals with a young named Sebastian who kills unintentionally . A real chiller in which the involuntary death of Sebastian (Christian Borromeo)'s father engenders in him telekinetic talents . His accidental death wishes seem to carry out terrible accidents , which are impossible to stop . Sebastian is overprotected by his mother (Helga Line who played various films for Larraz) and he is infatuated for her . Later on , Sebastian meets Angie (Alexandra Bastedo), brother's girlfriend , who works at a bookshop . When his older brother (Emilio Gutierrez Caba still nowadays successfully playing) suffers a car crash , he unleashes his fantastic skills and feels that he has caused it . He undergoes hypnosis by a clairvoyant (Irene Gutierrez Caba , sister's Emilio) to control his nasty thoughts but his apparent supernatural powers continue . As his own life nears its end and not being able to avoid his hallucinations , he becomes even more violent and sadistic . Realizing he's been a killer , Sebastian seeks answers , as the young with psychic powers attempts to find out the rare events leading to an old mansion in bloody results which ends in death .
This frightening movie deliberately told contains thrills , chills , suspense and lots of violence and some gore , including obnoxious executions . Jose Ramon Larraz master of arty gore and soft-core , brings this eerie and stylish story plagued with twisted intrigue , mediums , telekinetic powers , nudism and depraved gore murders . This is a Spanish exploitation from American slashers , possession's sub-genre and Brian De Palma , Dario Argento films . As Jose Larraz takes here and there from ¨Palma's Carrie¨ , ¨Palma's The Fury¨ , and the possession's theme about person possessed by old time spectres or ghouls from ¨Michael Winner's The Nightcomers¨ and ¨Don Sharp's Dark places¨. Sometimes weak screenplay is added to well-staged murders and some gory special effects . Strange acting by Christian Borromeo as a young with pathological fears and considerable telekinetic powers which he is unable to control . Pretty good support cast formed by usual actors of the 60s 70s who starred a lot of Spaghetti Western and terror movies such as Craig Hill , José María Caffarel , Antonio Molino Rojo , Annabella Incontrera and special mention to Helga Liné .
The motion picture was regular but professionally directed by Jose Ramon Larraz . The recently deceased (2013) Larraz started in cinema world by casual way when he meets the famous director Josef Von Stenberg running a cinematographic course in Brussels . Larraz was a director of horror and erotic films and former comic book illustrator and fashion photographer. Worked in England as Joseph Larraz, and in Spain, using the pseudonym Joseph Braunstein . As he shot his first movies in England, plenty of horror , suspense and sex , such as ¨Whirlpool¨ (1970) , ¨Deviation¨(1971) , ¨La Muerte Incierta¨(1972) , ¨Scream or die¨(1973) and ¨Symptoms¨ with Angela Pleasence and Peter Vaughan . He also shot soft-cores and then Jose Ramon returns Spain filming horror and semi-exploitative movies such as ¨Estigma¨, ¨Ritos Sexuales Del Diablo¨, ¨Al Filo del Hacha¨ and ¨Descanse en Piezas¨ , imitating the American Slahers of the 70s and 80s . His most successful film was ¨Vampyres¨, played by Playboy young models , blending arty house , horror and erotic situations ; dealing with alluring females vampires coerce unsuspecting motorists to their castle for a good time .¨Stigma¨ rating : Acceptable and passable terror movie .