"Le Sadique Baron von Klaus"

Le Sadique Baron von Klaus (1962) originally La Mano de un hombre muerto in Spain, and The Sadistic Baron von Klaus in English speaking countries, is an early Jess Franco gothic horror in black and white featuring a then very controversial dungeon nude torture scene featuring Gogó Rojo. This was Argentine born Rojo's premier film -- the first of 14. She shows her breasts for most of the extended scene, and her buns as well. The young baron is told by his dying mother to destroy his father's dungeon, and then to leave with his fiancee and escape the family curse. He, instead, falls victim to the curse, and begins torturing and killing young women.

The acting and score feels more like a staged melodrama (I was tempted to boo and hiss), but does show that, even in 1962, Jess Franco was willing to show graphic nudity and violence. Visually, the film was reminiscent of the work of Jean Rollin, with castles and dungeons, symbolic icons, and an unhurried pace. The plot is suggestive of a Giallo. The French release contained the entire dungeon scene, while the English and Spanish versions were completely neutered. In a refreshing reversal of form, the edited version of the dungeon scene on this DVD is the one in the deleted footage. The French dubbing is not at all good. They even failed to synchronize a clock tick with a clock pendulum. I found the score distracting. IMDb lists this under the Spanish title and credits it as a Spanish film, but my guess is that Franco filmed it in Germany, partially with French money. The dungeon scene is far too explicit for 1962 Spain. IMDb readers have it at 5.1. This film is chiefly of interest to Jess Franco fans, and Euro Shock completeists. C-.

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