Sunday, November 1, 2009

A Bell From Hell (1971) aka La Campana del Infierno aka La cloche de l'enfer

4 / 5 Oct '09
Tagline: N/A
Directed by: Claudio Guerin
Written by: Santiago Moncada
Actors include: Renauld Verley., Viveca Lindfors, Alfred Mayo
Genre: Horror
Length: 106 minutes
Banned: Nope
Country: Spain/France

This is so close to brilliant that it's scary! The story is rather intriguing, a young man leaves a mental asylum to go back to his aunt and his cousins. He seems to have a strange (potentially romantic) inclination towards his cousins and his Aunt acts rather oddly as well. Of course as the story progresses we find out that things aren't as they appear and that our lead character may not be as looney as we think. The character is actually really charismatic (despite the fact he's a rather strange prankster), and I was actually rooting from him from square one. This is a Spanish picture that gives off the La semana del asesino [Cannibal Man] vibe, it's just not quite as rewarding. It's like you know you aren't being told everything so I was glued to the screen in anticipation throughout the entire film. Oddly the directed died on the last day of shooting falling from a large bell tower which makes this all the more mysterious! It's a great little horror film that rarely gets mentioned, it's just too bad that with a slight bit of tweaking this could have been freakin' amazing. Still a definite gem worthy of discovery!

Availability:  On DVD

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