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Gavin Schmitt

  1. Blu-ray Review: "Blue Eyes of the Broken Doll" (1974)

    An ex-convict, 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 - and leaving their eyeballs in a bowl of water.

    This film was co-written by Naschy and director Carlos Aured, allegedly loosely based on a true story of a doctor in the 1800s. Naschy himself felt that this was "the best film of those directed by Carlos Aured." ...
  2. Blu-ray Review: "Vengeance of the Zombies" (1973)

    An Indian mystic (Paul Naschy) uses magical chants to raise women from the dead, then sends them out to perform revenge killings for him.

    As with many (most?) of Naschy's films, he wrote his own script. In other reviews, you might see people complain about the mix of voodoo and Hindu mysticism, which are two very different, unrelated things. And while that may be a fair critique, it distracts from a bigger point: it does not matter, so long as the movie is enjoyable. (When Naschy ...
  3. Blu-ray Review: "Horror Rises From the Tomb" (1973)

    In the Middle Ages, a man is hanged for performing an incredible long list of Satanic acts. He is hanged and his body is buried away from his head. In the future (the 1970s), the new owner of the land is a skeptic and does not believe in psychics. So he attends a séance, and then to disprove that she spoke to the dead sorcerer, they seek out the head where she claims it was buried. This, of course, is a bad idea.

    This is the first of many collaborations between Naschy and director ...
  4. Blu-ray Review: "Human Beasts" (1980)

    A hit man working for the Yakuza double crosses his employers and flees with a cache of diamonds from the latest heist. Injured and hiding in the mountain regions of Spain, with Japanese assassins in hot pursuit, he takes refuge in the home of a local doctor and his two daughters, who nurse him back to health and hide him from his pursuers.

    Mirek Lipinski writes that this film is "one of Naschy's most intimate cries that something was wrong with humanity." Naschy himself ...