El jorobado de la Morgue

In House of the Ju-Ju Queen, Paprika Chips on June 3, 2014 at 9:48 pm

Titel: El jorobado de la Morgue (Hunchback of thew Morgue) 
Production: Spain 1973
Director: Javier Aguirre
Cast: Paul Naschy, Rosanna Yanni, Víctor Alcázar
Run Time: 79 min
Circulation: PAL DVDr
Generation/Source: DVD Custom
Language: English, Spanish, German
Subtitles: English


A sjb224 project, adding English subs to the German Anolis release. “Finally we have English subtitles added to the superior Anolis R2 DVD, which I’ve retimed. Many thanks to Turdis for the English subs which were taken from opensubtitles.org. Also thanks to bizon1984 for the original DVD. First subtitle track is the the added subs for the movie. The second subs track is for the Paul Naschy commentary.”

“A hunchback is persecuted and tormented all his life. When a beloved childhood companion dies from Tuberculosis, he cannot get over the shock. A mad scientist capitalizes upon this situation to further his immoral efforts to create artificial life.

Not only is this arguably Naschy’s finest film, this may be the ultimate example of Gothic horror in the hammer tradition. Javier Aguirre, directing the second of his two Naschy films, could well be the finest director Naschy ever worked with (including Naschy himself), and though Naschy is credited with story and screenplay, it is Aguirre who is co-wrote the literate script. The result is not only thrilling and shocking, but almost poetic in it’s examination of alienation, loyalty, the ethics of science. There is a strong Lovecraftian influence, as the doctor claims to have reconstituted a primordial being from the dawn of existence. There is even direct reference to the Necronomicon.

The credits sequence may lead you to infer that you came to the wrong movie: scenic mountain vistas backed by music appropriate for Disney’s Toby Tyler. But drunken revelry, busty bar maids, murder, and gory dissection follow within the next five minutes. Shock after shock continue unabated throughout the film. Certainly there are a few scenes that slow the frenetic pace here and there, only for the next horrific act, image, or atrocity to garner that much more impact.

Though many of the themes are recycled from earlier movies, this film pushed sleaze, gore, and violence to an unprecedented level. The excellent sets, script, and performances combine to make the tableau believable – something that H.G. Lewis, for example, never successfully realized.”


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