Human Beasts (1972)

Genres - Adventure, Horror  |   Run Time - 90 min.  |   Countries - Japan, Spain  |  
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This Japanese/Spanish co-produced, bizarre mish-mash of genres has hints of everything from The Beguiled to Eating Raoul. Director Jacinto Molina (using the pseudonym "Paul Naschy") plays a mercenary who double-crosses his partner/girlfriend Meiko and gets shot for his troubles. Falling unconscious, he is taken in by a wealthy doctor, Don Simon, who has two beautiful daughters, Alicia and Monica. His recuperation is slow, and in the meantime he is seduced by both daughters and apparently haunted by the ghost of their mother. Then there's a veterinarian who gets bludgeoned by an unseen stalker and eaten alive by pigs. It turns out that Naschy is being fattened up for slaughter by the family, whose members learned cannibalism from their servant Rachel's dad while living in Africa. The ghost turns out not to be a ghost at all, but Don Simon's third daughter, who went mad and would not join the family in their new tastes. She ends up shooting everyone, but not until Naschy has been bled and butchered. This is a very confusing film with some really silly moments, like the jungle drums on the soundtrack whenever there's a close-up of the black Rachel's rear end. It's certainly a change from Molina's usual self-pitying werewolf roles, but whether that's a good thing or not is left to the viewer to decide.

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cannibal, killing, opal, revenge, robbery, weapons