The Hanging Woman (1972)

Genres - Horror  |   Sub-Genres - Period Film  |   Run Time - 91 min.  |   Countries - Italy, Spain  |   MPAA Rating - R
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Spanish horror hack Paul Naschy (aka Jacinto Molina) plays a goofy supporting role as a deranged gravedigger in this quirky period variation on the zombie motif, set in a small highland village in (presumably) 19th century Scotland, where a stranger's arrival to claim an inheritance is met with apocalyptic visions (including the swinging female corpse of the title) and other evil omens. The town unearths a crypt full of horrors, including a devil-worshipping coven and throngs of the living dead who show up en masse for the standard gory climax. The Hanging Woman is one of Naschy's more interesting efforts, thanks to some lush settings, good photography, and period detail (rather uncommon for the Euro-zombie subgenre), and Naschy's performance is one of the film's highlights. This film is also known as Beyond the Living Dead.

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zombie, afterlife, cemetery, crypt, devil-worship, gravedigger, hanging, inheritance, investigation, mad-scientist, maniac, mystery [unexplained phenomenon], omen, stranger, town, vision [mystical], obsession