Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Bloody Moon (Severin Blu-ray) - Stone Mill Power Saw Sequence and Other Slasher Hits

Let's just get this off our chest. Jess Franco is getting so much attention it's painful. Painful in that keeping up with all of the releases that are coming out from around the globe might break your bank. A serious collector in this instance must pick and choose his battles wisely. Of course Intervision and Severin Films have been giving Jesus Franco plenty of face time even before his death. They're a name you can trust, and one that I admire greatly for taking risks. While Bloody Moon may not exactly be a risky Franco title, it is the epitome of why we love Franco from gratuitous everything to decadent misery. Perhaps the only thing lacking from this picture is the grace and mercy Jess would often afford the ladies of his lighter, more erotic fare (lighter as in non-homicidal slash and hack... still super sexy).  So Bloody Moon, yet another Video Nasty, has been brought into the spotlight be Severin. It's a keeper.

Synopsis from Severin Films:

As the "body-count" genre stabbed its way into audiences' hearts in the early '80s, EuroTrash auteur Jess Franco (Sadomania, Mansion Of The Living Dead) was asked to create his own saga of slaughtered schoolgirls complete with gratuitous nudity, graphic violence, and gory set pieces. But just when you thought you'd seen it all, Franco shocked the world by delivering surprising style, genuine suspense and a cavalcade of depravity that includes incest, voyeurism and roller disco. The luscious Olivia Pascal of Vanessa fame stars in this twisted thriller that was banned in England yet is now presented uncut and uncensored - including the complete "stone mill power saw" sequence- for the first time ever on Blu-ray!

The transfer is flat out great. Enjoy every bloody sequence. Enjoy the stone mill power saw sequence in its uncut glory. Enjoy every moment of slasher style murder with nearly giallo subplot that nearly doesn't matter because you're too busy staring at the "scene of the crime". Bloody Moon is like a traffic accident involving at least ten separate cars, each smashed to pieces and dripping all matters of fluid on to the screen. The metaphorical equivalent of the engine blocks and trans pans dumping their contents after having been knocked off. Gore on arrival. We brake for blood. There's plenty to guess at and make armchair theories about when discussing the plot and twists, but let's face it. You came here for the moments of insane carnage. There are many and the average horror fan would not be upset with the madness displayed on film that has been so lovingly transferred to Blu.

Yes, you've watched similar movies to this slasher style hack 'em up, but this one promises enough ingenuity practical effects department to keep you entertained. Each kill is fresh. Each women on screen is tremendous and gorgeous. That is how Franco works. He paints in women and red oil with a brush that looks an awful lot like a knife. 

What you have here is an uncut and uncensored edition of a video nasty. No British censor to fuck up your cabbage patch. In addition to this great looking disc you get an interview with Franco himself. Severin doesn't disappoint with this release as Intervision hasn't in prior years. 

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