Film #320: BLOODY MOON aka DIE SAGE DES TODES aka PROFUNDE TENEBRE aka SAW OF DEATH
Bloody Moon aka Die Sage Des Todes aka Profunde Tenebre aka Saw of Death
2.5 out of 5 stars
Jess Franco (VENUS IN FURS, OASIS OF THE ZOMBIES)… where to begin? Well, in this case, it’s with BLOODY MOON in which the King of Sleaze does a giallo / slasher set in a girl’s language school in Spain. Banned in the ‘80s in the UK as a “Video Nasty,” BLOODY MOON is a tepid little potboiler that is really nothing you haven’t seen before. The murders are suitably gruesome and there’s lots of sexual references, but there’s never really anything to care about by the end. Characters are introduced only to be killed off, even ones where you’re lead to believe are important. The murder set pieces are well handled (and owe a debt of gratitude to the giallo). Score is VERY dated. Initially, Pink Floyd was set to do the music, but I guess that fell through. Acting is stiff and the proceedings are sleazy though, so… Not the worst Franco film (and, if you’ve seen a few, you know they’re their own type), but certainly not the best (is there one?). Worth seeing for those who like this sort of thing, but… most will find this a dated and confusing mess.