THE DEATHHEAD VIRGIN (1974)
Article 2045 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing Date: 10-20-2006
Posting Date: 3-19-2007
Directed by Norman Foster
Featuring Jock Gaynor, Larry Ward, Diane McBain
When a treasure hunter releases a skeleton from a sunken ship, he unleashes a curse that turns him into a murderer and puts his fellow treasure hunter at risk for his life.
This movie has a lame monster (a naked woman wearing a mask), indifferent direction and acting, and an air of cheapness about the production. But if you’re a bit on the patient side and enjoy somewhat offbeat plots (as I do), this one may work well enough for you. It’s one of those movies where you’re never sure where it’s going, and this is especially true about three quarters of the way through, when you think it’s almost finished, but then turns out to have a couple more twists in the works. The Philippine locations also give the movie a nice flavor, though this is really unlike most of the Filipino horror movies I’ve seen. It worked for me, but your mileage may vary.