THE BLUE EYES OF THE BROKEN DOLL (1974)
aka Los ojos azules de la muneca rota, House of Psychotic Women
Article 4874 by Dave Sindelar
Directed by Carlos Aured
Featuring Paul Naschy, Diana Lorys, Eduardo Calvo
What it is: Spanish giallo
An ex-convict vagabond takes a job in the house of three disturbed women. Shortly after that, blue-eyed blonde women start being murdered in horrible ways.
For the second day in a row I find myself in the realm of Spanish horror. This is Paul Naschy’s attempt at a giallo, and though director Carlos Aured doesn’t quite have the stylistic panache of the Italian masters of genre, he certainly isn’t afraid to supply a plenitude of bloody mayhem. The script is a bit of a mess, and it spends too much time dwelling on characters who are obvious red herrings, and I have to admit that for most of the movie, I was expecting to write a very negative review. Yet, in the final analysis, I think the movie works. Why? It’s because it really does supply one humdinger of an ending, one that is quite outlandish and gruesome, and the fact that it is also unbelievable doesn’t seem to matter as much. The ending pulls the movie out of its bloody doldrums and gives you something to remember about it. However, I doubt that animal lovers will find much to love here, especially in an unnecessary scene where a pig is slaughtered. All in all, I must rate this with Paul Naschy’s better films.