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(aka "La perversa caricia de Satán" or "Wicked Caress of Satan" or "Devil Kiss" or "Le Baiser du Diable" )

 

directed by Jordi Gigó (as Georges Gigo)
France/Spain 1975

 

The extravagant Duke de Haussemont (Jose Nieto, FRANKENSTEIN'S BLOODY TERROR) throws a fashion show and has invited Claire Grandier (Silvia Solar, THE WEREWOLF AND THE YETI) to conduct a surprise seance. Claire is the former Countess of Moncoran, whose husband killed himself after his family fortune's dwindled and the duke's late brother bought up his stables. Now, she has gone back to her maiden name and lives in anonymity as a spiritualist in collaboration with Dr. Gruber (Olivier Mathot, REVENGE IN THE HOUSE OF USHER) who has been experimenting with cell regeneration and also possesses powers of telepathy. The duke asks Claire to contact his late brother. Although the seance is interrupted, the duke is sufficiently impressed to invite Claire and Dr. Gruber to stay at his chateau and continue their experiments in exchange for teaching him the ways of the occult. The Claire accepts his proposition, takes on a dwarf sidekick (Ronnie Harp), and digs up a blue-skinned corpse (Moisés Augusto Rocha, HORROR STORY) to wreak her vengeance against the duke. The professor injects the body with a serum to regenerate its cells and Claire invokes the spirit of Astaroth to possess the corpse and do their bidding. After the duke's mysterious death, his photographer nephew Richard (Daniel Martin, DEMON WITCH CHILD) inherits the house. He allows Clair and Dr. Gruber to stay on, but Gruber has a weak heart and is losing control of the zombie, who goes on a murderous rampage. The French/Spanish THE DEVIL'S KISS (aka THE WICKED CARESS OF SATAN) is a bit of a clunky throwback to the Italian gothic horror pics of the sixties spiced up with some seventies nudity. Had the sex scenes not been so ugly (and so obviously inserted into a production tailored for the still strict Spanish censorship of the time), the special effects more proficient, and the script more focused (dwarves, scantily-clad models, and affairs between servants, and servants and masters merely fill out the running time), this film might have made a good double bill with the 1972 Spanish/Italian gothic horror IVANNA/SCREAM OF THE DEMON LOVER. Martin's playboy heir makes for an uninteresting hero in the second half of the film. Maria Silva (TOMBS OF THE BLIND DEAD) shows up late in the film to be menaced by the monster. Carlos Otero (THE KILLER WORE GLOVES) turns up as chateau's butler, Victor Israel briefly appears as a leering party guest, and Evelyne Scott (SHINING SEX) is the chambermaid who is killed by the monster and reanimated with a penchant for stabbing her lovers. Mathot, Solar, Otero,Israel, Scott, and Richard Kolin (EYEBALL) would all turn up together again in THE MAN WITH THE SEVERED HEAD/CRIMSON, another French/Spanish Eurocine release.

Eric Cotenas

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DVD Comparison:

ArrowDrome - Region 0 - PAL vs. Image Entertainment (Euroshock Collection) - Region 0 - NTSC

Big thanks to Eric Cotenas for all the Screen Caps!

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Distribution

ArrowDrome

Region 0 - PAL

Image Entertainment
Region 0 - NTSC
Runtime 1:29:09 (4% PAL speedup) 1:32:57
Video

1.62:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 5.27 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

1.64:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 5.49 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

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ArrowDrome

 

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Image Entertainment (Euroshock Collection)

 

Audio English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono; French Dolby Digital 2.0 mono

English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono; French Dolby Digital 2.0 mono

Subtitles English, none English, none
Features Release Information:
Studio: ArrowDrome

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.62:1

Edition Details:
• Eurocine Trailer Reel (FEMALE VAMPIRE, ORLOFF AND THE INVISIBLE MAN, OASIS OF THE ZOMBIES, ZOMBIE LAKE, and SADISTIC BARON VON KLAUS)
• Liner Notes Booklet by Stephen Thrower
• Reversible Cover

DVD Release Date: October 17th, 2011
Amaray

Chapters 12

Release Information:
Studio: Image Entertainment

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.64:1

Edition Details:
• none

 

DVD Release Date: January 28th, 2003
Amaray

Chapters 12

 

Comments

ArrowDrome's transfer is likely from the same Eurocine master used for the older Image DVD. Most of the film is presented at 1.66:1 on both prints, but for a shot around the 29 minute mark on the ArrowDrome edition is framed at 1.78:1 and inserted from an inferior source. The same shot is framed at 1.66:1 on the Image disc, but looks zoomed in and softer than the rest of the presentation. Audio options are the same for both releases (the English track on both is pretty good, but the French track sounds a hair cleaner and bolder). Both discs feature optional subtitles.

The Image DVD featured an interlaced transfer (albeit at the correct 24fps running time) and no extras. The liner notes booklet was not provided, but the Eurocine Trailer Reel is interesting for presenting the OASIS OF THE ZOMBIES trailer (under its original OASIS OF THE LIVING DEAD title) which was not on the Image release of that film, and for subtitling all of the French-language trailers.

 - Eric Cotenas

 



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Region 0 - PAL

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Region 0 - NTSC

 




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