(297) EMPUSA [Female Vampires] (2010) Paul Naschy's Final Movie!
original Spanish title PAUL NASCHY'S EMPUSA [Paul
director: Paul Naschy [Jacinto Molina]
starring: Paul Naschy · Antonio Mayans · Maria Jesus Solina · Laura De
Predro · Cristina Carrion
icon Paul Naschy plays a retired actor, Abel Olaya, now living quietly
in a Spanish seaside community. He enjoys studying the occult, partaking
in a constant supply of Absinthe and the philosophical discussions with
his friend Victor as they walk along the beach coastline. During one
such outing, Abel finds an oddly tattooed severed arm in the sand. Against
Victor's objection, he decides NOT to contact the
police but, rather, take it back to his place for closer examination [see
pic, above right]. Meanwhile, mutilated bloated bodies are discovered
floating in the surf. Police are baffled. But Able soon learns that an
ancient cult of female vampires called empusas are responsible
for the mayhem.
principle cinematography for this film started in 2005 with director Carlos
Aured (who had helmed many of Paul's early movies, including CURSE
OF THE DEVIL and HORROR
RISES FROM THE TOMB). But neither of these men were healthy.
Carlos Aured would die from a heart attack in February 2008 at age 71.
Paul had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, a disease that would take
his life in November 2009. Although, he was in constant pain, Mr Naschy
was determined to finish this movie and so he moved into the director's chair
after returning from a Brazilian shoot (Ivan Cardoso's WEREWOLF
IN THE AMAZON). With this project - aware that it would be his
swan song - Naschy embraced an "everything plus the kitchen sink"
approach [incorporating ancient mythology, nude female vampires, literary
and cinematic allusions, European folklore and huge helpings of Euro sleaze]
hoping to sort it all out during the editing process. However, Paul would
die before that event, forcing 'second assistant editor' Elena Hernández
Martínez to make the best of the rather incoherent, unfinished
narrative. The result is as delicious as it is confusing. This "farewell"
film would be released one year after Paul Naschy's death.
with English subtitles, fully uncut 96 min,
widescreen, encoded for ALL REGION, playable on any American DVD machine
Extras include original theatrical trailer.
Nudity; Drugs; Strong Sexual Situations; Sexual Brutality
Intended for Mature Audiences