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The Loreley's Grasp (1976)

Tony Kendall , Helga Liné , Amando de Ossorio  |  R |  DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Tony Kendall, Helga Liné, Silvia Tortosa, Josefina Jartin, Loreta Tovar
  • Directors: Amando de Ossorio
  • Writers: Amando de Ossorio
  • Producers: José Antonio Pérez Giner, Ricardo Muńoz Suay, Ricardo Sanz
  • Format: Color, Dubbed, Original recording remastered, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English, Spanish
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Bci / Eclipse
  • DVD Release Date: November 13, 2007
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000V5EYX8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #373,332 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Loreley's Grasp" on IMDb

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In this brutal horror movie a ferocious beast murders unsuspecting young women near the river bank of a small German town. The monster always plucks the heart from the body of its prey, and it's not long before an expert hunter is sent to track down and kill the deadly creature.

Director Amando de Ossorio (Euro Fiends from Beyond the Grave) pours lashings of gore onto the screen as Loreley's Grasp builds towards its violent final act.

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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Format:VHS Tape
When the Screaming Stops is the American release of the Spanish film Las Garras de Lorelei (Grasp of Lorelei), a 1974 film directed by Armando De Ossario of Blind Dead fame. The American release, as I understand it, has seemingly had some of the original gore and nudity of the original film edited out (boo, censors), but you still get to see some nudity and the gore factor is certainly acceptable in my opinion - if your monster rips out victims' hearts, you pretty much have to show a little bit of that. I wasn't sure what to expect going in, exactly, since this is an American release of a Spanish film set in early 1900s Germany, but I came away rather impressed with what I saw. When the Screaming Stops has some problems, but De Ossario did some good things here.
Lorelei is a legendary monster said to guard the treasures of the Niebelungen somewhere on the Rhine River. In order to live indefinitely inside her wonderfully curvy body (supplied most appealingly by Helga Line), she has to come up and eat a number of human hearts every so often. Unfortunately, she doesn't just walk the streets swaying her hips to attract victims; instead, she takes the form of some giant reptilian monster with really long claws. Well, you know how people are - a few folks get ripped apart and have their hearts jerked out of their chests, and all the nervous nellies in town start complaining. A professor at the nearby school for girls asks the mayor for protection from the killer, and he obliges by sending them Sirgurd (Tony Kendall), a hunter with (supposedly) a lot of experience. Now things start to get interesting. For starters, all of the girls at the school are apparently double majoring in wearing two-piece bikinis and having fun in and around a swimming pool. I don't have a problem with that.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A drive-in style movie,barf bags included! December 11, 1999
Format:VHS Tape
I still have one of the barf bags they handed out before I first saw hs at the drive-in in the 80's. There were also red flashes to warn people with "weak hearts" of the gore scenes. It doesn't quite live up to the hype,but it is pretty gory for 1974. Most of the gore consists of hearts getting torn from peoples chests by a monster that comes out on full moon nights. If youy're like me,you'd love this film just 'cause of the hype. I think this is better then many of the early to mid 70's horror films out there,if you're a true horror fan,this is worth checkin' out.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Silly but fun horror from Spain August 21, 2001
Format:VHS Tape
Armando de Ossorio, Director of the Blind Dead series, made this silly but fun horror film. The movie, originally titled "The Lorelei's Grasp", is about a siren-like monster that resembles a man/lizard that is attacking young woman at an all girls school in a small village. The gore is average, and the monster is clearly someone in a rubber suit, but the movie does have alot of nudity, and has a gimmick where the screen flashes red before each killing to "prepare you for explicit horror". Not the best movie ever made, but fun to watch, especially if you like monster movies.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Spooky Fun September 28, 2011
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Apparently just a quickie movie, from the man behind the more successful "Blind Dead" films, this Spanish horror sees young ladies being murdered by a mysterious monster from an ancient legend. The film doesn't do anything particularly adventurous or outstanding. Although the premise is interesting, the use of it is a bit low on atmosphere but there are good moments.

The story begins with a young bride-to-be being nastily hacked to death by a ...something, with razor sharp claws. more murders follow, and each time the victim's heart is removed. An ancient legend tells of a creature called the Loreley, which eats human hearts. Could it be that the monster really exists? Watch it and see!

Sadly, the film reveals a wearisome predictability by setting the action in a boarding school for girls who are all played as nymphomanicas by 20-something starlets, with no subtlety whatsoever. Although the lead actresses, Silvia Tortosa and (my favourite 1970's Euro beauty) Helga Line look gorgeous and can act, the rest can't be said for the rest of the cast, which includes the very wooden Tony Kendall as the hunky hero.

Effects wise, things fall pretty flat. The Loreley's heart-extractions are startlingly graphic, but the makeup for the creature is diabolical, it looks like a joke shop pair of rubbber scaly gloves were used to stand in as beast's claws. What I did enjoy though, was the rather supernatural element that become smore prevalent towards the end of the film. Saying that, I lost all respect for the film during the climactic scenes set in a cave (the bit with the jealous hand-maidens was dire), but things perked up again with a dreamlike ending, that really surprised me by it's tone.

So, it's a mixed bag. Lots of different things going on, quite a silly story, some good and bad effects, some lovely ladies, but put together, it's a bit unsatisfying, however still enjoyable.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Loreley's Grasp November 29, 2010
Amando de Ossorio steps away from his BLIND DEAD series momentarily to deliver this frightful creature feature in 1974's THE LORELEY'S GRASP! Legend tells of a hideous beast, the Loreley, that must set out to kill seven young women and consume their hearts during each full moon in order to return to her youthful slumber. When the legend comes to life in a small village off of the Rhine, it is up to a local hunter to destroy the beast before it disappears once more! Ossorio taps into Lovecraftian lore and mythic tales from the sea in order to bring his seductive siren to life. Unlike in his undead features, which focus on building a terrifying mood and thrilling suspense, LORELEY relies far more heavily on its shocking gore to set up its scares. The beast shreds its victims' skins and rips their beating hearts from their rib cages in graphic detail! One cannot overlook the artistic touch that Ossorio instills in each of his shots, a skill he uses to create a number of atmospheric moments along the riverbanks of the Rhine. Unfortunately, the creature's costume appears to be very cheaply made, and would have been far more effective if it had been left in the shadows. Fans of DAGON and THE LAIR OF THE WHITE WORM are sure to enjoy this lost Spanish gem!

-Carl Manes
I Like Horror Movies
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