This Months Screening

Sunday, 12 January 2014

Bloody Moon

bloody moon film poster

Jesús Franco Manera will always be remembered by horror aficionados as the man with an endless number of pseudonyms. For this film he chose to use his real name as opposed to an alias which says something about quality of the material.

If you haven’t seen at least one of the two hundred plus films he has directed, Bloody Moon probably isn’t for you. Even the man himself freely admitted the majority of his output was rubbish. Bloody Moon is one of his better efforts…


Things get off to a kinky start when Miguel’s lustful advances are repelled by his sister Manuela. Looking elsewhere for fulfilment, he dons a Mickey Mouse mask (seriously) and picks up another girl, only to stab this one to death. Fast forward to five years later and Miguel is released from a mental hospital to live with his sister near a boarding school. Unsurprisingly the murders start up again…

Bloody Moon was once a notorious title which made its way onto the DDP list of ‘video nasties’ in Britain during the early eighties. If that still doesn’t prepare you for what’s in store, you can expect to see plenty of gratuitous female nudity, a woman stabbed in the back (the blade protruding through to her breast), but by far the most infamous moment is when a woman is decapitated by a large circular saw. Fun for all the family then!

But is it worth watching? The story is a derivative mix of the slasher and giallo genres, stealing wholesale from ‘Bay of Blood’, ‘Halloween’ and ‘Suspiria’ amongst others, but you can’t knock a film entirely which combines all that with a disco meets wobble board soundtrack! This is a film which fits into the ‘so bad it’s good’ category, gore-hounds will lap it up. Allegedly Pink Floyd was originally meant to do the soundtrack for this film! Recommended to horror fans, Bloody Moon is sleazy and rather cheesy fun.

Starring: Alexander Waechter, Nadja Gerganoff, Olivia Pascal
Director: Jesús Franco
Screenplay by: Erich Tomek
Date released: West Germany 27 March 1981
Genre: Horror
Duration: 90 min
Official URL: N/A
Reviewed by: Conor Flynn