Horror, Slasher

Bloody Moon (1981)

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Studio: Severin

Theatrical Release: March 27, 1981 (West Germany)

Blu Ray Release: July 8, 2014

Director: Jess Franco

Not Rated

Review by Travis North

There has been plenty of Jess Franco reviews posted on this site, mostly covering sexploitation efforts. While this barely puts a dent into Franco’s filmography, it was good to review a title that is from the horror genre. I have seen this title before and enjoyed it, but would re-watching it on Severin’s new Blu Ray change my opinion?

Bloody Moon starts with a house party, replete with garish fashions and disco music, and an oddly scarred character Miguel hanging around in the bushes. This obviously pegs the film to the late 70s, early 80s slasher craze. Immediately I noticed the increased resolution of Blu Ray, since some of the make-up is horribly fake looking, with poor blending make-up work jumping out in crisp detail. The bright side is you quickly forget and focus on the trash aspects of an attempted rape and murder take place before the title card appears. This lands Miguel in the nut house for a few years, but is eventually released to his sister Manuela. She takes him to relax near a school were attractive young women learn to speak foreign languages. As expected, bodies start to pile up in surprisingly gory manner.

In many of other Franco’s titles, the gore is just some stage blood being haphazardly applied. In Bloody Moon you get full on decapitations, breast impalement, neck stabbings, and other splattery kills. The effects are not up to par of someone like Tom Savini, but not bad considering Franco’s relatively larger budget. It also shows in the camera work and cinematography. The moderately in focus long takes, zooms, and jittery handheld camerawork are thankfully absent here. Instead there is some, God forbid, directorial talent on display! To remind you that you are watching Franco there is some nudity and elements of incest in case you were craving some sleaze.

In general this feels more like an Italian giallo, with an unknown killer, plenty of red herrings, real life animal killing, shoddy dubbing, and touches of third rate Goblin on the soundtrack. Surprisingly this was a predominantly German production. The tone reminded me of fellow Spaniard Juan Piquer Simón’s Pieces, which would actually make a great double feature with Bloody Moon. Those looking for throwback horror fare can’t go wrong with this disc.

As previously mentioned, the picture quality is a step above previously releases and the only audio option is a dubbed track. There are a few quick extras on the disc such as the trailer and a short interview with Franco which is always worth watching.

Movie and Blu Ray Rating: ★★★☆☆


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