(289) SHADOWS OF BLOOD (1988) Paul Naschy's rarest film!
Limited Unofficial Release of a Lost Film
director: Sydney Ling
starring: Paul Naschy · Barry Fleming · James Malkovich · Judith Hirsch
· Ari Booth
is absolutely the rarest of ALL the Paul Naschy films (even more
obscure than his early projects like FURY
OF JOHNNY KID and DYING
IS A CRIME when he used the David Molba alias). Astonishingly,
this 'camcorder' movie was shot in the Netherlands in 1988, with Naschy
speaking phonetic English. Seemingly, it was never available in any form
outside of Holland. Paul Naschy refused to talk about the movie and he
always excluded it from his filmography.
late '80s, the Amsterdam Port is rocked by a series of brazen and motiveless
murders. The local police are baffled until they learn [from Interpol]
that two vicious serial killers have escaped from a French Asylum and
are currently engaged in a friendly competition to see who can kill the
most Dutch citizens. One of the men (played by Barry Fleming) is a maniacal
freak who also would like to find true love during his murderous rampage.
The other murderer is Paul (obviously, played by Paul Naschy), a grizzled
cigar-chomping Spaniard who became a serial killer after a career as a
B-Movie Horror Actor and champion weight-lifter ended. During the closing
credits: "BASED ON THE REAL STORY OF JACINTO MOLINA."
everything about this shoddy production is a mystery. The biggest question
remains... WHY? Why would Paul Naschy ever agree to such project (even
if he were promised that it would never be seen outside of Amsterdam)?
Most everyone connected - from director to supporting cast members - are
virtually without any experience in movie making. Sydney Ling would make
only one other film after this debut, called Grandmother Martha,
which runs a whopping 1452 minutes [that's almost 25 hours!], shown
at a couple Film Festivals before totally disappearing in 1996. Besides
Paul, only Barry Fleming would ever act again, playing 'Capella Singer
#3' in an episode of the American TV series Legacy
(1998) and Viktor in a low-budget indie film called The
Still Unknown in 2006. Paul Naschy would
return to Spain to direct and star in the TV Movie HOWL
OF THE DEVIL a few months later.
The director's wife, Judith Hirsch, plays the pudgy police detective Anna.
She's also the film producer and sings the closing 'Shadows of Blood'
Means dealing with DEATH
Where do I start to begin?
Where do I start to end?
Ending the killing spree
In. My. Town."
in English language, 70 min,
fullscreen, encoded for ALL REGION, playable on any American DVD machine.
Extras include selected Paul Naschy theatrical trailers.
recommended for Mature Audiences