The Hanging Woman (1973)

The more Karen and I watch Paul Naschy movies, the more we see a resemblance to Lon Chaney Jr. It’s a shame Paul Nashy had to pass away early this December, but his amazing catalog of work is still here for us to take in. We here at Murder Legendre HIGHLY recommend you start checking out his body of work, it is very impressive. The man has an acting range second to none, and can any part to the tee. From Priest, Gravedigger, Murderer, Werewolf etc. he pulls it off with such ease and grace, I’m hard pressed to understand why people weren’t talking about him prior to his death. Bottom line, please look into checking out his flicks, you wont be disappointed.

The Hanging Womans plot is truly something to behold. The plot involves a guy named Serge Chekov (Stelvio Riso), a swinging chap with a killer ’70s coiffure who shows up in Scotland to score an inheritance. He’s in for a rude introduction to the lovely culture, when he accidentally stumbles upon the hung corpse of a woman. This is only the start of his troubles, though, as it’s soon clear the family he’s gotten involved with is fucking crazy. You’ve got a scientist messing around with re-animating the deceased, a wacko gravedigger named Igor (Paul Naschy), some Satan-worshippers, and a witch who likes to have intercourse on a Ouija board type table. It all equals awesome!

Obviously, there are some  bizzaro moments to be found in The Hanging Woman, but this is very much reminiscent of a Hammer film—the time period, the setting, the methodical pacing, the emphasis on dialog, a central mystery, a dude named Igor. If that’s your bag, then there is plenty else in this film to keep you interested.

While not among the elite Spanish gothic offerings, The Hanging Woman is still unique and entertaining enough that it distinguishes itself from the pack, making it a worthwhile viewing for fans of the genre as well as horror aficionados in general. If you’re a Naschy fan (if not, we hope you will be), this is a no-brainer, and the striking imagery throughout should please the discerning cinephile’s eye.


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