“DEADLY MANOR”— An Old House and a Maniac

“DEADLY MANOR”

An Old House and a Maniac

Amos Lassen

A group of teenagers find refuge in an old, deserted mansion but soon the members of the group start turning up dead, and the teens realize that they’re not alone in the mansion. Spanish macabre director José Ramón Larraz’s last film has all of the trademarks of classic horror. Going to have fun at a lake, the teens make an unscheduled stop at a remote, seemingly abandoned mansion where they decide to spend the night. However, the place is full of omens— a blood-stained car wreck in the garden, coffins in the basement, scalps in the closet, and photographs of a beautiful but mysterious woman in every corner of the house. Before the sun rises the next day, the group will find the strange and terrifying truth of this dreadful place.

“Deadly Man was released at the end of the 80s in the United States as “Savage Lust” and the director chose to use the pseudonym of Joseph Braunstein. It is finally available for the first time on Blu-ray. The best way to view this film is tongue-in-cheek because of its ridiculous dialogue and the characters’ total lack of sense. The girls all say things like ‘maybe we shouldn’t be here’ and the boys reply ‘chill out, babe, there’s nothing here that can hurt us…’

There  are a few scary shots thrown in. A bloody carving knife is wielded by a woman whose torso is covered by a giant porcelain mask. Her hair turns red and curly and her right eye milks over when she’s visited by a pack of rabid bikers. She seizes a terrified lady by the arm and shrieks with the agonized rage. Yet I found the film to be totally entertaining.

“Deadly Manor” is a brutal act of violence against the film’s audience. The beginning is promising. A metal-head hitches a ride from a truck hauling a massive statue. The rider meets six teens on their way to Lake Wakapanopee. At sunset, the teens pull off to the mansion, where a demolished Cadillac is propped up between marble columns. The back seat is stained with blood and holds dry bouquets and scattered photos of a woman. (I would have fled already). This is followed by 60 minutes of a slashless sexual slasher film.

The kids find an album filled with pictures of cadavers, then decide to roast hot dogs in the fireplace. They discover a hidden closet filled with human scalps in mason jars. Once in a great while, one of the teens is quietly murdered off-screen. There is no tension, violence or human flesh.

SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS

  Brand new 2K restoration from original film elements

  High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation

  Original uncompressed mono audio

  Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing

  Brand new audio commentary with Kat Ellinger and Samm Deighan

  Newly-filmed interview with actress Jennifer Delora

  Making a Killing – a newly-filmed interview with producer Brian Smedley-Aston

  Extract from an archival interview with Jose Larraz

  Original Savage Lust VHS trailer

  Image Gallery

  Original Script and Shooting Schedule (BD-ROM content)

  Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Adam Rabalais (TO BE REVEALED)

FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Collector s booklet featuring new writing on the film by author John Martin

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