The Blancheville Monster

September 19, 2016 at 3:27 am (4 Heads, Blancheville Monster) (, , , )

The Blancheville Monster – 1963 – Italy/Spain

France 1884: After attending college in England, a young woman returns to her ancestral castle. Since her father recently died (under mysterious circumstances) and her favorite servants have left, the castle is now a foreboding place. Furthermore, she learns of a family prophecy indicating that her family will die if a girl child ever reaches the age of 21. Predictably, the young woman’s 21st birthday is in 5 days. Also predictably, her father is not really dead. Disfigured and insane, he stalks the castle, trying to prevent the prophecy by killing his daughter with the power of hypnosis.

The Blancheville Monster is a gothic melodrama allegedly based on the writings of Edgar Allen Poe. Its premise is not very original, but it has potential. The spooky castle and its secretive servants are intriguing, and the film is occasionally atmospheric. There is also a premature burial scene, which is always horrifying. However, the plot lacks logic and moves slowly. Too much time is spent developing romances between the uninteresting supporting characters. When the twist ending finally comes, you will not be surprised or impressed.

In Blancheville Monster’s best moment, one character plays some epic and sinister music on the piano.

Rating: 4/10 Shrunken Heads. The castle is so cold that you can see the actors’ breaths.

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