The Devil’s Nightmare (1971) (BLU-RAY REVIEW)
DIRECTED BY: Jean Brismée
STARRING: Erika Blanc, Jean Servais, Daniel Emilfork
RATED: UR/REGION O/1:66/1080P/NUMBER OF DISCS 1
AVAILABLE FROM Mondo Macabro
“Devil’s Nightmare,” tells the story of a group of tourists who become lost during a trip. They meet a man at the roadside who gives them directions, but it is too late to catch the ferry. They are then directed to an old castle which offers room and board. A succubus also comes to stay at the castle and proceeds to seduce each tourist according to their own personal weaknesses, then kills them, using their own sin against them. Each tourist is a representative of one of the Seven Deadly Sins…
The Devil’s Nightmare has a lot of different vibes and feels within it. For one we kick things off with the death of a baby and no that isn’t a major spoiler because it happens within the opening scene. It’s then just a matter of putting the “hows” and “whys” together on why it happens. We fast forward some years and we have seven people that seem to fit very well into the seven deadly sins end up in a big spooky castle together where a very hot woman shows up and then soon enough people start being killed. It’s like we have a half giallo with the slower pace and style, but then we move more into what you could call a slasher with the body count of the later portion of the film and then we somehow even mix some supernatural elements to everything. It all makes for a very interesting movie but you do sort of wish it had a better pace, especially during the start of it. Everything else is creepy and even erotic at times.
The erotic stuff mostly comes in the form of the movie’s leading lady, Erika Blanc, who brings the goods in more way than one in her role. She’s playing her part very well and might easily be the show stealer here even if she isn’t as overall creepy as our “devil” fellow. Still, the movie packs an interesting story and some nice blood to make for a fun viewing experience. The transfer is a little mixed, but better than expected with the warning we see at the start of the movie. We have some rough spots, but overall, it still looks good enough for me. It also packs an audio commentary and some very lengthy sub-titled interviews to sink your teeth into and learn even more about this weird film. All in all, I dig it! It won’t be a movie everyone loves, but especially if you are a fan of the more giallo style you’ll find it to your liking.
– Newly commissioned cover art from Gilles Vranckx.
– HD transfer from original negative.
– Audio commentary from Troy Howarth.
– Interview with director Jean Brismée.
– Interview with Roland Lethem.
– Interview with assistant director Robert Lombaerts.
– Original trailers and TV spots.
– Mondo Macabro previews
Quality of Transfer: 88%