DIABOLICAL DR. Z (also known as MISS MUERTE) displayed a return to Franco’s very personal vision of horror cinema and remains one of his best works. Francophiles have been waiting a long while for the definitive presentation of MISS MUERTE and Pete Tombs’ USA branch of Mondo Macabro has delivered and then some!
Dr. Zimmer (aka Dr. Z) is a bespectacled, wheelchair-bound scientist experimenting with a mind control machine, assisted by his determined daughter Irma. After capturing an escaped lunatic and making him their slave, the two scientists approach a board of scientists to reveal their invention. Unfortunately, they brand him a madman and he dies of a heart attack before them. Blaming the ignorant physicians for her father’s death, Irma kidnaps a beautiful stripper with dangerously long fingernails and brainwashes her into becoming the Angel of Death to avenge him. –dvddrive
He was only 6 years old when he started composing music under the protection of his brother Enrique. After the Spanish Civil War, he was able to continue his studies at the Real Conservatorio de Madrid, where he finished piano and harmony. Being a Bachelor of Law and a easy-read novel writer (under the pseudonym David Khume), he signed on to enter the Instituto de Investigaciones y Experiencias Cinematográicas (IIEC), where he was only for two years, while he worked simultaneously as a director and theatre actor. Later, he went to Paris to study directing techniques at the I.D.H.E.C. (University of Sorbonne), where he used to go into seclusion during hours to watch films at the film archive. Back to Spain, he started his huge cinematographic work as a composer, with Cómicos (1954) and El hombre que viajaba despacito (1957), and later worked as an assistant director to Juan Antonio Bardem, León Klimovsky, Luis Saslavsky, Julio Bracho, Fernando Soler and Joaquín Luis Romero Marchent… read more