This adaptation of Enrique Jarber Bergua’s horror novel is very similar in tone and story to Mario Bava’s Cinque Bambole per la Luna d’Agosto (1970), itself a variant of Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None. A movie actress named Annette Lamark (Glenda Allen) and several of her friends spend a holiday on her private island. Annette’s son Christian is kidnapped soon after they arrive, and then the guests start disappearing one by one. Detective Juan Ribas (Alberto Dalbes) is charged with tracking down the killer. Mario Alex, Luis Induni, and Yelena Samarina also appear, but the film belongs to Montserrat Prous as Annette’s sister Valerie. Prous may be the only interesting thing about this uninspiring thriller, lackadaisically directed by cult filmmaker Jesus Franco.
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