YES, Spanish film rocks and especially then films from the Golden Mediterranean
Era, approx. 1960's to the early 1980's, with it's spaghetti and paella
westerns, horror, police actions and gialli. Spanish horror and gialli
from this golden times are my favourite films, i just love them as there's
special about them, that unique Iberian atmosphere.
I love Spain too, my fave country in the world with friendly people,
great beer, beautiful women,
a lot of nice indierock bands and with a lot of regions with exciting
landscapes (and my favourite among them maybe the green and lush Galicia).
Well known among filmlovers outside of Spain are Spanish
genre icons as directors&actors Jesús Franco, Paul Naschy
or Jacinto Molina and directors
as i.a. Jorge Grau, Juan Bosch, Bigas Luna, Juan Piquer Simon, Amando
De Ossorio, Joseph Larraz, Carlos Aured, Javier Aquirre, Eugenio Martin.
But then there are the lesser known directors and actors/actresses,
lesser known among non-spanish genre filmlovers that is, as Eloy de
la Iglesia with
i.a. La Semana del asesino (Cannibal man, 1972) and .... Ignacio F.
Iquino with this 1982 film and with his 1978 Los Violadores del amanecer.
Both directors were recommended to me by Spanish cult film lovers, aficionados
of Peliculas de Terror.
Turnable sleeve to the Vinegar Syndrome blu-ray and DVD edition
Ignacio F. Iquino (1910-1994) was a
veteran Spanish filmmaker who between 1934 to 1984 directed 87 films
and in a wide spectrum of genres. He ended
his career with making a lot of sex comedies (some with beautiful Concha
Valero and Emma Quer), with this Secta Siniestra his
only horror movie and
with his crime movie, the 1978 infamous Nastie Los
Violadores del amanecer. The latter film a disturbingly well
made crime thriller about a vicious
Barcelona gang of robbers and rapists. A film that makes you want to
take a shower, no 2 showers, no 3 showers after watching it. Yuck! Read
about this film on Horror page 2.
Concha Valero, the for me until recently
absolutely unknown actress, ROCKS in Secta Siniestra as the evil Satanist
nurse Margaret. She's tough as
nails, psychotic and really has a hate relationship with the small kid
in the movie, Peter. Ha, ha, ha, she tries to catch him without succeeding.
I had actually seen her before, in the 1982 sex movie
Los Sueños Húmedos de Patrizia, made by Ignacio
F. Iquino also, and Valero was pretty hot
there, very hot and very bushy. I saw it on the internet somewhere and
it has been released on a Spanish DVD (Cine Erotico Español).
But, i couldn't have guessed that this girl was such a great, or more
accurately maybe, powerful actress as she is in Bloody Sect. I Love
her, and so
does Kat Ellinger, the woman doing the audio commentary to Secta Siniestra/Bloody
Scary nurse Margaret
Frederic (Carlos Martos) is a middle-aged man who has
got his crazy wife Elizabeth (Diana Conca) locked up in the attic. When
Elizabeth breaks loose and
finds Frederic in bed with his lover, Helen (Emma Quer,
also a gorgeous softcore sex movie actress from the Era) she attacks
them and blinds poor
Frederic by poking out his eyes. Elizabeth is locked in at a mental
hospital and blind Frederic marries Helen.
For some reason he's impotent and Helen is inseminated at a Fertility
Clinic. But a slightly diabolic looking figure works there and soon
turns into a painful affair and she's feels that something is terribly
wrong with her . Well, nothing that serious besides ....
Spoiler pic .... sorry!
.... that a religious cult is working at the Insemination
clinic and that they look to that their female clients are inseminated
with the devil's sperm.
They visit Helen at home and provides her with new maid and nurse, the
slightly goth looking and very stern Margaret (Concha Valero)
who turns into
the boss of the house and who relegates poor Frederic to live up in
the attic while she attends to Helen and looking to that nothing happens
unborn baby, the son of Satan. Then crazy Elizabeth escapes from the
asylum and returns home and the kid of Frederic's sister, Peter, arrives
too to the
annoyance of Margaret who constantly tries to chase the boy down and
to kill him, and it's very funny.
This über GREAT film is very obscure and forgotten
even in Spain and the woman doing the audio commentary obviously know
almost nothing about
the director or the actors. Maybe the research could've been a little
better perhaps. Anyway, this film is wild and funny and with very well
scenes and great looking gore, nudity by Emma Quer and an outstanding
performance from Concha Valero.
Concha Valero acc. to IMDB had a short intense actress career that lasted
2-3 years, born in 1958 she died too young in 2006, only 47 years old.
The Blu-ray from Vinegar presents this rarity in a very
good looking widescreen 1.85:1 with a spanish audio DTS-HD MA mono or
DD stereo 2.0 and
with english subtitles, region ALL and the combo DVD in region free?
Extras: an audio commentary with film historican Kat Ellinger and a
promo stills gallery.
Minor complaint: They could've contacted some Spanish
film freak who could've given us info about Iquino and his film legacy,
and about the
actresses, Concha Valero and Emma Quer and their many roles in Spanish
sex movies. Valero seems to solely have appeared in such