24 October 2014

Young Hannah, Queen of the Vampires (1973)
85 min.
Directed by Julio Salvador.
With Andrew Prine, Mark Damon, Patty Sheppard, Frank Braña, Ihsan Gedik, Teresa Gimpera, Edward Walsh, John Alderman, Mariano Rey.
Also known as Crypt of the Living Dead, this Spanish vampire flick is a yawner.

Chris (Prine) travels to a remote Mediterranean island to investigate his father's strange death.

You see, his pop was crushed underneath a 700 year-old sarcophagus containing the infamous "Hannah," romantic mistress of King Louis VII - and rumored to be a cold blooded vampiress.

In order to bury his dad properly, Chris must move Hannah's coffin. So, he enlists the help of his father's work associates, likable grad student Peter (Damon) and Peter's sister Mary (Sheppard).

But can Chris pull this off without disturbing Hannah's sacred resting place? Will he awaken the diabolical blood drinker, and thus start a horrifying new spree of bloodletting?

(Guess what happens.)

Shot in Turkey, that's where this turkey shoulda stayed.

There's nary an ounce of suspense in Hannah, and even less genuine terror.

We gotta admit it, Prine (Terror Circus) is always kind of fun to watch. But that's not enough to keep this one afloat.

To make matters worse, handsome Damon overacts to the extreme, while Sheppard can't quite figure out what movie she's in.

It's not the worst thing out there, but aside from a moment of creepy inspiration during the fiery climax, Hannah commits the cardinal sin of being bland & unmemorable.

Spanish: La tumba de la isla maldita.

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