Blue Eyes of the Broken Doll
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|Los Ojos Azules de la Muñeca Rota|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Carlos Aured|
|Produced by||José Antonio Pérez Giner|
|Written by||Paul Naschy|
|Music by||Juan Carlos Calderón|
Los Ojos Azules de la Muñeca Rota (Blue Eyes Of The Broken Doll) is a Spanish horror-giallo film from 1974 directed by Carlos Aured and starring Paul Naschy (who also co-wrote), Diana Lorys, Maria Perschy, and Eva Leon. The film was released on VHS as House Of Psychotic Women, and was shown on television as House of Doom (edited).
The story concerns a drifter named Gilles (Naschy) who arrives in a French village looking for work. He soon gets a lift from a woman named Claude (Lorys) who sports a prosthetic hand, hiding a gruesome deformity. She gives him a job as a handyman at a large house owned by her and her two sisters: nymphomaniac redhead Nicole (Leon) and wheelchair-using Yvette (Perschy). Soon after he sets up doing chores around the grounds, Nicole takes a strong interest in him and Claude voices her disgust, while Yvette is tended to by a doctor and nurse. As these domestic events occur, a black-gloved killer is murdering blue-eyed women and gouging out their eyes, dropping them into a jar of water. Before too long Gilles is painted as a top suspect, due to a shady past involving his abuse of a former girlfriend, and the authorities pursue him.
- Paul Naschy as Gilles
- Diana Lorys as Claude
- Eduardo Calvo as Doctor Phillipe
- Eva León as Nicole
- Inés Morales as Michelle
- Antonio Pica as Inspector Pierre
- Luis Ciges as René
- Pilar Bardem as Caroline
- Maria Perschy as Ivette
- Paul Naschy is also known as Jacinto Molina and has starred as a werewolf in many films in his native Spain. He and director Aured have collaborated on a number of these and other films.
- A theater marquee displays House Of Psychotic Women in the 1980 film Times Square.
The film was released theatrically in its native Spain in 1974 as Los Ojos Azules de la Muñeca Rota. The title translates as Blue Eyes of the Broken Doll.
The film was released theatrically in the United States by Independent-International Pictures in 1976.
The film contains graphic scenes of gore and nudity, and was rated R in the US under its slightly edited House Of Psychotic Women title. House Of Doom was the further censored version released on television.
The film was released on a special edition DVD in 2007 by Deimos Entertainment, a subdivision of BCI Eclipse, as Blue Eyes of the Broken Doll.
The tune "Frere Jacques" is occasionally played on the soundtrack, albeit slightly jazzed up with bass, drums and violin, during the murder scenes.
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