Written by: Michael Den Boer on April 16th, 2017
Theatrical Release Date: Spain / France, 1976
Director: Juan Fortuny
Writers: Juan Fortuny, Marius Lesoeur, H.L. Rostaine
Cast: Paul Naschy, Silvia Solar, Olivier Mathot, Evelyne Scott, Claude Boisson
DVD released: April 17th, 2017
Approximate running time: 94 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Rating: 15 (UK)
Sound: Dolby Digital Mono French
DVD Release: Black House Films
Region Coding: Region 2 PAL (UK)
Retail Price: £12.99 (UK)
Synopsis: A criminal’s life hangs in balance due to a bullet being lodged in his brain. And in order to save his life, he is taken to a doctor who has been experimenting on brain transplants. Will this surgery save his life or will there be dire consequences that forever alters his state of mind?
Though this film features an interesting premise. The way said premise is executed, is a underwhelming experience. The narrative is tediously paced and this is more compounded when watching the French version has been padded with soft-core sequences. With that being said, even the English language version is chore to get through and this version omits the aforementioned soft-core scenes.
If anything, positive can be taken away from this film, then that would be the way this film fits perfectly into its so bad it is mildly entertaining niche. Other strengths include frequent Jess Franco collaborator Daniel White’s superb score and there are a handful of moments visually that leave a lasting impression.
Without a doubt the main attraction of this film is Paul Naschy (Curse of the Devil, Werewolf Shadow) in the role of Jack Surnett, the ring leader of a gang of thieves who is shot in the head trying to escape the police. And this film’s main twist involves Surnett needing someone to donate their head and ironically the only person who fits the bill, is his greatest enemy a man known as The Sadist. Performance wise Naschy is woefully underused and he spends most of his time laying dormant or assaulting women.
Note: There is no way to comment on how this film looks and sounds, since the screen provided for this review was a streaming version via an online link.
It should be noted that the version supplied for this review was the French language version.
The extras that are supposed to be on the DVD release are trailers for Zombie Lake, Crimson and Oasis of The Living Dead.
Crimson is currently available on Blu-Ray in region A from Redemption Films.