Written by: Michael Den Boer on June 11th, 2017
Theatrical Release Date: Spain, 1978
Director: Paul Naschy
Writer: Paul Naschy
Cast: Paul Naschy, Daniela Giordano, Mónica Randall, Ricardo Merino, Tony Isbert, Julia Saly, Antonio Iranzo, Juan Luis Galiardo, Eduardo Calvo, Tota Alba
BluRay released: June 13th, 2017
Approximate running times: 91 Minutes
Aspect Ratios: 1.85:1 Widescreen / 1080 Progressive / MPEG-4 AVC
Sound: LPCM Mono Spanish, LPCM Mono English
BluRay Release: Mondo Macabro
Region Coding: Region Free
Retail Price: $29.95
With Inquisition Paul Naschy would make his debut as director. And besides casting himself in the lead role, he also wrote this films screenplay. A key collaborator on Inquisition was cinematographer Miguel Fernández Mila whose other notable films as a cinematographer includes, All the Colors of the Dark, Return of the Blind Dead, The Loreley’s Grasp and The People Who Own the Dark.
No name has become more synonymous with Spanish Horror cinema than Paul Naschy, who as an actor portrayed wolf men, hunchbacks, vampires and a wide variety of other monsters. And though he is most remembered for his films that featured classic Horror cinema monsters. His diverse filmography includes, films like Inquisition that take Horror to another level.
And at the heart of Inquisition, is a film that uses events from Medieval Evil times as its launching point. And the end result is a film that is arguably one of the best example of films that dealt with the inquisition that wreaked havoc throughout Medieval Times.
Content wise, this film is an unflinching recount of those who were given the power to expose witches and other heretics. And though there is no denying the potency of this film’s torture sequences. One must not undervalue the impact of a subplot involving a woman who seduces one of the witchfinders.
Performance wise the entire cast are all very good in their respective roles. With this film’s standout performances being Daniela Giordano (Four Times that Night, The Girl in Room 2A) in the role of Catherine, a young woman who professes her loyalty to Satan after the man she loves is murdered and Paul Naschy (Curse of the Devil, Werewolf Shadow) in the dual role of a witchfinder named Bernard de Fossey and Satan.
Other standout performances include, Mónica Randall (My Dear Killer) in the role of Madeleine, the young woman who introduces Catherine to black magic and Antonio Iranzo (Cut-Throats Nine) in the role of Rénover, a disfigured servant who lusts after Catherine’s sister.
Inquisition comes on a 25 GB single layer BluRay. The film is presented in a 1080 progressive widescreen. Though there is some mild use of DNR, this is a well authored disc that is easily the best this film has looked to date on home video.
This release comes with two audio options, a LPCM mono mix in English and a LPCM mono mix in Spanish and included with this release are removable English subtitles. Both audio mixes sound, clean, clear and balanced throughout. With the main difference between these two audio mixes being their translations. The Spanish audio mixes dialog does a better job reinforcing the subject matter at hand.
Extras for this release include, the Mondo Macabro’s Promo Reel, an introduction with actor / director Paul Naschy (7 minutes 56 seconds, in Spanish with English subtitles), a documentary about Spanish horror films titled Blood and Sand (24 minutes 24 seconds, in Spanish and English with English subtitles), an interview with actress Daniela Giordano (14 minutes 23 seconds, in Italian with English subtitles) and an audio commentary with Rod Barnett and Troy Guinn (the Naschycast).
The extra titled Blood and Sand is part of British T.V. series and this episode provides an informative overview of the Spanish horror cinema.
Topics discussed in the introduction with Paul Naschy include, how Inquisition was the first film he directed and why this is one of his favorite films that he worked on, the origins of the film, how the film is more based on the French inquisition than the Spanish inquisition, production related topics, the cast and his thoughts about the film.
Topics discussed in the interview with Daniela Giordano include, being crowned Miss Italy, how she got into acting, Inquisition and background information about her character, why the film was not released theatrical in Italy, how the film was a bigger draw than Jaws in Spain, onset memories, Paul Naschy and her thoughts about the film.
Topics discussed in the audio commentary include, background information about Inquisition, Paul Naschy, Spanish horror cinema, inquisition themed films, the cast and their thoughts about the film.
Overall Inquisition gets a strong release from Mondo Macabro.