Friday, December 22, 2017

Mill of the Stone Women, Euro-Babes Die Horribly

The fate of the very pretty Annelore (Liana Orfei) is horrible, no doubt, but probably a good metaphor for the plight of young ladies in misogynistic and patriarchal western civilization. The pretty redhead will appear in 1960's "Mill of the Stone Women" as a seductively clad model in front of an art class, then as a frisky canteen singer entertaining drunk men, then as an abducted damsel having her blood drained and turned into a macabre piece of artwork. Finally, this beauty will be decapitated and have her head tossed about like a soccer ball. In a sense, perhaps this fate awaits all of a figurative sense, that it.
The professor and an unfortunate damsel
Hans (Pierre Brice), a Euro hunk, arrives at an old windmill inhabited by Professor Wahl (Herbert A.E. Boehme). The professor is an artist and Hans will help him...well...with something artistic. Uh oh, strange wails emanate from another part of the windmill. Oh yes, the good professor has an art exhibit enjoyed by everyone in town...a carousel of wax statues of sultry women being murdered, executed, or otherwise killed.  Charming indeed. Those wails? Wahl's nubile daughter Elfie (Seilla Gabel) has a mysterious illness and cries out in pain a lot, and is constantly treated by a mad doctor (Wolfgang Preiss).
Elfie dying
Against Wahl's wishes, Elfie meets Hans. So blown away by her, Hans has immediate pre-marital sex with her. Now she must have him. Big problem. Hans is engaged to the equally pretty and nubile Liselotte (Dany Carrel). Oh yes, the professor abducts a model from his art class, Annelore'll see but it will be quite horrible, I assure you. A rare disease causes Elfie to die and the mad doctor has figured out a way to bring her back to life using the blood of beautiful ladies. After the blood is drained out of the ladies, Wahl takes their can figure that out. More bad news! The mad doctor figures out Loselotte's blood is special and will cure Elfie for good. As Wahl and the mad doctor make a move to secure Liselotte's blood, the always two steps behind Hans must play catch up.
The most unfortunate Annelore
Will Liselotte suffer the same fate as the unfortunate Annelore?  Is Hans' proclivity to engage in pre-marital sex with beauties having one foot already in the grave a bad omen for his future relationship with Liselotte? Will the detached head of Annelore play a factor in the final fiery conclusion of "Mill of the Stone Women"? An erotic Italian horror piece with a very loud and crazy ending awaits whoever views this cinematic gem.  The ill-fated dames are beautiful and we do hope at least one will survive the madness and sadism of our antagonist. For an alluring and morbid good time, take in "Mill of the Stone Women." 

1 comment:

  1. Well, my head would probably be better as a basketball. Disturbing but interesting premise. Good review, Christopher.