Sangre y sexo: The Films of José Larraz

Blood and sex. Brilliant. We love it and cult Spanish genre filmmaker José Ramón Larraz's films are dripping in it.

Collecting together six of Larraz's best films, Sangre y Sexo provides a perfect cross-section of Larraz's work - from the higher-brow but still full of sauce and slayings Whirlpool, featuring a psychopathic photographer stalking his latest muse through the wet woods behind his sugar momma's country house, to Rest in Pieces - which combines his talents for conjuring atmosphere and the grotesque to thrilling effect as a young couple are pitched against an unspeakable evil emanating from their recently inherited country house.

Deadly Manor also focuses on a house full of terror and horror, but here José comes at the material from the slasher angle as a gaggle of teens crashing for the night in a seemingly abandoned house are picked off by an unforgettable killer. Edge of the Axe is the second showcase for Larraz's slasher chops and is chock full of brilliant set pieces, excellent kills, a charmingly dated idea of computers and AI, as well as an ending that will leave your jaw on the floor.

Vampyres and The Coming of Sin are Larraz at his bawdy best. Sensual and full of lust and lusting. Vampyres was shot and is set in England with a pair of sexy bloodsucking ladies preying on passing motorists who they tempt back to their mansion to drain. The Coming of Sin has a very Jess Franco feel to it and serves as a great entry point to Larraz for Franco fans. A wealthy woman takes in a young gipsy girl in the midst of a sexual awakening who becomes obsessed with a dream of a handsome young naked man who rides a horse bareback. When her dreams become reality, she and her new landlady's lives will be changed forever.

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  • Rest in Pieces

    1988 • Spain • Directed by José Ramón Larraz

    A young, married couple move into the wife's aunt's estate after inheriting the sprawling property. Soon, weird occurrences begin to happen around the house, and they start to suspect the tenants are responsible.

  • Whirlpool

    In Larraz's debut feature, the hitherto ultra-rare 'Whirlpool', Vivian Neves stars as Tulia, a young model invited to a photographer's secluded country home for what purports to be a quiet weekend retreat - but soon transpires to be anything but.

  • Edge of the Axe

    From cult Spanish filmmaker José Ramón Larraz (Vampyres, Symptoms) comes this long-neglected late 80s slasher classic, finally unleashed for the first time ever! The rural community of Paddock County is being rocked by the crazed exploits of an axe-wielding psychopath, who stalks the night in a b...

  • Vampyres

    A duo of blood-hungry female vampires prowls the British countryside, from where they lure unsuspecting male motorists back to their imposing, dilapidated mansion for draining... in more ways than one.

  • The Coming of Sin

    A young gipsy girl experiences a violent sexual awakening as her dreams of a naked young man on horseback become reality.

  • Deadly Manor

    1990 • Spain • Directed by José Ramón Larraz

    An old, dark house... A maniac on the loose... An orgy of bloodlust!

    All the hallmarks of late master of Spanish macabre José Ramón Larraz (Edge of the Axe, Vampyres) are present and correct in 1990's Deadly Manor - the final horror movie from one o...