Reviewed byHumanoidOfFleshVote: 8/10/10
"A Dragonfly for Each Corpse" along with "Blue Eyes of a Broken Doll"is unquestionably the best Spanish giallo of early 70's.Paul Naschyplays Inspector Scaporella,who investigates a series of brutal murderscommitted by mysterious Dragonfly Killer.He or she kills variousdegenerates,drug users and prostitutes in Milan.The killer isparticularly merciless as he axes to death one man and two women duringone episode of mass murder.His or her trademark is to leave dragonflyor a high-fashion button on the bodies of freshly slaughteredvictims.It seems that he killer's modus operandi is reminiscent of theancient sect of the Caldeans...Trashy and campy giallo with severalsadistic killings and a healthy dose of sleaze.Naschy performance ispretty over-the-top and it's nice to see Eurohorror regular Erica Blancin her another outrageous role.8 out of 10.
Reviewed byRed-BarracudaVote: 7/10/10
A Dragonfly for Each Corpse is quite unusual in that it is a Spanishmovie filmed in Italy. More specifically, it tries to pass itself offas an Italian giallo. By the time this had been released thisparticular sub-genre had already past its peak years but itscharacteristics were so well established by that point that they couldbe mimicked quite easily. This film doesn't just copy the conventionsof the genre; it also goes to the trouble of setting its action inMilan to make it seem even more like a true Italian product.
Its director was León Klimovsky who made quite a lot of genre pictures,including the impressive Vampire's Night Orgy (1974). In this one, hedirects the top Iberian horror actor of the day, Paul Naschy. Thischunky leading man appeared in many genre pics and in this instance heplays a cynical, violent cop who investigates a serial murder case. Thekiller's calling card is a wax dragonfly left on the corpses of thevictims, all of whom are considered 'degenerates'. Interestingly,Naschy's detective actually seems to sympathise with the killer'sobjectives for the most part! Anyway, what follows is a violent andsleazy whodunit, where the mystery killer batters their way through thecast via a variety of slaughter methods.
The mystery here is, as is typical for the genre, somewhat convolutedwith quite a large selection of suspects/victims. It's not a badmystery though, even if it might be a bit heavy on the policeprocedural side of things. Admittedly it does end with a particularlybiscuit-taking lack of explanation for the mayhem that we have justspent the last 90 minutes witnessing and the unmasking of the killer issomewhat underwhelming too. But this is not really a deal-breaker giventhat gialli in general often put very little effort into this side ofthings. On the other hand, there is a pleasing selection of salaciouscontent sprinkled throughout to keep things interesting such as violentmurders, completely gratuitous nudity, a seedy plot-line and astupendously silly set-piece where one character tries to make agetaway on a roller-coaster car! So all-in-all, a pretty enjoyablemovie with the requisite lack of political correction and an abundanceof of-its-time fashions that make these films so much fun.
Reviewed byThe_VoidVote: 7/10/10
A Dragonfly for Each Corpse is a Spanish take on the popular Italianthriller known as the Giallo, and stars prolific Spanish horror starPaul Naschy. The Giallo was well established by 1974, and it's clearthat director León Klimovsky knew this; as his film continuallyattempts to imitate the Italian films...but this isn't really aproblem, as many of the actual Italian productions imitate each other,and it has to be said that the director hasn't done a bad job of makinga non-Italian Giallo. The central plot theme has been seen in cinemamany times before this film was released, and many times after; infilms like Dario Argento's Tenebrae, and popular American thriller'Seven'. We follow a killer who has taken it upon himself to clean upthe streets, by picking off everyone that offends his eye. Histrademark is a dragonfly, which is left at the scene of each crime,thus earning the killer the name 'The Dragonfly Killer'. We focus onthe police investigation into the killings, which is lead byhard-bitten copper Inspector Scaporella.
By keeping the focus away from the murders and more on theinvestigation, director León Klimovsky has passed up on the opportunityof making a really interesting movie. The way that the investigation ishandled isn't bad, and there's enough intrigue generated to see itthrough; but the way that the film is handled takes the attention awayfrom the murders...which is never good in a film like this. There is afair amount of blood in this film, however, but it never reaches thehighs that you'd expect it to given the splatter at the beginning. PaulNaschy manages to put in a good performance as the cop at the centre ofthe story, but some of the rest of the cast bring it down; and the filmsuffers from far too many nuisances with the script, which gets alittle too ridiculous too many times. By far the biggest problem withthe film comes at the conclusion. Giallo's are infamous for not makinga lot of sense and leaving things wide open...but there's barely anexplanation at all here, and it's a shame because it could have beenthe highlight. But even so, this is entertaining enough; and thehilarious roller-coaster getaway ensures that I won't be forgetting itsoon.
A killer is cleaning up the streets of Milan by murdering those considered as deviant. An ornamental dragonfly, soaked in the blood of the victim, is left on each body.