Welcome all you wild cats and cool kittens to the Saturday Night Spooktacular down here in The Dungeon, Post #1013, to be precise, which means it's time to break out something that is the epitome of what we're trying to present around here in sound and pictures, another Jesus Franco Freakfest for your late nite Breakfast, a film that has been released under various titles, like "Night of the Assassins" or in this case, "Night Of The Skull!"
Well, actually they meant Rubber Skull Mask, and the guy wearing it is really pissed off, as you can tell!
The composer of the music for this film was Maestro Carlo Savini, a brilliant man, who also worked with the other Euromaster of horror, Mario Bava, on films like "Lisa E Il Diavolo!" His other film work includes a crazy palette of movies ranging from "Kill The Poker Player" and "Naked Girl In The Park" to "School Of Erotic Enjoyment" and "Thirteenth Is A Judas" just to mention a couple!
The story is an amalgamation of thoughts from the team of Edgar Allen Poe, Edgar Wallace, and Jesus Franco, or was it really John Willard and James P. Johnson? Probably nobody really knows except Jess Franco!
Just a simple question. Would you have sex with this version of Yelena Samarina?
We've seen him before as Morpho, but in this film, the renown Luis Barboo has the role of Rufus!
Just like in Edgar Wallace's "The Terror" there is the reading of a will, and the one subsequent character unhappy with the outcome! Mildly Giallo and Gothic in nature, "Night Of The Skull" is actually a pretty straight ahead affair for being a Jess Franco flick!
The killer has a penchant for literature, and likes to play by the rules of "The Apocalypse," and the first line reads, "Earth to bury us!" or Tierra Para Enterrarnos!
"Wind to scourge us!" Vendaval Para Arrasarnos!!
"Water to drown us." Agua Para Ahogarnos!!!
"Fire to burn us!" Fuego Para Incinerarnos!!!
They intentionally left out the line, "Wine to drunk us!" Vino Para Beber Con Nosotros!!!
Now this is some freaky-deaky crapola!
What are you talking about? There aren't any zombies in this movie!!
The line of the century! And what if they hadn't been, then what kind of trouble would you be in??
Very few of Jess Franco's main squeeze, Lina Romay's roles are as innocent as she is here, as Rita Derian, and boy, is that an understatement!
"I woke up in a Soho doorway, a policeman knew my name, He said you can go sleep at home tonight, if you can get up and walk away, I staggered back to the underground, and the breeze blew back my hair, I remember throwin' punches around, and preachin' from my chair!" - Pete Townsend
And finally a big shout out to Tabonga's little button-pushin' buddy!! The little guys behind the scenes never get enough credit! This one's for you pal!!