Speed Review: The Deathhead Virgin (1974) - No Moro Please! November 26, 2018 08:00

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Treasure divers Larry Alden and Frank Cutter discover the wreckage of a 1800's Spanish ship off the coast of the Philippines, full of pearls and priceless coins, but they also find the skeleton of captured Moro princess who was tortured and raped by Spanish invaders.  By disturbing the wreckage they release her spirit to rise again and seek revenge, for punishment she requires the scalps of eight virgins, which is procured through Frank who is controlled by the amulet he took from her remains.

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Aside from Stoney, which was bearable solely because of Barbara Bouchet, I've found it immensely difficult to find a film made in the Philippines that's remotely any good.  Unfortunately The Deathhead Virgin continues that trend, as an incredibly boring film that should be re-titled The Deadhead Divers.  Half the film is Larry and Frank getting drunk or simply wandering around looking for each other.  The deathhead virgin (Kim Ramos) is sorely underused, saved for one underwater attack near the end where she comes at Larry completely nude (I'm sure that was fun to film), and a few brief beach scenes at night where she somehow found a pair of underwear (that probably wasn't supposed to make the shot)!  Only by the help of fast forward did I manage to make it through this mess of a film.  If someone spent the time editing out about an hour of what can only be described as the actors' filming their vacation (which clearly was filler to get them to a ninety minute mark), you'd be left with thirty minutes that might be at least watchable as a short.

2/10

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