Severin Films has really been doing an amazing job with their Blu-ray releases over the last year. And if their new titles are any indication 2018 is going to be a Steller year for film collectors courtesy of Severin Films. The latest entry in their collection is The Sadist of Notre Dame, directed by Jess Franco. With that part said, this is not a film for the kids. And its presented here fully uncut.
Sadist of Notre Dame is the story of a priest named Mathis Vogel (played by Jess Franco himself) who breaks out of the looney bin and decides to go on a murdering rampage. But not just a standard murdering rampage, no Mathis kills for God. He takes it upon himself to stalk and kill sinful women in the name of God.
He writes about this as well, well not the killing part otherwise he would probably go to jail. He send them to a local porno magazine where he meets a girl who works there named Annie. She digs is writing and takes him to an old castle that houses orgies and sex shows. As this is sinful behavior Mathis simply has to kill everyone there.
Surprisingly very low on blood and gore the film does lay on the nudity and sexual situations to give it a full exploitation euro trash feel. Sure there are a few grizzly kills but not a ton to keep an average horror fan happy. Fans of Franco's other works however will enjoy this.
Franco, to his credit does a fantastic job portraying Mathis as a sleazy pervert yet still a religious zealot. Its a shame he didn't spend a little more time delving into the characters past as the film feels rushed running only a lean 99min. Don't get me wrong its a good 99min, jus could have been more. I know a lot was taken and re-edited from his Exorcism film but I hoped he would have added more character backstory.
Severin has done a fantastic job with this transfer Nothing looks faded or washed out as the colors all pop out at you. The audio is cleaned up to perfection as well, and the haunting score bellows from your speakers. They even loaded this release up with Special Features
The Gory Days Of Le Brady – Documentary Short On The Legendary Parisian Horror Cinema
These Franco films, like I said are not for kids, and they definitely are not for everyone. If your a fan of his work however the transfer alone on this Blu-ray is enough to make you want it. As films like this go its actually well made, and very good
Overall 2.5 out of 5 Stars