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Bloody Moon

Bloody Moon
Original German theatrical poster
Bloody Moon
Directed by Jesús Franco
Produced by Wolf C. Hartwig
Written by Rayo Casablanca
Starring Olivia Pascal
Christoph Moosbrugger
Music by Gerhard Heinz
Cinematography Juan Soler
Edited by Karl Aulitzky
Christine Jank
Distributed by Gold Internacional Films
Inter-Light Video
Release dates
  • March 27, 1981 (1981-03-27)
Running time
85 min.
Country West Germany
Language German

Bloody Moon (German: Die Säge des Todes, literally "The Saw of Death"; also known as The Bloody Moon Murders) is a 1981 German slasher film directed by Jesús Franco.

It is one of the infamous "Video Nasties" to be banned in the United Kingdom in the early 1980s.


Miguel, a young man with a horribly disfigured face, attempts to trick a girl into sex by pretending to be someone else. When this fails he brutally hacks up the young woman with a pair of scissors. After the crimes, Miguel is institutionalized at a mental asylum for five years.

When his sentence is finished, he is released into the care of his sister, Manuela. Along with their invalid Aunt, his incestuous sister Manuela operates a boarding school for young women, called Europe's International Youth-Club Boarding School of Languages, on the Spanish resort of Costa Del Sol.

Miguel is intrigued by Angela, a long-haired brunette, whom he first saw on the train ride from the sanitarium. The creepy Miguel follows her around.

Miguel meets with Manuela to request that they resume their incestuous relationship. She reminds him that it was this relationship that made him emotionally unstable five years earlier. She says they cannot be a couple because nobody understands them: "Only if we could get rid of everyone, then things could go back to the way they were."

Later, Angela's friends are killed one by one. One, while topless, is skewered from behind by a 12-inch knife that exits her right nipple. Another is coerced by a romantic and masked Spaniard who insists on tying her up in an abandoned lumber mill (which according to her is "kinky,") and is decapitated with a large power saw, an effect complete with ample squirting blood from her neck. A young boy is run over midsection by a Mercedes. Another friend is strangled by smoldering fireplace tongs. There is also the real decapitation of a snake. When the girls start to turn up missing, nobody believes Angela that there's a killer on the loose. She had seen the corpse of one girl, and it was gone as soon as she went for help. Confused and scared, Angela finally looks for help from the people who run the school.


  • Olivia Pascal as Angela
  • Christoph Moosbrugger as Alvaro
  • Nadja Gerganoff as Manuela
  • Alexander Waechter as Miguel
  • Jasmin Losensky as Inga
  • Corinna Drews as Laura
  • Ann-Beate Engelke as Eva
  • Peter Exacoustos as Antonio
  • Antonia García as Elvira
  • Beatriz Sancho as Nieto
  • María Rubio as Countess Maria Gonzales
  • Otto Retzer as Bueno
  • Jesús Franco as Doctor


The film was made available on DVD for the first time in the United States by Severin Films in 2008.[1] This version restores all of the gore scenes, including the infamous circular saw, beheading scene.[2]


Bloody Moon was received favourably by DVD Verdict.[3]


  1. ^ "Bloody Moon (DVD)". Retrieved 2011-04-18. 
  2. ^ "Bloody Moon (DVD) review". Retrieved 2011-04-18. 
  3. ^ Sullivan, Gordon (3 November 2008). "DVD Verdict Review – Bloody Moon". DVD Verdict. Retrieved 9 December 2014. 

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