Directed by: José Ramón Larraz
Stars: Christian Borromeo, Alexandra Bastedo, Emilio Gutiérrez Caba
Also known as: Estigma
Description: The death of Sebastian’s father engenders in him pathological fears and hallucinations. His death wishes seem to cause horrible accidents, which he is unable to control. When his older brother dies, he feels that he has caused it. He undergoes hypnosis, but his apparent supernatural powers continue. As his own life nears its end, he becomes even more violent and sadistic.
This horror as well as semi-exploitation movie deals with a young named Sebastian who kills unintentionally . A real chiller in which the involuntary death of Sebastian (Christian Borromeo)’s father engenders in him telekinetic talents . His accidental death wishes seem to carry out terrible accidents , which are impossible to stop . Sebastian is overprotected by his mother (Helga Line who played various films for Larraz) and he is infatuated for her . Later on , Sebastian meets Angie (Alexandra Bastedo), brother’s girlfriend , who works at a bookshop . When his older brother (Emilio Gutierrez Caba still nowadays successfully playing) suffers a car crash , he unleashes his fantastic skills and feels that he has caused it . He undergoes hypnosis by a clairvoyant (Irene Gutierrez Caba , sister’s Emilio) to control his nasty thoughts but his apparent supernatural powers continue . As his own life nears its end and not being able to avoid his hallucinations , he becomes even more violent and sadistic . Realizing he’s been a killer , Sebastian seeks answers , as the young with psychic powers attempts to find out the rare events leading to an old mansion in bloody results which ends in death .
This frightening movie deliberately told contains thrills , chills , suspense and lots of violence and some gore , including obnoxious executions . Jose Ramon Larraz master of arty gore and soft-core , brings this eerie and stylish story plagued with twisted intrigue , mediums , telekinetic powers , nudism and depraved gore murders . This is a Spanish exploitation from American slashers , possession’s sub-genre and Brian De Palma , Dario Argento films . As Jose Larraz takes here and there from ¨Palma’s Carrie¨ , ¨Palma’s The Fury¨ , and the possession’s theme about person possessed by old time spectres or ghouls from ¨Michael Winner’s The Nightcomers¨ and ¨Don Sharp’s Dark places¨. Sometimes weak screenplay is added to well-staged murders and some gory special effects . Strange acting by Christian Borromeo as a young with pathological fears and considerable telekinetic powers which he is unable to control . Pretty good support cast formed by usual actors of the 60s 70s who starred a lot of Spaghetti Western and terror movies such as Craig Hill , José María Caffarel , Antonio Molino Rojo , Annabella Incontrera and special mention to Helga Liné .