Las crueles (1969)

Spain, 1969
95m (Spanish cut version); 108m
35mm film, Eastmancolor
mono, Spanish

A Spanish horror film directed by Vicente Aranda.


Directed by: Vicente Aranda
Films Montana S.A. (Madrid), Marstan Productions
Producers: Sidney Pink, Stanley Abrams
Screenplay: Vicente Aranda, Antonio Rabinad
Director of Photography: Juan Amorós
Editor: Maricel Bautista, Bautista Treig
Music: Marco Rossi
Make-up: Adolfo Ponte
Special Effects: Antonio Ballester
Art Director: Andrés Vallvé
Locations: Barcelona, Cataluña, Spain; Estartit, Girona, Cataluña, Spain; Sitges, Barcelona, Cataluña, Spain

José María Blanco (the writer)
Capucine (Lucia Fonte)
Teresa Gimpera (editor’s wife)
Carlos Estrada (editor)
Alicia Tomás (the secretary)
Judy Matheson (Esther)
Luis Ciges (functionary)
Joaquín Vilar, Santiago Satorre (children)
Víctor Israel (porter)
Miguel Muniesa (postman)
Luis Induni (commissioner of police)
Eduardo Doménech (chauffeur)
Manuel Bronchud
Francisco Jarque
Ignacio Melecilla
André Argaud
Carlos Miguel Solá
Joaquín Navales

Alternative Titles

El cadáver exquisite – alternative title
The Cruel Ones – USA
The Cruel Women
The Exquisite Cadaver
The Exquisite Corpse

Extracts included in
Twisted Sex Vol. 18 (1998)



  • Celulóide vol.12 no.140 (August 1969) p.15 – review
  • Cinema of the ’70s no.1 (2020) pp.69-75 – illustrated interview with Judy Matheson (Judy Matheson: An interview by Ian Taylor)
  • Film Ideal no.214-215 (1969) pp.133-136 – credits, review
  • Variety 3 March 1971 p.22 – credits, synopsis, review
  • Video Watchdog no.88 (October 2002) pp.13-15 – illustrated review (by Tim Lucas)


  • The Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Horror by Phil Hardy (ed.) p.230-231
  • Euro Gothic: Classics of Continental Horror Cinema by Jonathan Rigby pp.208, 256, 389
  • Horror and Science Fiction Films IV by Donald C. Willis p.100
  • Reference Guide to Fantastic Films by Walt Lee p.81 – credits