Las garras de Lorelei (1974)

35mm film, Eastmancolor, 2.35:1
mono, Spanish

A Spanish horror film directed by Amando de Ossorio.

Plot Summary

The Lorelei lurks in a cave beneath the river Rhein in Germany, emerging every full moon night to transform into a blood-sucking reptile-like monstrosity. But when she targets a nearby girl's boarding school, a hunter named Sirgurd is hired to kill her.


Director: Amando de Ossorio
C.C. Astro, Profilmes S.A.
Executive Producer: Ricardo Muñoz Suay, Ricardo Sanz
Producer: José Antonio Pérez Giner
Script/Story: Amando de Ossorio
Assistant Director: Paulino González
Director of Photography: Miguel Fernández Mila
2nd Camera Operator: Fernando Espiga
Assistant Camera: Francisco Beringola
Editor: Antonio Gimeno
Music: Antón García Abril
Make-up: Lolita Merlo [real name: Dolores Merlo], José Luis Morales
Special Effects: Alfredo Segoviano, Amobaq
Set Decorators: Cruz María Baleztena, Alfonso de Lucas
Set Dresser: Pepita Morales
Production Assistant: Ramón Escribano
Locations: El Carcán, Madrid, Spain; Madrid, Madrid, Spain; Rhine, Germany; Torrelodones, Madrid, Spain; River Alberche, Madrid, Spain
Studio: Ballesteros

Tony Kendall [real name: Luciano Stella] (Sirgurd)
Helga Liné (Lorelei)
Silvia Tortosa (Elke Ackerman)
Josefina Jartin (Principal)
Loli Tovar (Alumna)
Joseph Thelman
Luis Induni (Mayor)
Francisco Nieto
Betsabé Ruiz
Luis Barboo (Alberic)
Ángel Menéndez (professor)
Sergio Mendizábal (doctor)
Marisol Delgado (Brigitte)
Victoria Hernández (Teresa)
Mary Vidal [real name: María Vidal] (maid)
Javier de Rivera (preacher)
Antonio Orengo (old man)
Cristino Almodóvar (boat man)

Alternative Titles

L'abbraccio mortale di Lorelei – Italy
Grasp of the Lorelei
The Lorelei's Grasp
When the Screaming Stops – USA


Cinefantastique vol.10 no.2 (Autumn 1980) p.43
The legend of the Lorelei, mermaid-like sirens supposed to inhabit the Rhine, is updated with a dash of mad labs science fiction and gory low-budget Spanish horror. The legend bets maimed in the process […] [T]he film exhibits not even basic competence let alone stylishness seen in director Ossorio's early tetralogy devoted to “The Blind Dead” – from a review by Frederick S. Clarke



  • Cine Español no.1 (1975) – review
  • Cinefantastique vol.10 no.2 (Autumn 1980) p.43 – review (by Frederick S. Clarke)
  • Cineinforme no.243 (March 1976) pp.12, 14 – review
  • Monster! no.25 (January 2016) pp.9-10; 11-16; 115-116 – illustrated review (by Richard Glenn Schmidt); illustrated review (by Les “Slowpoke” Moore); note


  • The Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Horror by Phil Hardy (ed.) p.254
  • Euro Gothic: Classics of Continental Horror Cinema by Jonathan Rigby p.266
  • Hoffman's Guide to SF, Horror and Fantasy Movies 1991-1992 p.150 – credits, review
  • Sex, Sadism, Spain and Cinema by Nicholas G. Schlegel pp.152-155 – illustrated essay
  • Unsung Horrors by Eric McNaughton & Darrell Buxton (eds) pp.282-283 – illustrated review (by Daniel García de Leániz)
  • Video Dungeon: The Collected Reviews by Kim Newman p.112