The Coming of Sin (1978)

Director:José Ramón Larraz Producer:José Frade Story by:Monique Pastrynn Screenplay by:José Ramón Larraz  Cinematography:Fernando Arribas  Edited by:Guillermo S. Maldonado Running time:1h 33min Country:Spain Language:Spanish Genre:Thriller  Subtitle:none Starring: Patricia Granada ... Lorna (as Patrice Grant), Lidia Zuazo ... Triana (as Lydia Stern),
Rafael Machado ... Chico (as Ralph Margulis)
, David Thomson ... Malcolm (as David Thompson)

    A superstitious, illiterate young gypsy servant girl comes to live with a solitary female artist at her country chateau. The girl has recurring nightmares of a naked man on horseback assaulting and abusing her. As the artist takes the girl under her wing, an sensuous relationship develops between them. At the same time, the naked horseman begins to appear in reality. The girl, convinced that he represents her doom, resists him; but the artist is intrigued and a bizarre erotic triangle is established.

sumptuous, sensuous, symbolic
Author: goblinhairedguy from Montreal
13 February 2004

Here''s another sumptuous-looking, highly atmospheric and sensuous fantasy from Spanish art-exploitation director Larraz, who was responsible for Vampyres, the finest of modern vampire movies. The scenes are bathed in soft-focus greens and ochres, emphasising the dreamlike pastoral setting and highlighting the players'' striking emerald and almond eyes. The three main characters are gorgeous in unique ways, the Spanish guitar score is a perfect complement to the mood, there is one memorable surrealistic image, and the story is absorbing and quite unpredictable. Only the rather arbitrary ending is a let-down. A perfect example of the heights reached by 70s Euro-fantasy, with psychological and cultural subtexts intensifying the conventions of the erotic and horror genres.

The lady, the gypsy and the horseman

Author: andrabem from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
20 July 2008

Lorna is a young painter living by herself in the countryside. A couple friend on their way to London leave Triana (a shy black-eyed gypsy girl) with her. Triana has terrible nightmares in which a naked man on a horse pursues her. And these nightmares show to be grounded on reality when the horseman materializes in real life. Triana and Lorna become more and more attached to each other... and the horseman breaks into their lives. Triana feels repulsion for him and Lorna feels curiosity. A fortune teller had told Triana that a horseman would appear in her life and that when she gave in to him, a tragedy would occur. Bizarre love triangle!

The story is stylishly told. Creative cameras show the countryside, the house and the high grasses surrounding it, the dream sequences, the wind moving the clothes on the clothes line, the river, the small animals hopping around, and to crown it all, beautiful erotic scenes. All this is punctuated by a beautiful soundtrack of Spanish guitars.

Classic Spanish pictures of naked women, a flamenco dance that will be a prelude for things to come, a gypsy party.... "La visita del vicio" (The coming of sin), like the countryside and people it portrays, is dreamy, erotic and atmospheric.

Hard to find Euro-trash classic

Author: tom-286 from A remote cabin in the wilderness
28 April 2000

Good luck tracking this one down at BlockBuster (that''s a laugh!) or any other local video store. Joseph Larraz''s long lost slice of Euro-trash is a must see for lovers of decadent cinema, but your only hope is to hook up with a collector who''ll no doubt supply you with a poorly dubbed, multi-generation copy. Still, this sick puppy is about as sleazy as it gets (the composite version I saw even contained some hardcore sex scenes), yet manages to tell a rather engaging story about a gypsy orphan girl who comes to stay at a lonely widow''s villa and keeps her "company" in more ways than she bargained for. Throw in a naked dude on horseback, a few surreal dream sequences and an assortment of sex, sex and more sex (with a little violence thrown in for good measure), and it all adds up to a highly unforgettable viewing experience. Alas, the only way you''ll ever get to see it is by posting a trade request on alt.video.tape-trading.