October 12th THE FRENCHMAN'S GARDEN (1978) Juan Andrés Aldije (Paul Naschy) owns an inn near Seville during the early 20th century. Business is pretty steady between the bar, gambling, and prostitutes he manages along with his right hand man José (José Calvo). As if that weren't enough to stay busy, the duo continue to murder and rob wealthy people. The corpses get buried in the garden. Needless to say, Juan spends ample time tending to his secret project - especially in the late night hours. His wife Elvira (Julia Saly) knows nothing about the murders or the fact that he is screwing all of the prostitutes on the payroll. What she does know is that Juan spends a lot more time in the damn garden than with her. When this title was first announced by Mondo Macabro, my interest level was rather low. I have seen some of Paul Naschy's films without monsters and enjoyed them. At first under the impression this was just a standard historical drama, I later read further to see that this was in fact a serial killer film based on actual events. Be prepared for a slower paced story, no getting around that compared to most of his horror output. Naschy gets to act more in this one, bringing to life a human monster with barely any redeeming qualities. Julia Saly appeared in many Naschy films, also playing his wife in Panic Beats (1983) and the vampire Countess Bathory in Night of the Werewolf (1981) among others. Paul Naschy films are spread out between a number of different labels. Mondo Macabro does the best work of them all. A new commentary track along with two Naschy interviews are included in the bonus materials.