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Jess Franco-philes
Topic by: JKaminskiJr
Posted: January 16, 2004 - 10:24 AM PST
Last Reply: April 17, 2004 - 3:38 PM PDT

author topic: Jess Franco-philes
JKaminskiJr
post #1  on January 16, 2004 - 10:24 AM PST  
...and I know you're out there! Can anyone please recommend some of his "better" flicks?
sinisterguffaw
post #2  on January 16, 2004 - 3:21 PM PST  
Hey, me too! I'm just starting to get into his films, but a heads up on which to see first would be great.
AReviewer
post #3  on January 16, 2004 - 8:53 PM PST  
"Tender flesh"

http://www.greencine.com/webCatalog?id=6419
ColonelKong
post #4  on January 17, 2004 - 9:03 AM PST  
I haven't seen very many Jess Franco films (and a couple didn't improve signifigantly on watching a blank screen for 90 minutes) but one that I did like is 1962's The Awful Doctor Orloff. It's a pretty good B&W horror movie that fans of Mario Bava would probably dig.
JKaminskiJr
post #5  on January 20, 2004 - 2:33 PM PST  
On January 16, 2004 - 8:53 PM PST AReviewer wrote:
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> "Tender flesh"
>
> http://www.greencine.com/webCatalog?id=6419
> ---------------------------------

Yes that's one that I HAVE just seen and it's the flick that actually got me interested in some of his other flicks...pretty outrageous!


loucyphre
post #6  on April 11, 2004 - 5:47 PM PDT  
I'm a huge Franco fan but be prepared, his films aren't for everyone. Forgive me for not linking to the films but I have no idea how to do that from these forums yet. Here's some ones to look out for.

First off, my absolute favorite Franco film is Eugenie de Sade (not to be confused with Eugenie: Her Journey Into Perversion, which is also good). It's a very disturbing film and too often overlooked in my opinion. Has this gone out of print? I have a copy that I think was released by VCI. But when I just did a quick search, I couldn't find it.

The Awful Dr. Orloff - Cited as Franco's "first" film, although technically it wasn't. I actually have a review of this at my Horror Express site and I cover some Franco stuff in it - http://www.horrorexpress.com/filmreview.php?id=276

Vampiros Lesbos is his most well known film and one of his more accesible. Chances are if you dig this one, you'll dig a lot of his other stuff too.

The Diabolical Dr. Z and The Sadistic Baron Von Klaus are a lot of fun and another great early film with his hyper-poetic imagery.

Female Vampire is practically porn. In fact, there is a hardcore version but not on Region 1 DVD. But still, it's an unsettlingly beautful film with a meserizing score.

No one gives near enough credit to She Killed In Ecstasy, an amazing and heartbreaking film.

A Virgin Among the Living Dead is a Franco take on a certain cult classic (you should figure out which one midway through), but is also a great one.

Exorcism is a verrry nice bit of 70s sleaze and Synapse's restoration from all the prints is something else.

Justine is pretty good, but you may be surprised. The film is very tame. A lot of people hated Lust for Frankenstein, with many comments thrown at Lina Romay being too old for nude scenes. Personally, I enjoyed the film a great deal, existing somewhere in between his campy films and more emotional films.

If you're just looking for brainless fun, you may want to check out Killer Barbys or Mari-Cookie and the Killer Tarantula (a.k.a. Eight Arms to Love You) Also, his two contributons to the Fu Manchu franchise were recently released on DVD.

On the flipside, many people have said wonderful things about Succubus and Faceless but both films leave me a little cold. Succubus just gets too pretencious and Faceless feels so generic, it almost doesn't feel like a Franco film. Also, Jack the Ripper is nothing to write home about, despite the presence of Klaus Kinski. I hear the Special Edition DVD is great though. Oasis of the Zombies and Zombie Lake are for completists only. And with over 180 films to his credit, all existing in different versions, it's not easy being a Franco completist.

Of course, there are many Franco films that have not yet seen DVD.

I really need to catch up. Here are the Franco DVDs I have yet to watch: The Bloody Judge, Broken Dolls/Helter Skelter, The Devil Came from Askava (Maybe I just love Edgar Wallace or Soledad Miranda, but I really want to see this), Dr. Orloff's Monster, The Girl from Rio, Ilsa the Wicked Warden, Incubus, Nightmares Come at Night (I didn't even know this one was out until I just checked the list!), Revenge of the House of Usher, Sadomania, Tender Flesh, Two Undercover Angels (Actually, this one should be in the mail), Vampire Blues, Vampire Junction, Virgin Report and X-312: Flight to Hell. Gah, and I call myself a cult movie fan!!!

sinisterguffaw
post #7  on April 11, 2004 - 11:00 PM PDT  
When you see Virgin Report, let me know what you think. I saw it and thought it was strange and funny, although quite disjointed and hard to follow. The whole documentary thing was quite a humorous way to present things.

I know there were a LOT of "Report" movies coming out of Europe (mostly Germany if memory serves) in the seventies. Did Franco do any other such films, or is Virgin Report the only one?
AReviewer
post #8  on April 13, 2004 - 3:56 PM PDT  
>with many comments thrown at Lina Romay being too old for nude scenes.

What annoys me the most about Lina Romay, and, consequently, all Franco's movies, is her English. I can't understand a single word of what she's saying. I would prefer to hear her dubbed or to read subtitles.
loucyphre
post #9  on April 14, 2004 - 5:54 PM PDT  
> On April 11, 2004 - 11:00 PM PDT sinisterguffaw wrote:
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> When you see Virgin Report, let me know what you think. I saw it and thought it was strange and funny, although quite disjointed and hard to follow. The whole documentary thing was quite a humorous way to present things.
>
> I know there were a LOT of "Report" movies coming out of Europe (mostly Germany if memory serves) in the seventies. Did Franco do any other such films, or is Virgin Report the only one?
> ---------------------------------

Will do!

I don't see any record of him directing any of the "report" films from the 1970s, which is a surprise since he directed everything else. Who knows, maybe he was trying to catch up. Of course, he may have directed one and the information just isn't available right now. After all, not even Franco can remember all the films he has done.
EPetersen
post #10  on April 15, 2004 - 3:51 PM PDT  
Jess Franco is truly one of a kind. One Franco film I'd love to see released on DVD is Pick-Up Girls, (I don't know if it was released under other titles) which is a detective thriller - Franco style.

In Pick-Up Girls, a sexy woman hires a private detective to find... her missing penis! She used to be a man, and is love with a guy who would freak out if he found out that she used to be a he. Unfortunately, a nasty blackmailer has her penis in a jar, and threatens to expose her secret. Can our detective find the lady's purloined pickled pecker in time?

Now there's something you'd never see on Mike Hammer. :o)
loucyphre
post #11  on April 17, 2004 - 3:38 PM PDT  
> On April 15, 2004 - 3:51 PM PDT EPetersen wrote:
> ---------------------------------
>
> In Pick-Up Girls, a sexy woman hires a private detective to find... her missing penis! She used to be a man, and is love with a guy who would freak out if he found out that she used to be a he. Unfortunately, a nasty blackmailer has her penis in a jar, and threatens to expose her secret. Can our detective find the lady's purloined pickled pecker in time?
>
> Now there's something you'd never see on Mike Hammer. :o)
> ---------------------------------

Although, you've gotta admit it would hilarious to see Stacey Keach tip-toe around the issue.

PICK-UP GIRLS is one of the Franco films I've always wanted to see and never have. As you can imagine, the tape tends to go for pretty high prices on eBay and I was always outbid.

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