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Title: Jess 'Jesus' Franco
Post by: Jonny on 25 Oct 2007 - 21:09
I must admit that I'm not a fan of Jess Franco. I've nodded off more than a few times whilst watching his films. Saying that though I've enjoyed the hell out of many of his movies, I love his take on 'Dracula' starring Chris Lee, plus I didn't zone out when I watched 'Venus in Furs'...


Jess Franco. This is the place to say how you feel.... No room here for personal bitching, lets try and be grown up about this please?
Title: Re: Jess 'Jesus' Franco
Post by: Stephen Grimes on 25 Oct 2007 - 21:13
While he's mad some fairly dire movies(Zombie Lake,Oasis of the Zombies etc) he's also made some fantastic ones with fairly good budgets like Love Letters of a Portuguese Nun which is a classic,also Les Demons with it's witchburning and inquisition subject matter and the great Erotic Rites of Frankenstein.
Title: Re: Jess 'Jesus' Franco
Post by: MarcMorris on 25 Oct 2007 - 21:21
It's unfortunate that most people judge him on a few poor Eurociné produced movies, which were better distributed -thus more easy to come by - during the 80s and 90s than his far more accomplished movies.

Luckily though with the advent of DVD, Franco has become the most represented director in the world on disc. His best stuff for me is that of the last Sixties and most of his Seventies output. There's just something about his movies that has me hooked.
Title: Re: Jess 'Jesus' Franco
Post by: Mart85 on 25 Oct 2007 - 21:25
I don't mind a bit of Jess.  Thought SHE KILLED IN ECSTASY and VAMPYROS LESBOS were class.  THE DEVIL CAME FROM AKASAVA and FLIGHT TO HELL weren't up there with the previous two but were good fun.    Oh and SADOMANIA is a sleazy as fuck WIP that in some parts has a spaghetti western vibe.  I haven't touched OASIS OF THE ZOMBIES....
Title: Re: Jess 'Jesus' Franco
Post by: Jonny on 25 Oct 2007 - 21:27
I think the film that unites casual fans of Jess Franco with the hardcore affiliates is 'Sinner'

Everyone likes 'Sinner', it's got the 'Blue Phantom' soundtrack plus the delights of Anne Libert, Jaqueline Libert, Mona Proust...
Title: Re: Jess 'Jesus' Franco
Post by: Stephen Grimes on 25 Oct 2007 - 21:29
Thought SHE KILLED IN ECSTASY and VAMPYROS LESBOS were class. 
Agreed mate,also like Jack the Ripper and Justine with the great Klaus Kinski,i also don't mind some of his WIP efforts like Love Camp,99 Women etc.
Title: Re: Jess 'Jesus' Franco
Post by: Mart85 on 25 Oct 2007 - 21:37
Yeah I liked JACK THE RIPPER and 99 WOMEN (has a great title song as well).  Not seen JUSTINE but I'm sure I've got it.  Will have to check it out.

That said I watched BLUE RITA a few months back and I was bored.
Title: Re: Jess 'Jesus' Franco
Post by: Jonny on 25 Oct 2007 - 21:38
Luckily though with the advent of DVD, Franco has become the most represented director in the world on disc. His best stuff for me is that of the last Sixties and most of his Seventies output. There's just something about his movies that has me hooked.

What I find most exciting is the fact that I've not watched hardly any of Jess's output. I've read about them and heard all the flack that people give them... Just never got round to actually watching them for myself.
Title: Re: Jess 'Jesus' Franco
Post by: Stephen Grimes on 25 Oct 2007 - 21:39
I think the film that unites casual fans of Jess Franco with the hardcore affiliates is 'Sinner'

Everyone likes 'Sinner', it's got the 'Blue Phantom' soundtrack plus the delights of Anne Libert, Jaqueline Libert, Mona Proust...
Never managed to see this,i remember the ultra collectable Go tape at fairs and it being way out of my price range.
Title: Re: Jess 'Jesus' Franco
Post by: Jonny on 25 Oct 2007 - 21:43
Never managed to see this,i remember the ultra collectable Go tape at fairs and it being way out of my price range.

'Sinner' on GO! Is still a desirable tape, it's a good film though too.
Title: Re: Jess 'Jesus' Franco
Post by: Gary B. on 26 Oct 2007 - 01:35
Zombie Lake
that was Jean Rollin's debacle...under the pseudonym J.A. Lazer! 
Title: Re: Jess 'Jesus' Franco
Post by: Gary B. on 26 Oct 2007 - 01:41
Not seen JUSTINE but I'm sure I've got it.  Will have to check it out.
JUSTINE is my favorite all time Franco film.  It's kind of over-long though, so if you fall asleep the first time, definitely give it another chance!  Jack Palance is priceless (and completely drunk), and the whole film is pretty over the top with great characters.  A line-less Klaus Kinski plays the Marquis De Sade (he is shown for short parts of the film, before a new part of the story starts, pacing around, and acting completely weird in a prison cell).
Title: Re: Jess 'Jesus' Franco
Post by: Mart85 on 26 Oct 2007 - 08:27
Jack Palance completely drunk?  Sold!  :-\
Title: Re: Jess 'Jesus' Franco
Post by: broonage on 26 Oct 2007 - 08:55
I watched Girl from Rio last week.

I found myself snoozing off throughout. I had to brew a Nescafe to wake me up.

Saying that, he has done some great little numbers.
I always get confused by why he prefers to speak French rather than his native Spanish.
Title: Re: Jess 'Jesus' Franco
Post by: Stephen Grimes on 26 Oct 2007 - 09:35
that was Jean Rollin's debacle...under the pseudonym J.A. Lazer!  
You're right mate,i always associate this with Franco for some reason though i think he had some involvement.
Jack Palance completely drunk?  Sold!  :-\
He's hilarious,proper overacting and being very loud :-\
Title: Re: Jess 'Jesus' Franco
Post by: MarcMorris on 26 Oct 2007 - 10:59
I've just checked my database and I currently own  424 Franco tapes / discs!

Then there are the posters, pess books and stills...
Title: Re: Jess 'Jesus' Franco
Post by: Stephen Grimes on 26 Oct 2007 - 11:28
I've just checked my database and I currently own  424 Franco tapes / discs!

Then there are the posters, pess books and stills...
You need to do another book Marc,plenty of material there for a good one on Franco plus you know all there is too know about the man.
Title: Re: Jess 'Jesus' Franco
Post by: Peter Neal on 26 Oct 2007 - 14:23
"Bloody Moon" was a somewhat bad start for me when I set out to check out some Franco back in the 90's. His Erwin C. Dietrich produced efforts have certainly raised my appreciation of him though, with "Love Letters of a Portugese Nun" as a clear favourite.

"Les Demons" is superb too and I'm glad I got the "X Rated" DVD with the three alternate cuts. ;)

Speaking of "X Rated": I just feel somewhat sorry for him that he got involved with Bethmann's "Rossa Venezia", probably the very worst "horror" movie I've seen in the last 10 years. :o
(Well, I guess he knew what he got himself into, but anyway...that's how I felt when watching his cameo.)
Title: Re: Jess 'Jesus' Franco
Post by: Stephen Grimes on 26 Oct 2007 - 15:06
"Les Demons" is superb too and I'm glad I got the "X Rated" DVD with the three alternate cuts. ;)
It sure is a lovely release,i think they issued 3 or 4 different hardboxes though i only bought the one.
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Title: Re: Jess 'Jesus' Franco
Post by: Kevin Coed on 26 Oct 2007 - 15:08
I've got the one on the left.


Edit : That's a lie. The one I've got isn't shown.
Title: Re: Jess 'Jesus' Franco
Post by: crunchermcnut on 26 Oct 2007 - 16:44
I'm down with uncle Jess. His films have a certain asthetic that just works for me. I'm aware he's made a lot of crap, so I try to do a little research on his films before I buy them. Thankfully thus far I've managed to avoid anything truly dire.
Title: Re: Jess 'Jesus' Franco
Post by: Richard C on 26 Oct 2007 - 18:19
I have a love/ hate relationship with Franco. Some like VAMPYROS LESBOS I've grown to like but sorry Mart I thought JACK THE RIPPER was awful..... I've only seen one of his later films and it was appalling - KILLER BARBYS or something along those lines (I've tried to forget it...)
Title: Re: Jess 'Jesus' Franco
Post by: Mart85 on 26 Oct 2007 - 18:26
No need to apologise.  I ain't a rabid Franco fan.  :D

I've wanted to see the KILLER BARBYS films for a while because they've got Aldo Sambrell and Peter Martell in them but never got round to it.  Don't know if I'll ever bother because I've only heard bad things about them.
Title: Re: Jess 'Jesus' Franco
Post by: Richard C on 27 Oct 2007 - 14:50
No need to apologise.  I ain't a rabid Franco fan.  :D

I've wanted to see the KILLER BARBYS films for a while because they've got Aldo Sambrell and Peter Martell in them but never got round to it.  Don't know if I'll ever bother because I've only heard bad things about them.
Trust me you aren't missing much. It probably contains the worst fake sex scene EVER!
Title: Re: Jess 'Jesus' Franco
Post by: Mart85 on 27 Oct 2007 - 15:32
Cheers,  Yeah I doubt I'll bother with it.
Title: Re: Jess 'Jesus' Franco
Post by: sadystyk on 29 Oct 2007 - 10:26
No need to apologise.  I ain't a rabid Franco fan.  :D

I've wanted to see the KILLER BARBYS films for a while because they've got Aldo Sambrell and Peter Martell in them but never got round to it.  Don't know if I'll ever bother because I've only heard bad things about them.
Killer Barbys is currently selling for £1 in Poundland. As a cure for insomnia thats not too bad. 
Title: Re: Jess 'Jesus' Franco
Post by: Mart85 on 29 Oct 2007 - 14:37
I'm gonna have look for that next time I'm in town.  Thanks sadystic.  ::)
Title: Re: Jess 'Jesus' Franco
Post by: sadystyk on 30 Oct 2007 - 10:36
Sadisterotica is one of my fav Franco movies, it's the companion piece to Kiss Me Monster which also stars Janine Reynaud and Rosanna Yanni as the Red Lips detective duo. When a number of models disappear, their likenesses featuring in a series of pop art paintings which show them being killed, the Red Lips detective agency is called in to investigate. It turns out that a sinister painter, played by Adrian Hoven, is hiring young girls to pose for him and then setting his wolfmanlike assistant Morpho on them. Well made and good fun with a great musical score from Jerry Van Rouyen, this is quintessential 60's Franco. Unfortunately the UK dvd release of this is best avoided as the usually reliable Anchor Bay have put out a dark, colourless, full frame version that's considerably inferior to the old Redemption vhs.   
Title: Re: Jess 'Jesus' Franco
Post by: broonage on 30 Oct 2007 - 11:28
I saw his version of Dracula with Mr. Chris Lee this morning in a newsagent for 13 EUROS. Almost bought it.

I'll wait.
Title: Re: Jess 'Jesus' Franco
Post by: LANZETTA on 11 Nov 2007 - 22:44
I caught a large chunk of Franco's FEMALE VAMPIRE on the Movies4men channel last week.It was quite dull really but the lead totty vampire character walking around wearing nothing but  a cape and belt was very pleasant to look at. 8)
Title: Re: Jess 'Jesus' Franco
Post by: Johan Melle on 12 Nov 2007 - 08:10
I think when Franco is at his absolute best, then he's really, really good. At the same time I think that when Franco is at his worst, he can put of some truly horrible films. The thing with Franco's filmography is that it's so immense and can be divided into several different periords. I guess we all have one or more periods from his filmography that we prefer over the others. I myself prefer his late 60s and early 70s films. They are all to my great liking and I'm particularly fond of his Harry Alan Towers period. His films from this era are very inspired and polished. Back then he wasn't making around 15 movies a year, and thus he had more time to really work on each individual film.

But for me one of the best things about Franco are his interviews as seen on various dvd releases. He's got to be one of the most loveable and intriguing interviewees I've ever seen. It's always extremely interesting to listen to what he has to say and he's obviously far more intellectual and well-read than what many of his detractors would have you thinking. Simply a great character! Wish I had a crazy, old uncle like him! Just imagine all the colorful family dinners!  ::)

Title: Re: Jess 'Jesus' Franco
Post by: sadystyk on 13 Nov 2007 - 10:03
I'm a big fan of Franco's Venus In Furs and have the Blue Underground release which I'm very happy with. I was wondering how the Redemption release measures up, anybody seen it? 
Title: Re: Jess 'Jesus' Franco
Post by: bloodvamp on 23 Dec 2007 - 05:20
The Diabolical Dr Z was enjoyable, really creepy and well filmed. anybody like this?
Title: Re: Jess 'Jesus' Franco
Post by: magnus on 23 Dec 2007 - 09:31
I´m an periodical Francophile... the old obsession hits me once in awhile and i´m back on my conviction that noone makes films so totally in my taste as old Jess... For sure he has made a few that not even a mother can like, specially the last couple of decades, the ones from KILLER BARBIES and on is something i´ll save for the very last.... but honestly i allways seem to find something i like in most all of his films, even the all-spanish 80ies detective/erotic/comedys.
Fortunally i have from the start settled for one version of any film and never begun upgrading to dvd when they started to get released, or i would have drowned in Franco-films.
As it is i have 147 films by him, many only on copy, so still missing about ten-fifteen.
Marc; have you managed to get hold of all his films? Even the elusive LABIOS ROJOS and SEX CHARADE??
Title: Re: Jess 'Jesus' Franco
Post by: JoseADiego on 23 Dec 2007 - 11:21


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Title: Re: Jess 'Jesus' Franco
Post by: cyclonaut on 26 Dec 2007 - 21:58
I have not seen many of his movies.  I just watched three Dr. Orloff movies.

The Awful Dr. Orloff, Dr. Orloff's Monster and Orloff Against The Invisible Man.  The last of which was not even directed by Franco and was actually the most fun.  The Awful Dr. Orloff looked the best though.

I enjoyed them all, but am hoping there is something better later in his body of work.
Title: Re: Jess 'Jesus' Franco
Post by: MarcMorris on 08 Apr 2008 - 11:39
OK, I've kept it quiet for long enough!

Severin will be issuing Jess Franco's THE DEVIL HUNTER and BLOODY MOON on DVD!

Title: Re: Jess 'Jesus' Franco
Post by: Jonny on 08 Apr 2008 - 11:41
Hehe! I thought as much! Whenever you decide to sell a rare VHS it's a sure sign that a DVD is on the way
Title: Re: Jess 'Jesus' Franco
Post by: Kevin Coed on 08 Apr 2008 - 11:46
OK, I've kept it quiet for long enough!

Severin will be issuing Jess Franco's THE DEVIL HUNTER and BLOODY MOON on DVD!



Cracking news. When's the due date?
Title: Re: Jess 'Jesus' Franco
Post by: MarcMorris on 10 Apr 2008 - 12:01
Bloody Moon and The Devil Hunter:

http://www.severin-films.com/news.html
Title: Re: Jess 'Jesus' Franco
Post by: zykl0nb on 13 Apr 2008 - 07:22
Looking forward to seeing a proper version of THE DEVIL HUNTER.  I've only seen it via an awful awful bootleg.
Title: Re: Jess 'Jesus' Franco
Post by: Michael Blanton on 26 Apr 2008 - 00:48
Unfortunately the UK dvd release of this is best avoided as the usually reliable Anchor Bay have put out a dark, colourless, full frame version that's considerably inferior to the old Redemption vhs.

There's a nice Region 1 NTSC two disc special edition by Blue Underground called the RED LIPS DOUBLE FEATURE that has 1.66:1 anamorphic transfers of  KISS ME MONSTER and TWO UNDERCOVER ANGELS.

For me Jess Franco's films are like the difference between dreaming and sleeping.  some of his films are surreal, trippy and dreamy while others just put you to sleep.

My favorite trippy, surreal, dreamy Franco fims are: VENUS IN FURS; THE AWFUL DR ORLOFF; DIABOLICAL DR. Z; THE SADISTIC BARON VON KLAUS; SUCCUBUS; JUSTINE; SADOMANIA; THE GIRL FROM RIO; EUGENIE; JACK THE RIPPER; COUNT DRACULA; DEVIL'S ISLAND LOVERS; EXORCISM; FACELESS; 99 WOMEN; NIGHT OF THE SKULL; LOVE LETTERS OF A PORTUGUESE NUN; and any film with Soledad Miranda, SHE KILLED IN ECSTACY; VAMPYROS LESBOS; NIGHTMARES and EUGENIE DE SADE.
 
Title: Re: Jess 'Jesus' Franco
Post by: Peter Neal on 29 Apr 2008 - 17:25
....and any film with Soledad Miranda, SHE KILLED IN ECSTACY; VAMPYROS LESBOS; NIGHTMARES and EUGENIE DE SADE.


I only recently watched "She Killed in Ecstasy" and fell immediately in love with Soledad Miranda ;) ;) ;)
Unfortunately she passed away way too early.... :-[


Franco is the guy if you're looking for some quick, weird and sexy movie fun. ::)
Title: Re: Jess 'Jesus' Franco
Post by: Michael Blanton on 13 May 2008 - 22:21
I learned over at mhvf.net that Yesterday was Jess Franco's B-Day!

Here are links t a couple of Feliz cumpleaños  :P for Jesus from bloggers Robert Monell and Tim Lucas.

http://robertmonell.blogspot.com/2008/05/happy-birthday-jess-franco.html

http://videowatchdog.blogspot.com/2008/05/cumpleaos-felices-jess-franco.html

Title: Re: Jess 'Jesus' Franco
Post by: ecc on 14 May 2008 - 00:27
My favorite is NIGHTMARES COME AT NIGHT.
Title: Re: Jess 'Jesus' Franco
Post by: Michael Blanton on 14 May 2008 - 03:12
My favorite is NIGHTMARES COME AT NIGHT.

Great film in general, and one of Franco's best.

Great atmosphere. :'(
Title: Re: Jess 'Jesus' Franco
Post by: ecc on 14 May 2008 - 03:24
For a long time, my favorites were VENUS IN FURS, VIRGIN AMONG THE LIVING DEAD, and SUCCUBUS (along with the two EUGENIEs when they first hit DVD).  Those are still favorites but the previously lost NIGHTMARES COME AT NIGHT was a revelation with its almost non-existent budget, handful of actors, striking locations, patchwork score, and genuinely dreamy atmosphere.
Title: Re: Jess 'Jesus' Franco
Post by: Michael Blanton on 14 May 2008 - 03:35
My favorites would be VENUS IN FURS; THE AWFUL DR ORLOFF; DIABOLICAL DR. Z; THE SADISTIC BARON VON KLAUS; SUCCUBUS; EUGENIE and any film with Soledad Miranda, SHE KILLED IN ECSTACY; VAMPYROS LESBOS; NIGHTMARES COME AT NIGHT and EUGENIE DE SADE.
Title: Re: Jess 'Jesus' Franco
Post by: Michael Blanton on 25 Jul 2008 - 03:49
Anyone ever compared the DVDs in Jess Franco Collection Vol.2 vs. The Severin discs.  Any cuts on the British discs?

Thanks in advance!  ::)
Title: Re: Jess 'Jesus' Franco
Post by: MarcMorris on 25 Jul 2008 - 09:44
All are uncut in the UK box set, although Anchor Bay stupidly forgot to include some of the supplied extras.
Title: Re: Jess 'Jesus' Franco
Post by: Inspector Tanzi on 25 Jul 2008 - 10:13
although Anchor Bay stupidly forgot to include some of the supplied extras.
or maybe they didn't want to run them through the bbfc becuase of extra costs
Title: Re: Jess 'Jesus' Franco
Post by: MarcMorris on 25 Jul 2008 - 12:40
No, they really did forget they had them - half of the discs have them, half don't. When I called to tell them I was met with .. Oh, really? - nevermind"
Title: Re: Jess 'Jesus' Franco
Post by: Inspector Tanzi on 25 Jul 2008 - 13:07
No, they really did forget they had them - half of the discs have them, half don't. When I called to tell them I was met with .. Oh, really? - nevermind"
they weren't that bothered then
Title: Re: Jess 'Jesus' Franco
Post by: Michael Blanton on 25 Jul 2008 - 15:09
half of the discs have them, half don't.

Marc:

Are the ones they remembered to include the same extras as the Severin discs or different?

Thanks, again
Title: Re: Jess 'Jesus' Franco
Post by: Hans on 26 Jul 2008 - 19:08
I love Franco.  I'm a huge fan of all of the Soledad Miranda flicks, especially Eugenie de Sade.  I've got Bloody Moon and Devil Hunter on pre-order.  I really loved Cannibals w/Al Cliver and Sabrina Siani.  Of course, the man gives some of the most entertaining interviews ever.  There are very few filmmakers which I can say that I've only seen about fifty of his films. ;D
Title: Re: Jess 'Jesus' Franco
Post by: Michael Blanton on 26 Jul 2008 - 21:32
There are very few filmmakers which I can say that I've only seen about fifty of his films. ;D

True!  ;D
Title: Re: Jess 'Jesus' Franco
Post by: JoseADiego on 06 Dec 2008 - 10:44


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Title: Re: Jess 'Jesus' Franco
Post by: ecc on 06 Dec 2008 - 11:14
AL OTRO is another good one (avoid the French and Italian versions).  I have a DVDR of the Spanish version but its probably quite a few generations down from the tape release.  This one needs subs.
Title: Re: Jess 'Jesus' Franco
Post by: Zarith on 18 Sep 2009 - 14:16
I just read an interview of Gérard Kikoïne in the French magazine "L'Ecran Fanstatique".

Kikoïne was the editor of The Perverse Countess, Lorna the Exorcist, Dolls for Sale and The Lustful Amazons. He his also the director of Buried Alive and Edge of Sanity.

Here's a rough translation of a very interesting part of the interview:

EF: "You began your career as an editor, working on many Jesus Franco films. What do you remember of these movies?"

Gérard Kikoïne: "(...) I always received the copies in strange circumstances. They were mute, shot without any soundtrack, the Italian way. For every film I was given a black and white working version, with only 2 pages of script, explaining the story. There was no dialog at all. I had absolutely nothing! We had to figure out the dialogs, it was sometimes totally absurd!"

EF: "Jesus Franco wasn't there during the editing?"

Gérard Kikoïne: "No. And that is just unbelievable! Jesus Franco was staying in Spain. I was dealing with the French producer, Robert de Nesle. He gave me the copies (...) and 2 little pages, saying: "Here Gérard, the story...". We had the name of the character, but we could change them. (...) We took the images and made something out of it... Concerning Franco, Even if I worked on many of his films, I never saw him. For the dubbing we had to invent everything."


 ::) VIVA FRANCO!
Title: Re: Jess 'Jesus' Franco
Post by: TheMissus on 19 Sep 2009 - 20:56
While he's mad some fairly dire movies(Zombie Lake,Oasis of the Zombies etc) he's also made some fantastic ones

I thought Jean Rollin directed Zombie Lake? Or have i lost my marbles? I quite liked that.

Anyway, Jess introduced me to Lina Romay, which can't be a bad thing.  8)
Title: Re: Jess 'Jesus' Franco
Post by: ecc on 20 Sep 2009 - 00:48
While he's mad some fairly dire movies(Zombie Lake,Oasis of the Zombies etc) he's also made some fantastic ones

I thought Jean Rollin directed Zombie Lake? Or have i lost my marbles? I quite liked that.

Anyway, Jess introduced me to Lina Romay, which can't be a bad thing.  8)

Franco wrote ZOMBIE LAKE (or at least contributed storywise).  Direction was by both Jean Rollin and a Spanish director.  I can't remember his first name but I think his last name was Lasema (hence, J.A. Lazer in the credits).  There's a Video Watchdog interview with Marius and Daniel Lasoeur of Eurocine in which they mention ZOMBIE LAKE and Franco's involvement.
Title: Re: Jess 'Jesus' Franco
Post by: Michael Blanton on 20 Sep 2009 - 02:46
Jess introduced me to Lina Romay, which can't be a bad thing.  8)
+++1
Title: Re: Jess 'Jesus' Franco
Post by: Mario on 21 Sep 2009 - 13:47
I can't remember his first name but I think his last name was Lasema (hence, J.A. Lazer in the credits).

His last name was Lazerna.-
Title: Re: Jess 'Jesus' Franco
Post by: jack on 26 Sep 2009 - 01:38
Bloody Moon and Faceless are my two fave Franco films. What would have made Faceless even better would have been a lesbian encounter between Bridget Lahaie and Caroline Munro.Both films hold up well to repeat viewings.
Title: Re: Jess 'Jesus' Franco
Post by: Inspector Tanzi on 26 Sep 2009 - 16:50
What would have made Faceless even better would have been a lesbian encounter between Bridget Lahaie and Caroline Munro.
pervert
Title: Re: Jess 'Jesus' Franco
Post by: Michael Blanton on 26 Sep 2009 - 17:01
What would have made Faceless even better would have been a lesbian encounter between Bridget Lahaie and Caroline Munro.
pervert

Big time pervert!  :-*
Title: Re: Jess 'Jesus' Franco
Post by: Kevin Coed on 26 Sep 2009 - 17:06
What would have made Faceless even better would have been a lesbian encounter between Bridget Lahaie and Caroline Munro.
pervert

Big time pervert!  :-*

He's right though.
Title: Re: Jess 'Jesus' Franco
Post by: Michael Blanton on 26 Sep 2009 - 17:50
What would have made Faceless even better would have been a lesbian encounter between Bridget Lahaie and Caroline Munro.
pervert

Big time pervert!  :-*

He's right though.

100%!

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Title: Re: Jess 'Jesus' Franco
Post by: TheMissus on 27 Sep 2009 - 21:27
What would have made Faceless even better would have been a lesbian encounter between Bridget Lahaie and Caroline Munro.
pervert

Big time pervert!  :-*


He's right though.

I tend to find lesbianism improves just about every film though...
Title: Re: Jess 'Jesus' Franco
Post by: jack on 27 Sep 2009 - 23:18
LOLLLLLL :-\
Title: Re: Jess 'Jesus' Franco
Post by: Michael Blanton on 28 Sep 2009 - 00:43
What would have made Faceless even better would have been a lesbian encounter between Bridget Lahaie and Caroline Munro.
pervert

Big time pervert!  :-*


He's right though.

I tend to find lesbianism improves just about every film though...

No arguments here.  :-\
Title: Re: Jess 'Jesus' Franco
Post by: loops on 28 Sep 2009 - 12:14
Had me a Franco double bill of She Killed in Ecstasy and Women Behind Bars the other night. ::)

btw: if anyone was wondering what the bbfc cut from the Redemption vhs of Tender and Perverse Emanuelle well here is the info i got from the bbfc:


TENDER AND PERVERS EMANUELLE was classified '18' for video in 1994 with the following cut -

At 67 mins        -        In sex scene, remove all sight of man's erection and woman masturbating him and of man's hand in woman's crotch.
Title: Re: Jess 'Jesus' Franco
Post by: jack on 10 Oct 2009 - 16:32
Does anybody else turned on by Ajita Wilson? I know shes a transsexual but she has a fabulous body and is the reason i enjoyed Sadomania and Macumba Sexual. She comes off as a sultry ice goddess and melts into very convincing orgasmic scenes imo.
Title: Re: Jess 'Jesus' Franco
Post by: Michael Blanton on 10 Oct 2009 - 17:03
Does anybody else turned on by Ajita Wilson? I know shes a transsexual but she has a fabulous body and is the reason i enjoyed Sadomania and Macumba Sexual. She comes off as a sultry ice goddess and melts into very convincing orgasmic scenes imo.

I believe Kev Coed is.
Title: Re: Jess 'Jesus' Franco
Post by: Kevin Coed on 10 Oct 2009 - 17:18
Does anybody else turned on by Ajita Wilson? I know shes a transsexual but she has a fabulous body and is the reason i enjoyed Sadomania and Macumba Sexual. She comes off as a sultry ice goddess and melts into very convincing orgasmic scenes imo.

I believe Kev Coed is.

If it's got a hole and a backbone - I'd do it.
Title: Re: Jess 'Jesus' Franco
Post by: Michael Blanton on 10 Oct 2009 - 17:34
Does anybody else turned on by Ajita Wilson? I know shes a transsexual but she has a fabulous body and is the reason i enjoyed Sadomania and Macumba Sexual. She comes off as a sultry ice goddess and melts into very convincing orgasmic scenes imo.

I believe Kev Coed is.

If it's got a hole and a backbone - I'd do it.
The more holes the merrier.  :-*
Title: Re: Jess 'Jesus' Franco
Post by: Stephen Grimes on 10 Oct 2009 - 17:37
Does anybody else turned on by Ajita Wilson?
You might want to check out BOCCA BIANCA,BOCCA NERA,a hardcore effort from 1987 which also stars Marina Frajese.
Title: Re: Jess 'Jesus' Franco
Post by: loops on 12 Oct 2009 - 10:53
Does anybody else turned on by Ajita Wilson? I know shes a transsexual but she has a fabulous body and is the reason i enjoyed Sadomania and Macumba Sexual. She comes off as a sultry ice goddess and melts into very convincing orgasmic scenes imo.

I believe Kev Coed is.

If it's got a hole and a backbone - I'd do it.


Me Too! :-\
Title: Re: Jess 'Jesus' Franco
Post by: TEENAGER SIND NACKT on 12 Oct 2009 - 11:18

If it's got a hole and a backbone - I'd do it.

 :)   haahh   cheers  funniest bit on here in a long time
Title: Re: Jess 'Jesus' Franco
Post by: Kevin Coed on 12 Oct 2009 - 13:48
While he's mad some fairly dire movies(Zombie Lake,Oasis of the Zombies etc) he's also made some fantastic ones

I thought Jean Rollin directed Zombie Lake? Or have i lost my marbles? I quite liked that.

Anyway, Jess introduced me to Lina Romay, which can't be a bad thing.  8)

Franco wrote ZOMBIE LAKE (or at least contributed storywise).  Direction was by both Jean Rollin and a Spanish director.  I can't remember his first name but I think his last name was Lasema (hence, J.A. Lazer in the credits).  There's a Video Watchdog interview with Marius and Daniel Lasoeur of Eurocine in which they mention ZOMBIE LAKE and Franco's involvement.

Rollin himself gives a different account. I guess we'll never know the truth.

Text below from Fascination: The Jean Rollin Experience (http://requiemforjeanrollin.blogspot.com/)

Rollin himself summed up the story behind Zombie Lake very well to Peter Blumenstock in the pages of European Trash Cinema in 1993. He told Blumenstock, “Years ago, I wanted to go on vacation for a few weeks. The morning I wanted to leave, the phone rang. It was a guy from the Eurocine Company and he said, ‘Tomorrow morning we shoot a Horror movies but we have a little problem. The director, Jess Franco, is just not here. Nobody knows where he is. Are you interested?’” After receiving this very unexpected call, Rollin arrived on the set within the next day and as told to Blumenstock he, “took a look at the script and laughed for the next hour, and then shot the film in a very short time.” He also admitted to Blumenstock that, “It was only a technical direction”, and, “Due to the contract…they needed to use the name of a Spanish guy for the credits. They chose J.A. Lazer and what can I tell you, I didn’t care what name they used as long as it wasn’t Rollin!.”
Title: Re: Jess 'Jesus' Franco
Post by: TheMissus on 12 Oct 2009 - 19:41
Does anybody else turned on by Ajita Wilson? I know shes a transsexual but she has a fabulous body and is the reason i enjoyed Sadomania and Macumba Sexual. She comes off as a sultry ice goddess and melts into very convincing orgasmic scenes imo.

I believe Kev Coed is.

If it's got a hole and a backbone - I'd do it.

Wow, i feel so special. Thanks hun!   8)
Title: Re: Jess 'Jesus' Franco
Post by: Inspector Tanzi on 12 Oct 2009 - 19:43
Does anybody else turned on by Ajita Wilson? I know shes a transsexual but she has a fabulous body and is the reason i enjoyed Sadomania and Macumba Sexual. She comes off as a sultry ice goddess and melts into very convincing orgasmic scenes imo.

I believe Kev Coed is.

If it's got a hole and a backbone - I'd do it.

Wow, i feel so special. Thanks hun!   8)
Best to keep him away from them sheep  :D
Title: Re: Jess 'Jesus' Franco
Post by: Canisius on 15 Oct 2009 - 21:58
I am not the biggest Francophiliac. To get a better picture of his movies, I tried to score the "Obsession" book on Ebay (multiple times) but got outbid every f*****g time, it's really pricey now...
Title: Re: Jess 'Jesus' Franco
Post by: Gary B. on 15 Oct 2009 - 22:56
haha,,,

another really good (non-franco) Ajita Wilson movie is THE NUDE PRINCESS.  BLACK DEEP THROAT was OK too for those willing to plunge into the depths...
Title: Re: Jess 'Jesus' Franco
Post by: TEENAGER SIND NACKT on 16 Oct 2009 - 00:59
I thought the Nude Princess was great too.  Seconded there.
Title: Re: Jess 'Jesus' Franco
Post by: THE RITA HN on 07 Dec 2009 - 08:43
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They chose J.A. Lazer and what can I tell you, I didn’t care what name they used as long as it wasn’t Rollin!.

Years ago at the Cinemuerte horror film festival here in Vancouver, I tried to have Rollin sign my old big box copy of ZOMBIE LAKE.  He refused - and said he'd only sign it as J.A. Lazer (the whole time me thinking of Monica Swinn in the background scenes of his masterwork LE DEMONIAQUES).  I have so many old VHS copies of ZOMBIE LAKE; It's such a undeniable example of Eurocine that I can never resist surrounding me.  Only thing that comes close in virtual Eurocine perfection is  the qualities and atmosphere of ORLOFF AND THE INVISIBLE MAN. 
One of the most exciting things about fully being into the rhythm and flow of the Franco films is that it becomes highly addictive and leads onto other amazing examples of Eurocine directors such as Alain Payet and Pierre Chevalier. 
Title: Re: Jess 'Jesus' Franco
Post by: THE RITA HN on 07 Dec 2009 - 08:48
hands down though, i must say that Franco's most 'important' film is LULU'S BUTTONHOLE / LULU'S TALKING ASS (1986). 
Title: Re: Jess 'Jesus' Franco
Post by: cannibal man on 07 Dec 2009 - 23:57

 What would have made Faceless even better would have been a lesbian encounter between Bridget Lahaie and Caroline Munro.Both films hold up well to repeat viewings.
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YOUR A PERVIE FELLA JACK ;D ;D.
CAN'T STAND PERVERTS. :D

HAVE NOT SEEN MANY FRANCO FILMS.
ONLY BLOODY MOON AND FACELESS.
FACELESS WOULD BE THE BETTER FILM.
LOVE A FILM BASED IN A HOSPITAL.

FACELESS SCARES ME EVERYTIME I SEE IT.
THE SCENE AT THE END WHERE THEY BUILD A WALL SO NO ONE CAN FINDOUT WHAT HAPPENED THERE.
AND THE HYPODEMIC IN THE WOMANS EYE. BRILLIANT ENTERTAINMENT.
AND THE PART IN THE FILM WHEN U FIND OUT WHY THE FILM IS CALLED FACELESS.WOW!!
Title: Re: Jess 'Jesus' Franco
Post by: Bogan The Wanderer on 08 Dec 2009 - 04:17
I assume you guys have all heard the news about Mondo Macabro going Franco crazy next year with LINDA THE EXORCIST, SINNER and PERVERSE COUNTESS all getting a go, with more possible if those first three sell and the wankers on bittorrent don't eat up all of MM's sales by putting the fucking things online in the first week.  They should be good discs.
Title: Re: Jess 'Jesus' Franco
Post by: bdc on 08 Dec 2009 - 07:40
That's good news...and more to come!  ::)

I've been looking (for some time) for the complete pre-credit sequence of the Spanish version of The Sadistic Baron von Klaus.
I mean the murders which you see glimpses of in the trailer...
Just the pre-credit sequence would be great,I already own the French and US dvd.
I just love this very early Spanish giallo/krimi by Franco.


Title: Re: Jess 'Jesus' Franco
Post by: ecc on 08 Dec 2009 - 10:56
I assume you guys have all heard the news about Mondo Macabro going Franco crazy next year with LINDA THE EXORCIST, SINNER and PERVERSE COUNTESS all getting a go, with more possible if those first three sell and the wankers on bittorrent don't eat up all of MM's sales by putting the fucking things online in the first week.  They should be good discs.

The De Nesle titles are highly desirable but have been hard to obtain in decent shape through authorized sources (the German, US, and UK DVDs of DRACULA PRISONER OF FRANKENSTEIN and EROTIC RITES OF FRANKENSTEIN were sourced from Spanish elements with the former being incompletely letterboxed with the more completely letterboxed English version that appeared on Japanese tape, dubbed German VHS, and cropped US VHS seemingly unavailable).  Only LES DEMONS and FILLE DE DRACULA seemed to have been available in good-looking complete masters.

LINDA THE EXORCIST has been long available in a subtitled but poor looking version sourced from French SECAM and SINNER from the expensive Go Video precert (they also released semi-letterboxed editions of LES DEMONS and EROTIC RITES OF FRANKENSTEIN).  PERVERSE COUNTESS has been available in a few different versions including a poor looking subtitled French version and a Spanish-subtitled Italian version both with different hardcore inserts.  I'd love to see new transfers of these.

THE OTHER SIDE OF THE MIRROR in its Spanish version or its French version (with some nude shots of Emma Cohen) before hardcore re-editing would also be a welcome release as it is one of Franco's darkest films.

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I've been looking (for some time) for the complete pre-credit sequence of the Spanish version of The Sadistic Baron von Klaus.
I mean the murders which you see glimpses of in the trailer...
Just the pre-credit sequence would be great,I already own the French and US dvd.
I just love this very early Spanish giallo/krimi by Franco.

I don't think it has appeared in any of the Eurocine-sourced versions.  I used to have an old SECAM cassette of the film that also begins with the title sequence.  It is too bad that Eurocine did not restore the scene as the transfer of the feature is great (perhaps Eurocine does not own the rights to the Spanish version which would probably have far more complete credits and possibly some additional or replacement scenes).
Title: Re: Jess 'Jesus' Franco
Post by: Gary B. on 09 Dec 2009 - 03:22
hands down though, i must say that Franco's most 'important' film is LULU'S BUTTONHOLE / LULU'S TALKING ASS (1986). 
My thoughts exactly...I have a dvdr bootleg, but would love an official DVD of this.  Is there a Spanish disc available?  I hope more of Franco's 80s sleaze comes out on DVD ASAP.
Title: Re: Jess 'Jesus' Franco
Post by: ecc on 09 Dec 2009 - 03:53
I think LULU was one of the Spanish newstand DVDs.  Some of them were available through eBay.es some time ago (that's how I got GEMIDOS DE PLACER and SEXUAL STORY OF O although the latter disc was incompletely letterboxed compared to the beautiful Severin transfer).
Title: Re: Jess 'Jesus' Franco
Post by: THE RITA HN on 12 Dec 2009 - 08:31
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My thoughts exactly...I have a dvdr bootleg, but would love an official DVD of this.  Is there a Spanish disc available?  I hope more of Franco's 80s sleaze comes out on DVD ASAP.

I just have an old ETC vhs tape of the classic.  If you haven't checked it out already, the unofficial 'sequel' is UNA RAJITA PARA DOS.  Also recommended.
Talking about these titles keeps bringing me back to LE GRANDES EMMERDEUSES and visions of Stanford and Romay frolicking on a bed and talking directly to the screen.
Title: Re: Jess 'Jesus' Franco
Post by: Mr. Arkadin on 02 Jan 2010 - 01:10
As I said in another thread, Venus in Furs is all I've seen at this point, but I'm getting some ideas from this thread where I should go next. 

Incidentally, Turner Classic Movies (U.S.A.) recently showed this on their late night Underground film segment.  I posted a blurb on their message board promoting the film, only to be met with bewilderment (when they weren't being outright hostile).
Title: Re: Jess 'Jesus' Franco
Post by: Michael Blanton on 13 Jan 2010 - 03:51
Are DEMONIAC and EXORCISM the same film?  

Different cuts of the same film?  If yes, what's different?

Different films altogether?


(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51M6WT6KT4L._SS500_.jpg)(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41Z6B3TZ96L._SS500_.jpg)

http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/B0000BZNLZ/ref=ord_cart_shr?_encoding=UTF8&m=A3P5ROKL5A1OLE

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Exorcism-DVD-Region-US-NTSC/dp/B00005N90Q/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=dvd&qid=1263358134&sr=1-2

Title: Re: Jess 'Jesus' Franco
Post by: Bogan The Wanderer on 13 Jan 2010 - 05:48
Same film I believe though you can probably find minor differences - the major reshoot/re-edit of that movie came out later as THE SADIST OF NOTRE DAME.  I'm sure Marc or others could offer more accurate info if need be.
Title: Re: Jess Jesus Franco
Post by: Wim C. on 09 Mar 2010 - 12:44
Last Friday I had the chance to do an interview with Jess Franco in Brussels - was a joy to listen to the man. I have to admit though, I sometimes sat there nodding in agreement while only understanding a word here and there - some parts I could only figure out the next day when transcribing the interview wearing headphones, the volume turned to 10 and my finger on the rewind button - haha :

http://www.cultfilmsenkutfilms.com/extras/jess_franco.html

Hope you'll enjoy reading it.

Title: Re: Jess 'Jesus' Franco
Post by: loops on 09 Mar 2010 - 13:48
Great interview :'(
Title: Re: Jess 'Jesus' Franco
Post by: jack on 18 Apr 2010 - 20:14
Did anyone attend Chiller in Parsippany NJ this weekend? Caroline Munro was there and it was a delight talking with her. Shes still a very hot woman.
Title: Re: Jess 'Jesus' Franco
Post by: Michael Blanton on 18 Apr 2010 - 21:09
Did anyone attend Chiller in Parsippany NJ this weekend? Caroline Munro was there and it was a delight talking with her. Shes still a very hot woman.

Would've love to have been there, but unfortunately, I live in NW Washington state.  Sniff, ...just wasn't in the cards.
Title: Re: Jess 'Jesus' Franco
Post by: ecc on 29 May 2012 - 18:47
COUNTESS PERVERSE (http://www.dvdbeaver.com/film4/dvd_reviews57/countess_peverse.htm) at DVDBeaver
Title: Re: Jess 'Jesus' Franco
Post by: Kevin Coed on 01 Feb 2014 - 15:04
Anyone have any idea where I can order the Ascot Elite BD of MARQUISE VON SADE from? Aside from d&t (can't get any of my credit cards to work there for some reason), beyond-media and diabolikdvd?


Thanks!
Title: Re: Jess 'Jesus' Franco
Post by: Luca Canali on 02 Feb 2014 - 11:17
Anyone have any idea where I can order the Ascot Elite BD of MARQUISE VON SADE from? Aside from d&t (can't get any of my credit cards to work there for some reason), beyond-media and diabolikdvd?


Thanks!


This seller has a couple for sale and ships to the UK.


http://www.ebay.de/sch/m.html?_odkw=&item=121245900917&_osacat=0&_ssn=bambo_2000&_trksid=p2046732.m570.l1313.TR2.TRC0.A0.Xmarquise&_nkw=marquise&_sacat=0&_from=R40 (http://www.ebay.de/sch/m.html?_odkw=&item=121245900917&_osacat=0&_ssn=bambo_2000&_trksid=p2046732.m570.l1313.TR2.TRC0.A0.Xmarquise&_nkw=marquise&_sacat=0&_from=R40)
Title: Re: Jess 'Jesus' Franco
Post by: Kevin Coed on 02 Feb 2014 - 13:14
Hmmm.... His prices are s bit steep. Thanks for that though.
Title: Re: Jess 'Jesus' Franco
Post by: Inspector Tanzi on 02 Feb 2014 - 13:24
Hmmm.... His prices are s bit steep. Thanks for that though.
Proper steep. I wonder why amazon.de doesn't have it?
Title: Re: Jess 'Jesus' Franco
Post by: Kevin Coed on 02 Feb 2014 - 13:26
German Index title, it's hardcore.
Title: Re: Jess 'Jesus' Franco
Post by: Funktion on 02 Feb 2014 - 14:13
For Franco collectors, I'm not sure if everyone is aware, but there's a Spanish BD of Al Pereira Vs. The Alligator Ladies, with English subtitles.
http://www.amazon.es/gp/product/B00DCNMNAM (http://www.amazon.es/gp/product/B00DCNMNAM)
Title: Re: Jess 'Jesus' Franco
Post by: Kevin Coed on 25 Aug 2014 - 12:01
Coming in November.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/aw/d/1907222316/ref=redir_mdp_mobile?keywords=stephen%20thrower&qid=1408904145&ref_=sr_1_1&sr=8-1

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Title: Re: Jess 'Jesus' Franco
Post by: Jonny on 25 Aug 2014 - 15:32
Coming in November.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/aw/d/1907222316/ref=redir_mdp_mobile?keywords=stephen%20thrower&qid=1408904145&ref_=sr_1_1&sr=8-1

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Looking forward to this, I'm not a big fan of Jess Franco but I do like Stephen Thrower so I'm thinking his writing may help me appreciate the films more.
Title: Re: Jess 'Jesus' Franco
Post by: Kevin Coed on 25 Aug 2014 - 15:42
I wasn't too fussed on his Fulci book but Nightmare USA was an absolute delight to read. His giddy enthusiasm really came through in that one.
Title: Re: Jess 'Jesus' Franco
Post by: DjangoLi on 25 Aug 2014 - 20:07
Understanding Jess Franco, lesson 1:

Jess Franco - good filmmaker up until the late 1960's, films are well produced, well acted, have decent budgets, industry is doing well.

His career after this period is made up of one utterly shit film after the next. The only thing funnier than laughing at how inept his films are is the plethora of pseudo-intellectual bullshit written about them by academics. I suspect it's mostly an excuse to watch some saggy tits and shaggy beavers in front of the wife with the excuse that it's "art"

To quote producer Harry Alan Towers "Jess Franco shouldn't be allowed to direct traffic."

Lesson 2, see lesson 1.

I'm sure this book will sell well - and, if it's a more down-to-earth appraisal of his films I'd be interested. If it's a Freudian analysis of what colour socks he was wearing on the second day of the Devil Hunter shoot and how it affects the neo-Marxist ideology imbued in the film, then I'll pass.  :P

 

Title: Re: Jess 'Jesus' Franco
Post by: Kevin Coed on 26 Aug 2014 - 07:57
WRONG!
Title: Re: Jess 'Jesus' Franco
Post by: Collins on 26 Aug 2014 - 10:38
Ill pick this one up for sure. I havent seen much of earlier work apart from Orloff but have a genuine appreciation for some of his 80s output. Dont understand why he gets such a bad rep really, theres far worse directors making bad films and wasting more money than Franco ever had at his disposal.
Title: Re: Jess 'Jesus' Franco
Post by: DjangoLi on 26 Aug 2014 - 21:47
WRONG!

EXPLAIN

 ::)
Title: Re: Jess 'Jesus' Franco
Post by: DjangoLi on 26 Aug 2014 - 22:03
Ill pick this one up for sure. I havent seen much of earlier work apart from Orloff but have a genuine appreciation for some of his 80s output. Dont understand why he gets such a bad rep really, theres far worse directors making bad films and wasting more money than Franco ever had at his disposal.

Had a quick look at his filmography over on IMBD

It's a tough one, the only film of his from the 1980's that sticks out like a sore thumb is Faceless - that's not a bad film, great cast, well shot - but I can't say it was something that left any kind of impression on me. It's just another horror film... certainly not the best the 1980's had to offer by a wide margin.

What else is there? Looking at his 1980's films that I've seen...

I fell asleep through Fall of the Eagles (1989) not that long ago.

La Sombra del Judoka Contra el Doctor Wong (1985) is a bizarre anomaly, a Bruce Lee exploitation flick 10 years after the fad had worn off, here's a clip - complete with shaky zooms and some of the worst hand-held camera work this side of an alcoholics convention:

La sombra del judoka contra el doctor Wong - Clip (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0JIf3YNd3pw#ws)

Then there's Devil Hunter:

Sexo Canibal (Devil Hunter) (性感食人族)) (Jess Franco, 1980) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OedqumhlxkA#)

Dude with ping-pong balls strapped to eyeballs = devil.

Cannibals (White Cannibal Queen)

Mondo Cannibale (White Cannibal Queen) (Jess Franco, Francia, España, 1979) - Official Trailer (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JjoNISg7Avc#)

Notable for Al Cliver's arm being strapped to his back to show that it's been dismembered - saw this one years ago, I remember absolutely nothing about it.

Then there's a stack of cheap porn made around these films and throughout the decade - most (sorry, all) of them on a budget of about £2.

Come on guys, tell me what I'm missing here? Apart from Faceless (a fluke by all accounts) where are the diamonds in the rough that I'm not seeing?

No, don't mention Bloody Moon - that's another one that got turned off about 30 minutes into viewing, mostly because it was boring as fuck. This user comment from IMDB sums up how I feel about it:

"This movie is basically the infamous Jess Franco having a go at the American-style slasher films that were big in the early 80's, and what's most remarkable about it is how unremarkable it is."
Title: Re: Jess 'Jesus' Franco
Post by: babybreese on 26 Aug 2014 - 23:35
Understanding Jess Franco, lesson 1:
Jess Franco - good filmmaker up until the late 1960's, films are well produced, well acted, have decent budgets, industry is doing well.  His career after this period is made up of one utterly shit film after the next.

For me the late 60's is where Franco starts peaking.  The Towers produced films, then into the Soledad Miranda period, the horror / monster fling in 1972 onto the Lina Romay phase.  I love the next 3-4 years but by 1976 I start to lose interest am done around 1980 or so.  Starting with SUCCUBUS in 1967 he started moving away from the convention language of film, more and more depending on who was producing.  By the time he hooked up with Lina, this got looser & less conventional.  By the end of 1973 he's shot his first hardcore film & the next couple years are tremendously packed with greatness, but by 75/76 things ( for me ) start getting repetitive , less innovative & overly indulgent.  Plus Lina Romay starts beefing up, despite only being in her early 20's. ???  So after 1976 or so I'm pretty much with you on this.


Thrower is very engaging & interesting / entertaining on the Franco segments he's done for the Video Nasty releases.
I am very much looking forward to his book, wish it were a tiny bit less expensive.
Title: Re: Jess 'Jesus' Franco
Post by: Inspector Tanzi on 27 Aug 2014 - 00:32
I've liked most of the ones I've seen that were in the 60's and 70's, some of the 80's stuff is alright but post Faceless I find most of them quite hard to sit through.
Title: Re: Jess 'Jesus' Franco
Post by: DjangoLi on 27 Aug 2014 - 23:23
Understanding Jess Franco, lesson 1:
Jess Franco - good filmmaker up until the late 1960's, films are well produced, well acted, have decent budgets, industry is doing well.  His career after this period is made up of one utterly shit film after the next.

You know, I'm with you - I'll bump up my break-off point to around the same time (around the mid-1970's)


For me the late 60's is where Franco starts peaking.  The Towers produced films, then into the Soledad Miranda period, the horror / monster fling in 1972 onto the Lina Romay phase.  I love the next 3-4 years but by 1976 I start to lose interest am done around 1980 or so.  Starting with SUCCUBUS in 1967 he started moving away from the convention language of film, more and more depending on who was producing.  By the time he hooked up with Lina, this got looser & less conventional.  By the end of 1973 he's shot his first hardcore film & the next couple years are tremendously packed with greatness, but by 75/76 things ( for me ) start getting repetitive , less innovative & overly indulgent.  Plus Lina Romay starts beefing up, despite only being in her early 20's. ???  So after 1976 or so I'm pretty much with you on this.


Thrower is very engaging & interesting / entertaining on the Franco segments he's done for the Video Nasty releases.
I am very much looking forward to his book, wish it were a tiny bit less expensive.


Which now makes Stephen Thrower's book suddenly very appealing to me. I've been a humble fan of his writing since Eyeball issue 2 way back when. He is a great writer, I just hope he doesn't go all academic on us and keeps it more like Nightmare USA and less like his Fulci tome.

As for the price, I assume it's because these books are of such marginal interest.

Title: Re: Jess 'Jesus' Franco
Post by: Russell22 on 28 Aug 2014 - 07:36
Franco is a very sporadic director for me. Whilst I largely agree his best films were from the 60's and early 70's, I do have a soft spot for some of his later work. "Faceless" is probably the best of his 80's output, though i do love "Oasis of the zombies" too - even though i realise it's not a very well made film. I can't say I've seen much of his stuff post 80's tbh.
Title: Re: Jess 'Jesus' Franco
Post by: Collins on 28 Aug 2014 - 22:59
Mansion of the living dead is a good film, Devil hunter i liked, Oasis of the Zombies is ok, Bloody moon is a good laugh. Two poor ones where Cannibal and Diamonds of Killamandjaro. Have to be in the right mood to watch a Jess Franco film.
Title: Re: Jess 'Jesus' Franco
Post by: Kevin Coed on 29 Aug 2014 - 18:02
The de Nesle films are all worthwhile. Most of the Dietrich films are a joy (particularly the WIP ones and Downtown,  although I haven't seen the hardcore films he produced). And I'm another one who rates Mansion of the Living Dead which most dislike - AND THEY AREN'T THE BLIND DEAD IN THE FILM. ARE PEOPLE FUCKING STUPID?
Title: Re: Jess 'Jesus' Franco
Post by: Funktion on 15 Aug 2020 - 15:46
Speaking of Jesus Franco, earlier this year the Filmoteca Española made available online a "lost" film of his, Vaya luna de miel, which was never released to the cinemas, and whose whereabouts were unknown for almost 40 years.

The film, a light comedy/adventure, loosely based on Edgar Allan Poe's The Gold-Bug, is a bit of an unusual entry is his filmography, and if it wasn't for Lina Romay prancing around naked (or close to it) it could almost pass as a kids flick.  :-\

The film remains available on Vimeo, with English subtitles, and with no planned Blu-Ray release (apparently, there are some rights issues that may prevent one from happening any time soon) it's well worth a look.

You can find it here:

https://vimeo.com/409411617


Also, the Filmoteca Española has a PDF with information about the film, its restoration, poster art, and more, here:

https://www.culturaydeporte.gob.es/dam/jcr:4779b6e3-7742-4504-84b3-d33e072054a2/el-dor--en-casa---vaya-luna-de-miel--de-jes-s-franco.pdf