Tag: Jess Franco

(Very Minor) Brilliance on a Budget: X-312 FLIGHT TO HELL (1970)

(Very Minor) Brilliance on a Budget: X-312 FLIGHT TO HELL (1970)

August 25, 2020 | By

Jess Franco delivers decent action and enjoyable nonsense in the plane crash thriller X-312: FLIGHT TO HELL (1970) from Image.

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DVD: X-312 Flight to Hell / X312 – Flug zur Hölle (1971)

DVD: X-312 Flight to Hell / X312 – Flug zur Hölle (1971)

August 25, 2020 | By

Jess Franco’s story featuring non-stop double-crossing characters is largely sound, if not ambitious…

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Jess Franco’s Polar Erotica: CRIES OF PLEASURE (1983) + NIGHT OF OPEN SEX (1983)

Jess Franco’s Polar Erotica: CRIES OF PLEASURE (1983) + NIGHT OF OPEN SEX (1983)

July 5, 2020 | By

Severin’s mining of the Jess Franco-Golden Films Internacional S.A. Productions catalogue continues with two polar gems from 1983, CRIES OF PLEASURE + NIGHT OF OPEN SEX, both on beautiful bodacious Blu.

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BR: Cries of Pleasure / Gemidos de placer (1983)

BR: Cries of Pleasure / Gemidos de placer (1983)

July 5, 2020 | By

Cries of Pleasure / Gemidos de placer (1983) focuses on a Libertine’s new girlfriend who soon meets his wife, newly released from – where else – an asylum, but Cries is credited as…

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BR: Night of Open Sex / La noche de los sexos abiertos (1983)

BR: Night of Open Sex / La noche de los sexos abiertos (1983)

July 4, 2020 | By

That interplay between calm and vulgar could be the film’s most consistent element: for some easy cash, Moira (Lina Romay) is asked by a client to help him extract truth from Tina Klaus…

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BR: Count Dracula / Nachts, wenn Dracula erwacht (1970)

BR: Count Dracula / Nachts, wenn Dracula erwacht (1970)

March 25, 2016 | By

Jess Franco’s Count Dracula is an example of what happens when certain parameters designed to bolster a production’s salability reduce a filmmaker, known for sex and violence and trippy perversions, to a hired gun, and a bored one at that…

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Film: Umbracle (1970)

Film: Umbracle (1970)

March 25, 2016 | By

During the filming of Jess Franco’s Count Dracula (1970), experimental filmmaker Pere Portabello was engaged to direct a making-of documentary, titled Cuadecuc, vampir (1971), and sometime before, during, or after, it seems star Christopher Lee was snagged to appear in a few scenes which Portabello edited into a feature film…

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Jess Franco’s Bloody Moon + other merry sexploitation misadventures

Jess Franco’s Bloody Moon + other merry sexploitation misadventures

July 26, 2014 | By

A triple-threat of Jess Franco sleaze: reviews of Bloody Moon (1981) on Blu and Devil Hunter (1980) on DVD from Severin Films + Franco’s Linda (1981), and quick thoughts on Solar Crisis, Richard C. Sarafian’s orphan epic sci-fi flick that sort of popped up in a related news report this week.

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BR: Bloody Moon / Die Säge des Todes (1981)

BR: Bloody Moon / Die Säge des Todes (1981)

July 26, 2014 | By

Although promised by German producers he’d have a top American special effects whiz and a score by Pink Floyd (!), after agreeing to make Bloody Moon, Jess Franco discovered the only truth in their sales pitch was the casting of actress Olivia Pascal…

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DVD: Devil Hunter / Sexo-Canibal (1980)

DVD: Devil Hunter / Sexo-Canibal (1980)

July 26, 2014 | By

The second of Severin Films’ Jess Franco-Video Nasty couplet (after Bloody Moon) is this wan tale of a kidnapping gone awry when crooks lose their meal ticket (and sexual pin-cushion) on an island populated by a cannibal cult that periodically offer up the other white meat to a flesh-eating freak…

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