Jesús Franco

Jesús Franco – Rififí en la ciudad AKA Rififi in the City (1963)

In an unnamed Central American state on the eve of a crucial election, a young police informer working for police officer Miguel Mora bent on uncovering the shady works of popular politician Maurice Leprince is killed. However, thugs working for Leprince began to be killed one by one as well… Read More »

Jesús Franco – Mil sexos tiene la noche AKA Night Has a Thousand Desires (1984)

In this surreal and sensuous mystery/noir, Lina Romay (The Female Vampire, Lorna the Exorcist) plays Irina, a partner in a male-female mind reading act. At night she experiences vivid and charged dreams which end in murder. It seems that the people whose minds she reads are being killed off one by one. In the 1980s, after the death of the Spanish dictator, Jess Franco returned to his native country and made a series of films in which he was given almost total freedom. Night Has A Thousand Desires is one of the most artistically successful of these films. It’s filled with familiar Franco touches – artful cinematography, atmospheric locations, naked women, an avant garde soundtrack – and it features one of Lina Romay’s most committed performances. Read More »

Jesús Franco – Paroxismus AKA Venus in Furs (1969)

In Istanbul, a jazz trumpeter pulls the murdered body of a young woman from the surf. He remembers her from the night before, when he saw her at a millionaire playboy’s party and then later watched as she was assaulted by the party’s host and two of his friends. In confusion, Jimmy, the musician, leaves for Rio where he finds the sympathetic ear of Rita, a singer who invites him to live with her and helps him recover his equilibrium and his musical ability. Then, into the room walks a woman who looks like Wanda, the murder victim. Jimmy pursues her, not caring if she’s alive or dead. What’s going on? Read More »

Jesús Franco – La mano de un hombre muerto AKA The Sadistic Baron Von Klaus (1962)

In the Austrian Alpine town of Holfen, a young woman is found murdered. Theo and Hansel, two wood-cutters, stop off at a bar where they tell Dr. Kalman, an academic studying local folk tales, about the history of the von Klaus family, in particular the murderous cruelty of the first Baron von Klaus, whose 17th century ghost is said to haunt the mists and quagmires of the surrounding countryside. Soon after, the wood-cutters discover the dead body of another young woman. The current patriarch of the von Klaus family, and chief suspect for the murders, is Max, who lives with his elderly sister Elisa. Elisa is dying, which prompts a visit from her son Ludwig, accompanied by his fiancee Karin. Elisa reveals to Ludwig the whereabouts of a key to the von Klaus dungeon which has been locked for many years. She begs him to end the family curse for all time and to take his fiancee far away. Ludwig enters the dungeon and finds a memoir written by the original Baron von Klaus, expounding his amoral philosophy… Read More »

Jesús Franco – Necronomicon – Geträumte Sünden AKA Succubus (1968)

A nightclub performer whose act incorporates bizarre sadomasochistic elements begins to lose her grip on reality, and is plunged into a nightmarish mental landscape. Read More »

Jesús Franco – Los ojos siniestros del doctor Orloff AKA The Sinister Eyes of Dr. Orloff [4K Restoration] (1973)

A doctor unleashes a nightmare of hypnosis curtailing mad violence on the family of a crippled young woman. Read More »