Jess Franco’s Forgotten Films: Vol. 1

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This HD double bill, JESS FRANCO’S FORGOTTEN FILMS: Vol. 1 from Dorado Films, is another welcome addition to the growing list of Blu-ray releases of the the films of the prolific director. This set contains two of his first MANACOA FILMS productions, LOS OJOS DEL DOCTOR ORLOFF/THE SINISTER EYES OF DOCTOR ORLOFF (1973) and UN SILENCIO DE TUMBA (1972).img_3341968679648.jpeg

This is a review of The Ultimate Edition of this Dorado Films release, which contains 4k scans from 35mm elements of both features. Also included in the edition is THE MANACOA EXPERIENCE, a 14 page history of Films Manacoa P.C., the production company which Franco founded in late 1972. The Manacoa company lasted until the very end of his career, including his last two features, AL PEREIRA VS THE ALLIGATOR LADIES and REVENGE OF THE ALLIGATOR LADIES (2012 and 2015, respectively). One of my favorite Franco films LOS BLUES DE LAS…

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MIL SEXOS TIENE LA NOCHE–Mondo Macabro Blu-ray

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A delirious exercise in horror y sexo this pitch black Film Noir is one of Jess Franco’s most visually arresting entries from his early 1980s Spanish period. MIL SEXOS TIENE LA NOCHE is one of the series of films he made for Emilio Larraga’s GOLDEN FILMS INTERNACIONAL S.A., Barcelona. These productions were low budget films in a variety of genres, including the follow up to GRITOS EN LA NOCHE (1961), EL SINIESTRO DR. OFLOFF, softcore romps like LAS ORGIAS INCONFESABLES DE EMMANUELLE erotic crime-thrillers BOTAS NEGRAS, LATIGO DE CUERO, and Sade adaptations GEMIDOS DE PLACER (all 1982). There were also Poe adaptations EN BUSCA DEL DRAGON DORADO and even martial arts adventures LA SOMBRA DEL JUDOKA CONTRA EL DOCTOR WONG (both 1983). What locks all these films together, good, bad, not completed, was that they are all 100 percent undiluted Jess Franco, both in terms of style and content. They…

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COMING FROM MONDO MACABRO: MIL SEXOS TIENE LA NOCHE on Blu-ray! — EL FRANCONOMICON / I’M IN A JESS FRANCO STATE OF MIND

We are extremely proud to present the North American home video premiere of Jess Franco’s underrated 80s supernatural-sex opus MIL SEXOS TIENE LA NOCHE! A quasi-remake of his own earlier film NIGHTMARES COME AT NIGHT, this unusual thriller finds Franco at the height of his stylistic delirium: “The dreamlike atmosphere is everything here and the […]

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