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Jess Franco

Dedicated fans adore the impetuous, punkish spontaneity of his work, but sceptics, for the same reason, find him hard to take seriously. Franco shot his films in a whirlwind of impulse, like a cartoon Tasmanian Devil with a movie camera, and the results veer from controlled chaos to devil-may-care randomness. Many of his most astonishing films bear hallmarks that would appal the sober-minded student of classical film style. But while perfect craft may have fallen by the wayside, Franco’s breakneck speed unleashes a blizzard of extraordinary sensations and images. There’s something truly otherworldly about his films: they give us precious glimpses of a stranger, more delirious reality. Jess Franco was, if you like, the anti-Kubrick — impulsive, impatient, always in a hurry — but he shared with the master procrastinator one special quality; a cinematic vision as distinct and unique as a retinal photograph.

Stephen Thrower, Murderous Passions: The Delirious Cinema of Jesús Franco, Volume One (Strange Attractor Press, 2015)

His unique mastery of the brilliant and the banal, often within the same scene, is the reason why Franco occupies his special place in the pantheon of alternative film.

Richard Kuipers, Eaten Alive!: Italian Cannibal and Zombie Movies (Plexus, 2006)

Selected filmography for Jess Franco

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Title Year IMDb Rating
* We Are 18 Years Old 1959 We Are 18 Years Old (1959) on IMDb
** Labios rojos 1960 Labios rojos (1960) on IMDb
* Queen of the Tabarin Club 1960 Queen of the Tabarin Club (1960) on IMDb
*** The Awful Dr. Orlof 1962 The Awful Dr. Orlof (1962) on IMDb
*** The Sadistic Baron Von Klaus 1962 The Sadistic Baron Von Klaus (1962) on IMDb
* Vampiresas 1930 1962 Vampiresas 1930 (1962) on IMDb
* Jaguar 1963 Jaguar (1963) on IMDb
*** Rififí en la ciudad 1963 Rififí en la ciudad (1963) on IMDb
*** Dr. Orloff’s Monster 1964 Dr. Orloff’s Monster (1964) on IMDb
*** La muerte silba un blues 1964 La muerte silba un blues (1964) on IMDb
*** Attack of the Robots 1966 Attack of the Robots (1966) on IMDb
*** The Diabolical Dr. Z 1966 The Diabolical Dr. Z (1966) on IMDb
* Residence for Spies 1966 Residence for Spies (1966) on IMDb
** Lucky, the Inscrutable 1967 Lucky, the Inscrutable (1967) on IMDb
*** The Blood of Fu Manchu 1968 The Blood of Fu Manchu (1968) on IMDb
** Succubus 1968 Succubus (1968) on IMDb
*** 99 Women 1969 99 Women (1969) on IMDb
*** The Castle of Fu Manchu 1969 The Castle of Fu Manchu (1969) on IMDb
*** The Girl from Rio 1969 The Girl from Rio (1969) on IMDb
** Kiss Me Monster 1969 Kiss Me Monster (1969) on IMDb
*** Marquis de Sade’s Justine 1969 Marquis de Sade’s Justine (1969) on IMDb
** Two Undercover Angels 1969 Two Undercover Angels (1969) on IMDb
** Venus in Furs 1969 Venus in Furs (1969) on IMDb
*** The Bloody Judge 1970 The Bloody Judge (1970) on IMDb
*** Count Dracula 1970 Count Dracula (1970) on IMDb
*** Eugenie 1970 Eugenie (1970) on IMDb
* Juliette 1970 Juliette (1970) on IMDb
*** Nightmares Come at Night 1970 Nightmares Come at Night (1970) on IMDb
** The Devil Came from Akasava 1971 The Devil Came from Akasava (1971) on IMDb
*** She Killed in Ecstasy 1971 She Killed in Ecstasy (1971) on IMDb
*** Vampyros Lesbos 1971 Vampyros Lesbos (1971) on IMDb
** X312 - Flight to Hell 1971 X312 - Flight to Hell (1971) on IMDb
* The Avenger 1972 The Avenger (1972) on IMDb
*** Daughter of Dracula 1972 Daughter of Dracula (1972) on IMDb
*** Dracula, Prisoner of Frankenstein 1972 Dracula, Prisoner of Frankenstein (1972) on IMDb
* Les ebranlées 1972 Les ebranlées (1972) on IMDb
* Sex Charade 1972 Sex Charade (1972) on IMDb
** The Sexy Darlings 1972 The Sexy Darlings (1972) on IMDb
* The Vengeance of Doctor Mabuse 1972 The Vengeance of Doctor Mabuse (1972) on IMDb
** Virgin Report 1972 Virgin Report (1972) on IMDb
* Al otro lado del espejo 1973 Al otro lado del espejo (1973) on IMDb
*** The Demons 1973 The Demons (1973) on IMDb
** Devil’s Island Lovers 1973 Devil’s Island Lovers (1973) on IMDb
* El misterio del castillo rojo 1973 El misterio del castillo rojo (1973) on IMDb
*** The Erotic Rites of Frankenstein 1973 The Erotic Rites of Frankenstein (1973) on IMDb
** Eugenie de Sade 1973 Eugenie de Sade (1973) on IMDb
*** Female Vampire 1973 Female Vampire (1973) on IMDb
* Relax Baby 1973 Relax Baby (1973) on IMDb
*** The Sinister Eyes of Dr. Orloff 1973 The Sinister Eyes of Dr. Orloff (1973) on IMDb
** Sinner: The Secret Diary of a Nymphomaniac 1973 Sinner: The Secret Diary of a Nymphomaniac (1973) on IMDb
** Tender and Perverse Emanuelle 1973 Tender and Perverse Emanuelle (1973) on IMDb
*** A Virgin Among the Living Dead 1973 A Virgin Among the Living Dead (1973) on IMDb
* Celestine, Maid at Your Service 1974 Celestine, Maid at Your Service (1974) on IMDb
*** Countess Perverse 1974 Countess Perverse (1974) on IMDb
* Fifteen Year Old Captain 1974 Fifteen Year Old Captain (1974) on IMDb
*** How to Seduce a Virgin 1974 How to Seduce a Virgin (1974) on IMDb
*** Lorna the Exorcist 1974 Lorna the Exorcist (1974) on IMDb
* The Lustful Amazons 1974 The Lustful Amazons (1974) on IMDb
** Night of the Skull 1974 Night of the Skull (1974) on IMDb
* Les chatouilleuses 1975 Les chatouilleuses (1975) on IMDb
*** Downtown 1975 Downtown (1975) on IMDb
*** Exorcism 1975 Exorcism (1975) on IMDb
* Les gloutonnes 1975 Les gloutonnes (1975) on IMDb
*** The Hot Nights of Linda 1975 The Hot Nights of Linda (1975) on IMDb
* Le jouisseur 1975 Le jouisseur (1975) on IMDb
* Sexorcismes 1975 Sexorcismes (1975) on IMDb
** Women Behind Bars 1975 Women Behind Bars (1975) on IMDb
*** Around the World in 80 Beds 1976 Around the World in 80 Beds (1976) on IMDb
*** Barbed Wire Dolls 1976 Barbed Wire Dolls (1976) on IMDb
* Les emmerdeuses 1976 Les emmerdeuses (1976) on IMDb
*** Girls in the Night Traffic 1976 Girls in the Night Traffic (1976) on IMDb
* Golden Jail 1976 Golden Jail (1976) on IMDb
*** Jack the Ripper 1976 Jack the Ripper (1976) on IMDb
*** Marquise de Sade 1976 Marquise de Sade (1976) on IMDb
* Midnight Party 1976 Midnight Party (1976) on IMDb
*** Shining Sex 1976 Shining Sex (1976) on IMDb
*** The Silence of the Tomb 1976 The Silence of the Tomb (1976) on IMDb
*** White Skin Black Thighs 1976 White Skin Black Thighs (1976) on IMDb
*** Blue Rita 1977 Blue Rita (1977) on IMDb
*** Ilsa, the Wicked Warden 1977 Ilsa, the Wicked Warden (1977) on IMDb
* Kiss Me Killer 1977 Kiss Me Killer (1977) on IMDb
*** Love Camp 1977 Love Camp (1977) on IMDb
*** Love Letters of a Portuguese Nun 1977 Love Letters of a Portuguese Nun (1977) on IMDb
*** Sexy Sisters 1977 Sexy Sisters (1977) on IMDb
*** Swedish Nympho Slaves 1977 Swedish Nympho Slaves (1977) on IMDb
*** Voodoo Passion 1977 Voodoo Passion (1977) on IMDb
* Cocktail spécial 1978 Cocktail spécial (1978) on IMDb
*** Wicked Women 1978 Wicked Women (1978) on IMDb
*** Women in Cellblock 9 1978 Women in Cellblock 9 (1978) on IMDb
* Elles font tout 1979 Elles font tout (1979) on IMDb
* Je brûle de partout 1979 Je brûle de partout (1979) on IMDb
* Justine and the Whip 1979 Justine and the Whip (1979) on IMDb
*** The Sadist of Notre Dame 1979 The Sadist of Notre Dame (1979) on IMDb
** Cannibals 1980 Cannibals (1980) on IMDb
*** Devil Hunter 1980 Devil Hunter (1980) on IMDb
*** Sinfonía erótica 1980 Sinfonía erótica (1980) on IMDb
*** Two Female Spies with Flowered Panties 1980 Two Female Spies with Flowered Panties (1980) on IMDb
* Vaya luna de miel 1980 Vaya luna de miel (1980) on IMDb
* Wicked Memoirs of Eugenie 1980 Wicked Memoirs of Eugenie (1980) on IMDb
* Aberraciones sexuales de una mujer casada 1981 Aberraciones sexuales de una mujer casada (1981) on IMDb
*** Bloody Moon 1981 Bloody Moon (1981) on IMDb
** The Girls of the Copacabana 1981 The Girls of the Copacabana (1981) on IMDb
** Linda 1981 Linda (1981) on IMDb
* Lola 2000 1981 Lola 2000 (1981) on IMDb
* Pick-Up Girls 1981 Pick-Up Girls (1981) on IMDb
** Sadomania 1981 Sadomania (1981) on IMDb
** Sex Is Crazy 1981 Sex Is Crazy (1981) on IMDb
* El lago de las vírgenes 1982 El lago de las vírgenes (1982) on IMDb
** The Inconfessable Orgies of Emmanuelle 1982 The Inconfessable Orgies of Emmanuelle (1982) on IMDb
** Mansion of the Living Dead 1982 Mansion of the Living Dead (1982) on IMDb
*** Oasis of the Zombies 1982 Oasis of the Zombies (1982) on IMDb
* Alone Against Terror 1983 Alone Against Terror (1983) on IMDb
*** Black Boots, Leather Whip 1983 Black Boots, Leather Whip (1983) on IMDb
* Blood on My Shoes 1983 Blood on My Shoes (1983) on IMDb
*** La casa de las mujeres perdidas 1983 La casa de las mujeres perdidas (1983) on IMDb
*** Cecilia 1983 Cecilia (1983) on IMDb
* Claire 1983 Claire (1983) on IMDb
* Confesiones íntimas de una exhibicionista 1983 Confesiones íntimas de una exhibicionista (1983) on IMDb
*** Cries of Pleasure 1983 Cries of Pleasure (1983) on IMDb
*** Diamonds of Kilimandjaro 1983 Diamonds of Kilimandjaro (1983) on IMDb
* En busca del dragón dorado 1983 En busca del dragón dorado (1983) on IMDb
* The Hotel of Love Affairs 1983 The Hotel of Love Affairs (1983) on IMDb
* Los blues de la calle Pop (Aventuras de Felipe Malboro, volumen 8) 1983 Los blues de la calle Pop (Aventuras de Felipe Malboro, volumen 8) (1983) on IMDb
** Macumba Sexual 1983 Macumba Sexual (1983) on IMDb
*** Night of Open Sex 1983 Night of Open Sex (1983) on IMDb
*** Revenge in the House of Usher 1983 Revenge in the House of Usher (1983) on IMDb
* Voces de muerte 1983 Voces de muerte (1983) on IMDb
* ¿Cuánto cobra un espía? 1984 ¿Cuánto cobra un espía? (1984) on IMDb
*** Bahía blanca 1984 Bahía blanca (1984) on IMDb
* Camino solitario 1984 Camino solitario (1984) on IMDb
* El asesino llevaba medias negras 1984 El asesino llevaba medias negras (1984) on IMDb
* El siniestro doctor Orloff 1984 El siniestro doctor Orloff (1984) on IMDb
* Lilian (la virgen pervertida) 1984 Lilian (la virgen pervertida) (1984) on IMDb
*** Night Has a Thousand Desires 1984 Night Has a Thousand Desires (1984) on IMDb
** The Sexual Story of O 1984 The Sexual Story of O (1984) on IMDb
* Una rajita para dos 1984 Una rajita para dos (1984) on IMDb
* Bangkok, cita con la muerte 1985 Bangkok, cita con la muerte (1985) on IMDb
* Dirty Game in Casablanca 1985 Dirty Game in Casablanca (1985) on IMDb
* El chupete de Lulú 1985 El chupete de Lulú (1985) on IMDb
* El hombre que mató a Mengele 1985 El hombre que mató a Mengele (1985) on IMDb
* La esclava blanca 1985 La esclava blanca (1985) on IMDb
* La sombra del judoka contra el doctor Wong 1985 La sombra del judoka contra el doctor Wong (1985) on IMDb
* Un pito para tres 1985 Un pito para tres (1985) on IMDb
* Una de chinos 1985 Una de chinos (1985) on IMDb
* Viaje a Bangkok, ataúd incluido 1985 Viaje a Bangkok, ataúd incluido (1985) on IMDb
* Bragueta historia 1986 Bragueta historia (1986) on IMDb
* La chica de los labios rojos 1986 La chica de los labios rojos (1986) on IMDb
* Las chuponas 1986 Las chuponas (1986) on IMDb
* El mirón y la exhibicionista 1986 El mirón y la exhibicionista (1986) on IMDb
* El ojete de Lulú 1986 El ojete de Lulú (1986) on IMDb
* Entre pitos anda el juego 1986 Entre pitos anda el juego (1986) on IMDb
* Fury in the Tropics 1986 Fury in the Tropics (1986) on IMDb
*** Golden Temple Amazons 1986 Golden Temple Amazons (1986) on IMDb
* The Last Women of the Philippines 1986 The Last Women of the Philippines (1986) on IMDb
* Para las nenas, leche calentita 1986 Para las nenas, leche calentita (1986) on IMDb
* Sida, la peste del siglo XX 1986 Sida, la peste del siglo XX (1986) on IMDb
* Las tribulaciones de un Buda Bizco 1986 Las tribulaciones de un Buda Bizco (1986) on IMDb
*** Angel of Death 1987 Angel of Death (1987) on IMDb
* Las chicas del tanga 1987 Las chicas del tanga (1987) on IMDb
** Faceless 1987 Faceless (1987) on IMDb
* Phalo Crest 1987 Phalo Crest (1987) on IMDb
* Phollastía 1987 Phollastía (1987) on IMDb
* Slave of Crime 1987 Slave of Crime (1987) on IMDb
* Dark Mission: Evil Flowers 1988 Dark Mission: Evil Flowers (1988) on IMDb
** Esmeralda Bay 1989 Esmeralda Bay (1989) on IMDb
*** Fall of the Eagles 1989 Fall of the Eagles (1989) on IMDb
* El abuelo, la condesa y Escarlata la traviesa 1992 El abuelo, la condesa y Escarlata la traviesa (1992) on IMDb
* Jungle of Fear 1993 Jungle of Fear (1993) on IMDb
* Downtown Heat 1994 Downtown Heat (1994) on IMDb
*** Killer Barbys 1996 Killer Barbys (1996) on IMDb
* Tender Flesh 1997 Tender Flesh (1997) on IMDb
* Lust for Frankenstein 1998 Lust for Frankenstein (1998) on IMDb
* Mari-Cookie and the Killer Tarantula 1998 Mari-Cookie and the Killer Tarantula (1998) on IMDb
* Broken Dolls 1999 Broken Dolls (1999) on IMDb
* Dr. Wong’s Virtual Hell 1999 Dr. Wong’s Virtual Hell (1999) on IMDb
* Red Silk 1999 Red Silk (1999) on IMDb
* Vampire Blues 1999 Vampire Blues (1999) on IMDb
* Blind Target 2000 Blind Target (2000) on IMDb
* Helter Skelter 2000 Helter Skelter (2000) on IMDb
* Vampire Junction 2001 Vampire Junction (2001) on IMDb
** Incubus 2002 Incubus (2002) on IMDb
* Killer Barbys vs. Dracula 2002 Killer Barbys vs. Dracula (2002) on IMDb
* Jess Franco’s Passion 2005 Jess Franco’s Passion (2005) on IMDb
* Jess Franco’s Perversion 2005 Jess Franco’s Perversion (2005) on IMDb
* Snakewoman 2005 Snakewoman (2005) on IMDb
* A Bad Day at the Cemetery II 2008 A Bad Day at the Cemetery II (2008) on IMDb
* A Bad Day at the Cemetery 2008 A Bad Day at the Cemetery (2008) on IMDb
** Paula-Paula 2010 Paula-Paula (2010) on IMDb
* Al Pereira vs. the Alligator Ladies 2012 Al Pereira vs. the Alligator Ladies (2012) on IMDb
* La cripta de las condenadas 2012 La cripta de las condenadas (2012) on IMDb
* La cripta de las condenadas: Parte II 2012 La cripta de las condenadas: Parte II (2012) on IMDb
* Revenge of the Alligator Ladies 2013 Revenge of the Alligator Ladies (2013) on IMDb
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