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, Strange Attractor Press

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

Selected filmography for Jess Franco

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Title Year IMDb Rating
*** 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
*** Dr. Orloff’s Monster 1964 Dr. Orloff’s Monster (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
*** The Blood of Fu Manchu 1968 The Blood of Fu Manchu (1968) on IMDb
** Succubus 1968 Succubus (1968) 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
*** 99 Women 1969 99 Women (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
** 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
*** Daughter of Dracula 1972 Daughter of Dracula (1972) on IMDb
*** Dracula, Prisoner of Frankenstein 1972 Dracula, Prisoner of Frankenstein (1972) on IMDb
*** Nightmares Come at Night 1972 Nightmares Come at Night (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
*** The Erotic Rites of Frankenstein 1973 The Erotic Rites of Frankenstein (1973) on IMDb
** Eugenie de Sade 1973 Eugenie de Sade (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
*** A Virgin Among the Living Dead 1973 A Virgin Among the Living Dead (1973) on IMDb
*** Countess Perverse 1974 Countess Perverse (1974) on IMDb
** Devil’s Island Lovers 1974 Devil’s Island Lovers (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
** Night of the Assassins 1974 Night of the Assassins (1974) on IMDb
*** Exorcism 1975 Exorcism (1975) on IMDb
*** Female Vampire 1975 Female Vampire (1975) on IMDb
*** The Hot Nights of Linda 1975 The Hot Nights of Linda (1975) on IMDb
*** The Silence of the Tomb 1976 The Silence of the Tomb (1976) on IMDb
*** Ilsa, the Wicked Warden 1977 Ilsa, the Wicked Warden (1977) 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
*** Bloody Moon 1981 Bloody Moon (1981) on IMDb
*** Oasis of the Zombies 1982 Oasis of the Zombies (1982) on IMDb
*** Diamonds of Kilimandjaro 1983 Diamonds of Kilimandjaro (1983) on IMDb
** Revenge in the House of Usher 1983 Revenge in the House of Usher (1983) on IMDb
* Camino solitario 1984 Camino solitario (1984) on IMDb
*** Night Has a Thousand Desires 1984 Night Has a Thousand Desires (1984) on IMDb
*** Golden Temple Amazons 1986 Golden Temple Amazons (1986) on IMDb
*** Killer Barbys 1996 Killer Barbys (1996) on IMDb
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