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Night has a Thousand Desires at 366 Weird Movies

Posted in horror, movies with tags , , , on February 22, 2017 by goregirl

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Long time no see! I have actually contributed a few reviews to 366 Weird Movies but have been lax in posting links here on the site. Naughty! And speaking of naughty, you will definitely want to see Lina Romay; that vivacious vixen of sleazy cinema give one of her all-time best performance in Night has a Thousand Desires. This one is a must-have for Franco and Romay fans. Read my review here.

And check out my tumblr archives for the film here.

VAMPYROS LESBOS REVIEW AT 366 WEIRD MOVIES

Posted in Film with tags , , , , on June 28, 2015 by goregirl

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As some of you may know I have been on a journey through Jess Franco’s massive 200+ library of films. If you follow me on Tumblr, I host a feature on Fridays called “Franco Friday” where I only post and reblog images from Jess Franco films. Continuing this Franco love I jumped at the opportunity to review one of my favourite Franco flicks for 366 Weird Movies; Vampyros Lesbos. To check out the review at 366 Weird Movies click here.

To check out my massive archives of Jess Franco film images on Tumblr click here.

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MANSION OF THE LIVING DEAD (1985) – A Peek at a Scene…

Posted in movies with tags , , , on July 26, 2014 by goregirl

I have been tearing through Jess Franco’s resume like a mouse at a swiss cheese wheel. I have seen nineteen Franco flicks over the past two months. I have enjoyed each one in varying degrees. I have been hosting a regular feature over at my tumblr blog called FRANCO FRIDAY where I feature screen caps, posters, gifs etc for Franco’s films. While MANSION OF THE LIVING DEAD has not been the masterpiece of my viewing experience it was bloody entertaining and I felt compelled to share. A curvy and vivacious Lina Romay stars as Candy (credited as Candy Coster) who vacations with three friends at a resort where they are the only guests. The film had me chuckling from beginning to end but this scene made me laugh so hard I squirted a little vodka and orange juice through my nose; my nasal passage is still burning as I write this.

At this point in the film two of the quartet have disappeared and there have been no other guests at the resort. The only other human beings they have seen is a wacky manager, an even wackier gardener and a woman being kept prisoner in one of the rooms. Candy (Lina Romay) discovers the naked woman chained by her neck who has been kept prisoner by the manager who also happens to be her husband. Chained woman tells Candy all kinds of crazy junk that should have her running from the place screaming but despite all this there is the following exchange…

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This was like a kids in the Hall sketch. They are the only people in the hotel and the manager and gardener are the only employees they have seen since they arrived. It really cracked me up that the manager working the “excursions desk” sends them over to the front desk! With complete conviction Candy and her friend run over to the reception desk shouting for someone to attend to them. They are not the least bit phased when manager guy walks over from the excursion desk to the front desk.

There is far more softcore sexual shenanigans then there is living dead in The Mansion of the Living Dead. The quartet of ladies theorize on where the other guests might be. “Everyone must be at the beach.” But when there is no one to be found at the beach; “Everyone must be on a day trip.” Even after a cleaver is thrown at them while they lay topless soaking up rays they assume it is a jealous wife. I mean after all, “Who would want to murder four hotties like us?” Why indeed!

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SINNER (1973) – The Dungeon Review!

Posted in France, movies with tags , , , , , , , , , on February 18, 2014 by goregirl

With 201 credits to his name I will never see every film that Jesús Franco directed. I have however made a goal for myself to see as many of his sixties and seventies feature films as possible. At ninety some odd films from the two decades even that is a bloody big mountain to climb! The man was a movie-making machine! Sinner aka Diary of a Nymphomaniac in quite a departure from his regular fare; at least what I have seen. Despite what its title might imply Sinner is actually one of the more conservative Franco films I’ve seen. Linda, the film’s “sinner” is a sad and complicated woman; I can not think of another character quite like her in a Franco film. His eccentric, sadistic and wild female characters featured in so many of his other films are an absolute shitload of fun but they certainly don’t elicit any sympathy from the viewer; nor are they supposed to. Sinner completely took me by surprise in the most spectacular of ways! I looked Sinner up by name on IMDB and nothing came up. I ended up finding it by looking up Jesús Franco. I can not believe I have found another error on IMDB. Sinner is listed as “adult”. You can not look up films listed as “adult” on IMDB. You can find them by doing a general internet search and usually the IMDB listing is the first thing that comes up. This is now the second time I have had to mention this very same thing. Joe Sarno’s 1968 film Vibrations is also a film listed as “adult” that is not “adult”. Frankly, I have an issue with not being able to look up “adult” films on IMDB. If it is a movie database why is it excluding an entire genre of film anyway? In any case, Sinner is most definitely not an “adult” film. There is no clitoris or penis shots and no graphic entry or cum shots. The sex that is included in Sinner is cut away from at the juicy bits. Sinner is a beautiful, sad, sexy journey and is one of Jesús Franco’s best.

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Linda Vargas picks up Mr. Ortiz at the bar she works in. Linda has a lesbian act that she performs with her friend Maria. She gets Mr. Ortiz good and drunk and takes him to a hotel.

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Mr. Ortiz and Linda arrive at the hotel and it isn’t long before the liquored Ortiz passes out. Linda calls the police, slits her own throat and falls dead on top of him.

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His wife Rosa is called to the station and questioned. Her husband claims to be innocent of the crime, at least the crime of murder, he is however clearly guilty of the crime of adultery. Angry, hurt and humiliated, Rosa decides to do an investigation of her own.

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Rosa first goes to see Countess Anna de Monterey.

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The countess tells Rosa about Linda’s ugly experience when she first arrived in the city from her family’s country home. Wandering about a fair a man offers to buy her candy floss and takes her on the ferris wheel. The man rapes her while on this amusement ride. The man is unknown to Anna but because we are getting a visual recollection we know that it is Mr. Ortiz.

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Linda is then raped by an employer.

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One day Linda drops some dresses off to Anna and spies on her having sex. The Countess catches her and the two engage in a love affair. Linda was the first lesbian experience that Anna ever had and it was new and exciting. Anna in turn gave Linda her first orgasm.

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Linda is attracted to a man who Anna has been seeing named Alberto. Linda has her first mutually consensual sex with a man and falls in love with Alberto. Alberto’s wife walks in on him and Linda and Alberto gets real pathetic real quick. He literally gets on his knees and begs his rich wife to keep him. “But Angela, don’t be like this. She means nothing to me.”

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Linda meets the sensual stripper Maria. The Countess comes home after a trip to find Maria and a photographer in her home. She shouts at them to “Get out” and the next morning Linda leaves without a word.

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Linda engages in a relationship with Maria who is involved in a lot more than just stripping. Soon Linda’s life becomes a whirlwind of modelling, drugs and prostitution.

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“Might she have killed herself?” -Rosa
“It’s very possible.” -Anna
“Did she already know my husband?” -Rosa
“She knew lots of people, slept with lots of people.” -Anna
“A nymphomaniac then?” -Rosa

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Rosa goes to the club where Maria works; it is the sort of place Mrs. Ortiz is not accustomed to frequenting unlike her husband. She asks for Maria. “You know Linda Vargas?”

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Maria takes Rosa upstairs to her room and shares some stories with her. But not before stripping down and getting comfortable.

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Maria tells Rosa about the time they were picked up with a bunch of their hippie friends for smoking dope. This is when Linda meet the doctor.

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The doctor pays her bail and asks her to come to his clinic to rest and be made clean again. The doctor ends up being yet another man in Linda’s life that shits all over her.

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Maria reads from Linda’s diary: “I finally realized that fucking is really all I like to do.”

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Rosa asks Maria if she can keep Linda’s diary.

Sinner is definitely not wild and crazy like a lot of other Franco flicks. It is a quiet, beautiful, well-made, stylish film with strong character development, an excellent story and a beguiling performance from its lead actress Montserrat Prous. All the supporting characters are watchable and memorable; especially Frano regular Howard Vernon. Vernon’s doctor seemed so genuine in his attempts to help Linda and ends up being a huge douchebag. I also enjoyed the hell out of the super sassy Kali Hansa who plays Maria, she had it going on! There were a couple of bits that gave me a chuckle that involved the manly photographer Mrs. Schwartz played by Doris Thomas. She calls Linda up to ask if she would be interested in posing for some pictures with Maria. Near the end of the conversation Mrs. Schwartz shoves the phone receiver into her stockings and starts stroking the bush. I thought she should have at least hung up the phone first! When Linda shows up to Mrs. Schwartz’s apartment Schwartz sweeps her off her feet Gone with the Wind-style and sits her on Maria’s lap. I don’t know if Mrs. Schwartz was intended to be but she was Sinner’s comedy relief. One of my favourite visual scenes was the early ferris wheel ride. Franco shoots the scene from several angles which gives it a real sense of menace. We feel Linda’s distress as the wheel seems to go round and round endlessly. She looks around desperately each time the wheel is at ground level hoping someone sees what is going on and stops the nightmarish ride. She pushes him away, the camera at times just inches from her anguished face. When the ride is over Mr. Ortiz rushes off leaving Linda sitting on the ferris wheel violated and aghast. This is Linda’s first experience in the city. We never learn why Linda doesn’t pack up her bags and leave right then and there. Linda stays on in the city even after a second violation by her new boss. It is insinuated that Linda’s homelife was unhappy. “I remember my village, my grandmother. She was the only one of my family who had any heart. The only one who understood me. Maybe I should have stayed with her. If God exists, I hope he hasn’t been as hard on her as he has on me.” Although we never learn specific details it never gets in the way of how the character evolves over the course of the film. Since Sinner begins at the end of the story, there is not a reveal for the viewer per se; although certainly Rosa Ortiz gets her closure. In Linda’s own words “I finally realized that fucking is really all I like to do.” “I want to give my body and my love to all my brothers and sisters. To all those whom life has offered only pain and misery.” Sinner as its alternative title suggests is a cinematic interpretation of the Diary of a Nymphomaniac; the story of a woman whose only pleasure in life was sex and whose abusive history led her to commit suicide at the age of twenty. Sinner has made me very excited to fill in the rest of the holes in my Franco viewing. Sinner/Diary of a Nymphomaniac gets my highest of recommendations; a perfect score.

Dungeon Rating: 5/5

Directed By: Jesús Franco

Starring: Jacqueline Laurent, Montserrat Prous, Kali Hansa, Francisco Acosta, Manuel Pereiro, Howard Vernon, Doris Thomas, Anne Libert

Fun with GIFs: VAMPYROS LESBOS (1971)

Posted in Fun with GIFs, movies with tags , , , , , , , , on February 17, 2014 by goregirl

A duo of GIFs for Jesús Franco’s 1971 film VAMPYROS LESBOS featuring the Countess Oskudar (Soledad Miranda). The Countess as the film’s title suggests is both a vampire and a lesbian. She is determined to possess Linda Westinghouse (Ewa Strömberg) a woman sent to settle her inheritance. Inevitably Linda does fall under Countess Oskudar’s trance. All the traditional vampire rules are thrown to the wind in Franco’s sexy, slow-boil odyssey; it’s stylish Francolicious fun.

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“Linda. Linda. Linda.” The countess uses her vampire voodoo to beckon Ms. Westinghouse.

For more images from Jesús Franco’s 1971 film VAMPYROS LESBOS click here.

Tomorrow night I will have a review for Jesús Franco’s 1973 film SINNER aka Diary of a Nymphomaniac!