Directed by Jesús Franco
An exotic dancer (Janine Reynaud) who performs S&M routines for pervy audiences develops an urge to kill after meeting a mysterious man who insists she’s forgotten who she really is. But who is he? And why is she suddenly having murderous hallucinations that seem very real? Jess Franco’s trippy 15th film mixes elements of horror and erotica to create a dreamy semi-parody of Euro-arthouse cinema. For Franco historian Stephen Thrower, SUCCUBUS is “a charged lodestone that transforms [Franco’s] cinema, pointing the way to the manifold wonders of his subsequent career.”
An exotic dancer with a taste for S&M develops an urge to kill after meeting a mysterious man.
Cast: Janine Reynaud, Jack Taylor, Adrian Hoven
One of my all time favorite films. Great music, a great aesthetic, an early Jess Franco masterpiece
thought I reviewed this oddball movie. It seems sort of stupid yet I kind of get the satire. I watched this movie weeks ago, and I still catch myself thinking, "What was that movie that looked like cover paintings from sleazy '60's paperback books?" Bonus giggle: when they look at her collection of Aurora Plastics monster models, the interviewer does not know Godzilla's name. Part of the satire?
For some reason, the review page ignores my review. In short, I liked it.
Strange. I thought I reviewed this oddball movie. On one level, it seems sort of stupid. On a different level, I kind of get a lot of the satire. Most striking thing to me is how the camera work all appears to resemble the cover paintings from sleazy 1960's paperback novels. I watched this movie weeks ago, and I still catch myself thinking, "What was that movie that looked like cheap cover paintings?" Bonus giggle: in the scene where they look at her collection of Aurora Plastics monster models, the interviewer does not know Godzilla's name. Is this part of the satire?
I think I will need to watch this film again, before I develop a better idea what's going on in this story. I did notice several details: 1) The cinematography looks amazingly like the cover paintings from sleazy paperback novels of that era. 2) Lorna collects Aurora monster models! And she can't remember Godzilla's name! 3) I noticed that Lorna reminded me of somebody I couldn't identify at first, and then during the tryppy party, I finally remembered ... she reminds me of Miss Yvonne from "Pee Wee's Playhouse"! This may have distracted me from understanding the plot, first time through, but it made the movie incredibly entertaining!