I was saddened to learn of the passing of Jess Franco. Franco directed at least 199 films and, while he was never a favorite of the critics, he was a favorite for those of us who appreciated his unique aesthetic and improvisational style of filmmaking. Franco made a few good films and a lot of a bad films but even his worse films were usually more interesting than the usual films churned out by more “respectable” filmmakers. In a time when every director is claiming to be an independent artist, Franco truly was.
Trailers for Franco’s films often showed up in my Lisa Marie’s Favorite Grindhouse and Exploitation Film Trailers series. Here’s ten of them.
1) Female Vampire
2) The Awful Dr. Orloff
4) Venus In Furs
5) Necromonicon (a.k.a. Succubus)
6) Kiss Me Monster
7) Eugenie: Story of Her Journey Into Perversion
8) Vampyros Lesbos
9) The Castle of Fu Manchu
10) 99 Women
Jesus Franco Manera, R.I.P.