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Redemption has signaled this stylish 1972 Jess Franco female vampire film will be released on Blu-ray this summer in the UK and US. I await this with much anticipation since it fits in perfectly with two other micro-budgeted horror rallies he made with Britt Nichols back-to-back in 71-72, DRACULA, PRISONER OF FRANKENSTEIN, in which she played another vampire, and THE EROTIC RITES OF FRANKENSTEIN, in which she was the intended Bride of Frankenstein.

All three films, which were Robert De Nesle co-productions, were shot with similar supporting casts on Portuguese locations. Alberto Dalbes plays the male authority figure/nemesis of the monsters in each title.

It would be nice to eventually have this delightful trilogy in HD. I know that Jess Franco considered DRACULA, PRISONER OF FRANKENSTEIN one of his most personal and successful attempts to make what he termed “a horror-cartoon.”

Ms. Nichols is by turns touching, frighteningly unpredictable, perverse and mysterious in the role, which seems tailor made for her.

A big plus is news that a commentary track by Video Watchdog and OBSESSION: THE FILMS OF JESS FRANCO co-author Tim Lucas is included. This is a most welcome release. DRACULA, PRISONER OF FRANKENSTEIN next, please?

(C) Robert Monell, 2016

 

Written by Robert Monell

7 abril 2016 a 10:08 PM

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