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Jesus Franco


Born 12 May, 1930
Madrid
Spain

Birthname: Jesús Franco Manera

Jesus Franco directed his first full-length movie in 1959, a comedy called "Tenemos 18 años". His first commercial success came with the horror/thriller "The Awful Dr. Orlof" (1962). He also got to assist one of his favourite directors, Orson Welles on "Chimes at Midnight" (1965). Throughout the 60's he worked all over Europe, creating films like "Succubus", an erotic horror movie considered by many to be of his greatest achievements. This got him the attention of international producer "Harry Alan Towers", which wanted him to direct two "Fu Manchu" movies: "The Blood of Fu Manchu" (1968) and "The Castle of Fu Manchu" (1969). More Franco-Towers productions followed, like "99 Women" (1968), "Venus in Furs" (1969) and "Count Dracula" (1969). Franco's two "De Sade" movies: "Justine" (1969) and "Eugenie" (1970) were also Franco-Towers productions. Franco and Towers ended up making 9 movies together. In the 70s Franco made several provocative and taboo-breaking movies such as "Vampyros Lesbos" (1971) and "Love Letters of a Portugese Nun" (1976) in addition to several "WIP"(Women in Prison) movies, which gave him big problems with censorship. Franco's wife, actress "Lina Romay" starred in numerous Franco films (often of a erotic nature) like "Exorcism" (1974) and "Doriana Grey" (1976). In the 80's he directed movies like sleazy "Sadomanía" (1981), "Linda" (1981) and "Faceless" (1988). In the 90's he's done movies like "Killer Barbys" (1996), "Incubus" (2002) and "Don Quixote" (1992) which was originally an Orson Welles project that he never got a chance to finish.

In his career, Jess Franco has directed more then 180 movies (an average of 4 movies each year), and at the age of 74, he's still going strong. He's currently working on a movie called "Cries in the Night". Not many directors can show to this kind of productivity. He's tried just about every genre out there, but he's best known for his horror and exploitation movies.





My oppinion
Jesus Franco is one of my all time favourite directors. I've always been a fan of exploitation and euro-sleaze, and in those genres, Franco is the maestro (Together with Jean Rollin)! His movies are intriguing, often dreamlike and extreme. Movies like "Sadomanía" and "Eugenie" is proof of that. Franco's problem is that he's never been trusted with a big budget. The largest budget movie he's ever worked with was "Justine". In an interview, Franco said that this movie would be a lot better if he could have decided who would play the lead role, but inexperienced actress Romina Power ended up getting the role against Franco's wishes. I have to admit though, that many of his movies are less then good to put it mildly, but what can one expect when spitting out 4 movies a year with virtually no budget?! Another thing I like about Jesus Franco is that he's not afraid to speak his mind. If there's someone or something he doesn't like, he states it clearly!
I'm very pleased that many of his movies have been released on DVD in their uncut form over the years, and more are coming.





Filmography
Providing a complete filmography of Franco's work is a very difficult task, as he's been working under LOTS of aliases. Here you'll find most of his more known movies. I don't guarantee that I'm 100% correct when it comes to if titles are on DVD or not. I might have missed a few releases.. In most cases, I've chosen to use the English language title as the "main" title with some exceptions.


Nr Year Title

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1 1959

Tenemos 18 años
aka We Are 18 Years Old

  IMDB
2 1962

Awful Dr. Orlof, The
aka Gritos en la noche
aka Cries in the Night
aka Demon Doctor, The
aka Diabolical Dr. Satan, The

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3 1962

Sadistic Baron Von Klaus, The
aka Mano de un hombre muerto, La

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4 1964

Secret of Dr. Orloff, The
aka Secreto del Dr. Orloff, El
aka Brides of Dr. Jekyll
aka Dr. Jekyll's Mistresses
aka Dr. Orloff's Monster

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5 1966

Attack of the Robots
aka Cartas boca arriba

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6 1966

Diabolical Dr. Z
aka Miss Muerte
aka Miss Death (1966)
aka Miss Death and Dr. Z in the Grip of the Maniac

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7 1967

Lucky, the Inscrutable
aka Lucky, el intrépido
aka Agente speciale L.K.

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8 1968

Succubus
aka Necronomicon - Geträumte Sünden
aka Necromicron

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9 1968

Blood of Fu Manchu, The
aka Against All Odds
aka Fu Manchu and the Keys of Death
aka Fu Manchu and the Kiss of Death
aka Fu Manchu's Kiss of Death
aka Kiss and Kill
aka Kiss of Death

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10 1969

Girl from Rio, The
aka Sieben Männer der Sumuru, Die
aka Future Woman
aka Future Women
aka Mothers of America
aka Rio 70
aka River 70
aka Seven Secrets of Sumuru, The

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11 1969

99 Women
aka 99 mujeres
aka Hot Death, The
aka Island of Despair
aka Isle of Lost Women
aka Prostitutes in Prison
aka Sex im Frauengefängnis

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12 1969

Sadisterótica
aka Caso de las dos bellezas, El
aka Case of the Two Beauties, The
aka Red Lips
aka Sadist Erotica
aka Two Undercover Angels
aka Wolf - Horror pervers, Der  

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13 1969

Marquis de Sade: Justine
aka Justine
aka Deadly Sanctuary
aka Justine and Juliet

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14 1969

Castle of Fu Manchu, The
aka Folterkammer des Dr. Fu Man Chu, Die
aka Assignment Istanbul
aka Fu Manchu's Castle
aka Torture Chamber of Fu Manchu, The

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15 1969

Castle of the Doomed
aka Bésame monstruo
aka Kiss Me, Monster

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16 1969

Venus in Furs
aka Paroxismus
aka Black Angel
aka Jess Franco's Venus in Furs

  IMDB
17 1970

Bloody Judge, The
aka Trono di fuoco, Il
aka Hexentöter von Blackmoor, Der
aka Night of the Blood Monster
aka Throne of the Blood Monster
aka Trial of the Witches
aka Witch Killer of Broadmoor
aka Witches' Trial

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18 1970

Count Dracula
aka Conde Drácula, El
aka Bram Stoker's Count Dracula
aka Dracula 71
aka Nights of Dracula, The

  IMDB
19 1970

Eugenie... the Story of Her Journey Into Perversion
aka Eugenie
aka Isla de la muerte, La
aka De Sade 70
aka Philosophy in the Boudoir (1970)
aka Wildkatze, Die

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19 1970

Sex Charade
aka Labyrinthe du sexe, Le

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20 1970

Nightmares Come at Night
aka Cauchemars naissent la nuit, Les

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21 1971

Devil Came from Akasava, The
aka Teufel kam aus Akasava, Der

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22 1971

Vampyros Lesbos
aka Vampiras, Las
aka Heiress of Dracula, The
aka Heritage of Dracula, The
aka Lesbian Vampires
aka Lesbian Vampires: The Heiress of Dracula
aka Sign of the Vampire, The
aka Strange Adventure of Jonathan Harker, The
aka Vampire Women, The
aka Vampyros Lesbos: Die Erbin des Dracula

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23 1971

X312 - Flight to Hell
aka X312 - Flug zur Hölle

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24 1971

She Killed in Ecstasy
aka Sie tötete in Ekstase

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25 1971

Virgin Report
aka Jungfrauen-Report

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26 1972

Robinson and His Tempestuous Slaves
aka Robinson und seine wilden Sklavinnen
aka Sexy Darlings, The

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27 1972

Corpse Packs His Bags, The
aka Muerto hace las maletas, El

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28 1972

Dracula Vs. Dr. Frankenstein
aka Drácula contra Frankenstein
aka Dracula Against Frankenstein
aka Dracula Prisoner of Frankenstein
aka Screaming Dead

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29 1972

Venganza del doctor Mabuse, La
aka Dr. M schlägt zu

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30 1972

Daughter of Dracula
aka Fille de Dracula, La

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31 1972

Curse of Frankenstein, The
aka Expériences érotiques de Frankenstein, Les
aka Erotic Adventures of Frankenstein, The
aka Erotic Rites of Frankenstein, The

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32 1972

Dolls for Sale
aka Ebranlées, Les
aka Maison du vice
aka Vibrating Girls

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33 1972

Les Démons
aka Sex Demons, The
aka Demons, The
aka She-Demons

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34 1973

Diary of a Nymphomaniac
aka Diario íntimo de una ninfómana
aka Sinner

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35 1973

Virgin Among the Living Dead, A
aka Christina, princesse de l'érotisme
aka Among the Living Dead
aka Christine, Princess of Eroticism
aka Zombi 4: A Virgin Among the Living

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36 1973

French Emanuelle
aka Tendre et perverse Emanuelle
aka Tender and Perverse Emanuelle

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37 1973

Lustful Amazons, The
aka Maciste contre la reine des Amazones
aka Amazon Golden Temple
aka Yuka

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38 1973

Female Vampire
aka Avaleuses, Les
aka Bare Breasted Countess
aka Black Countess, The
aka Erotic Kill
aka Insatiable Lust
aka Jacula
aka Last Thrill, The
aka Loves of Irina, The
aka Sicarius - the Midnight Party
aka Yacula

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39 1974

Lovers of Devil's Island
aka Quartier de femmes
aka Amantes de la isla del diablo, Los

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40 1974

Celestine
aka Célestine, bonne à tout faire
aka Celestine an All Round Maid
aka Celestine, Maid at Your Service
aka Sexcapades of Celestine, The

  IMDB
41 1974

Lorna, the Exorcist
aka Possédées du diable, Les
aka Exorcisme
aka Possédées du démon, Les

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42 1974

Kiss Me Killer
aka Embrasse-moi
aka Tango au clair de lune

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43 1975

Obscene Mirror
aka Miroir obscène, Le

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44 1975

Perverse Countess, The
aka Croqueuses, Les

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45 1975

Shining Sex
aka Fille au sexe brillant, La

  IMDB
46 1975

Barbed Wire Dolls
aka Frauengefängnis
aka Caged Women
aka Women's Penitentiary IV

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47 1975

Down Town
aka Downtown - Die nackten Puppen der Unterwelt

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48 1975

Women Behind Bars
aka Des diamants pour l'enfer

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49 1975

Lady porno
aka Coccolona, La
aka Midnight Party

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50 1976

Jack the Ripper
aka Dirnenmörder von London, Der

  IMDB
51 1976

Wild Desire
aka Mädchen im Nachtverkehr

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52 1976

Suspiri
aka Noche de los asesinos, La

  IMDB
53 1976

Sexy Sisters
aka Teuflischen Schwestern, Die
aka Devilish Sisters, The

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54 1976

Doriana Grey
aka Marquise von Sade, Die

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55 1976

Swedish Nympho Slaves
aka Sklavinnen, Die

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56 1977

Ilsa, the Wicked Warden
aka Greta - Haus ohne Männer
aka Greta the Torturer
aka Greta, the Mad Butcher
aka Greta, the Sadist
aka Ilsa: Absolute Power
aka Wanda, the Wicked Warden

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57 1977

Love Letters of a Portuguese Nun
aka Liebesbriefe der portugiesischen Nonne, Die
aka Love Letters From a Portuguese Nun

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58 1977

Blue Rita
aka Frauenhaus, Das
aka Cabaret des filles perverses, Le

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59 1977

Love Camp
aka Frauen im Liebeslager

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60 1977

Voodoo Passion
aka Ruf der blonden Göttin, Der
aka Porno Shock

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61 1977

Women Without Innocence
aka Frauen ohne Unschuld

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62 1977

Women In Cellblock 9
aka Frauen für Zellenblock 9
aka Tropical Inferno

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63 1978

Je brûle de partout
aka Dossiers mineures
aka Rapt de nymphettes

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64 1979

Exorcisms
aka Sádico de Notre-Dame, El
aka Chains and Black Leather
aka Demoniac
aka Exorcism and Black Masses
aka Exorcisme
aka Ripper of Notre Dame, The
aka Sadist of Notre Dame, The
aka Sexorcismes

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65 1980

Sexo Cannibal
aka Cacciatore di uomini, Il
aka Devil Hunter
aka Man Hunter, The
aka Mandingo Manhunter

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66 1981

Bloody Moon
aka Säge des Todes, Die

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67 1981

Sadomanía
aka Sadomania - Hölle der Lust
aka Hellhole Women

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68 1981

Linda
aka Captive Women
aka Naked Super Witches of the Rio Amore
aka Orgy of the Nymphomaniacs
aka Story of Linda, The

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69 1981

Mondo cannibale
aka Sexo caníbal
aka Barbarian Goddess
aka Cannibals
aka White Cannibal Queen

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70 1981

Pick-Up Girls
aka Chica de las bragas transparentes, La

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71 1982

Revenge in the House of Usher
aka Neurosis
aka Revolt of the House of Usher
aka Zombie 5

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72 1982

Emmanuelle Exposed
aka Orgías inconfesables de Emmanuelle, Las
aka Emmanuelle Forever

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73 1983

Oasis of the Zombies
aka Tumba de los muertos vivientes, La
aka Bloodsucking Nazi Zombies
aka Grave of the Living Dead
aka Oasis of the Living Dead, The
aka Treasure of the Living Dead, The

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74 1983

Treasure of the White Goddess, The
aka Tesoro de la diosa blanca, El
aka Diamonds of Kilimandjaro
aka Mondo cannibale IV

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75 1983

Cries of Pleasure
aka Gemidos de placer

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76 1983

Alone Against Terror
aka Sola ante el terror

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77 1983

Blood On My Shoes
aka Sangre en mis zapatos

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78 1984

Night of 1,000 Sexes
aka Mil sexos tiene la noche

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79 1984

Is Cobra a Spy?
aka ¿Cuánto cobra un espía?

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80 1984

Sinister Dr. Orloff, The
aka Siniestro doctor Orloff, El
aka Experimentos macabros

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81 1984

Lillian, the Perverted Virgin
aka Lilian (la virgen pervertida)

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92 1986

Lulu's Talking Ass
aka Ojete de Lulú, El

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92 1986

Entre pitos anda el juego (XXX)


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83 1987

Slave of Crime
aka Esclavas del crimen

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84 1988

Faceless
aka Depredadores de la noche, Los
aka Prédateurs de la nuit, Les

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85 1988

Dark Mission (Operación cocaína)
aka Dark Mission (Les fleurs du mal)
aka Dark Mission: Evil Flowers

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86 1989

Fall of the Eagles  
aka Chute des aigles, La

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87 1989

Esmeralda Bay
aka Bahía esmeralda, La

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88 1992

Don Quixote
aka Don Quijote de Orson Welles

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89 1996

Killer Barbys
aka Killer Barbies, The

  IMDB
90 1998

Tender Flesh
aka Carne fresca

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91 1998

Mari-Cookie and the Killer Tarantula
aka 8 Legs to Love You

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92 1998

Lust for Frankenstein

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93 1999

Vampire Blues

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94 1999

Red Silk

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95 1999

Dr. Wong's Virtual Hell  

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96 1999

Broken Dolls 

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97 2000

Helter Skelter

  IMDB
98 2000

Blind Target
aka Obietivo a ciégas

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99 2001

Vampire Junction

  IMDB
100 2002

Incubus
aka Jess Franco's Incubus

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101 2002

Killer Barbys vs. Dracula
aka Killer Barbys contra Dracula
aka Killer Barbys vs. Dracula

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102 2004

Snakewoman

IMDB
102 2005

Flores de Perversión (XXX)

IMDB
102 2005

Flores de la Pasión (XXX)

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YES* - Is released on DVD, but might be in a foreign language (unsubbed/undubbed) or it might be hard to track down/out of print.

YES** - On DVDr





Other Jesus Franco resources
IMDB (Biograpy, Filmography, ++)
Mondo Erotico(News, Filmography, ++) Very nice site!
Film Threat(Interview with Jess Franco)
The Official Jess Franco Collection (Franco Releases, other info)
DVD Aficionado (List of released Franco DVD's)


Sources
IMDB
Mondo Erotico
Film Threat

Linear Notes on Anchor Bay's "Eugenie" DVD
Jess Franco Talent Bios on Blue Underground's "The Blood of Fu Manchu" DVD