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Les Démons (1972)
aka. The Sex Demons

Directors: Jess Franco
Genre: Nunsploitation/Horror

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Synopsis:
A witch burned at the stake curses her accusers, Lord Jeffreys (Cihangir Gaffari), Lady de Winter (Karin Field) and her lover Renfield (Alberto Dalbes), and she proclaims as she burns that her daughters will fulfill the curse. Alarmed, Lady de Winter sets out with Renfield to find the girls, Margaret (Britt Nichols) and Kathleen (Anne Libert), tracing them to a convent where they have become nuns.

Once at the Blackmoor Nunnery, Mother Superior (Doris Thomas) tells Lady de Winter that she has had her eye on 2 nuns in particular who appear to have impure thoughts. Upon closer inspection Lady de Winter finds out Kathleen is not a virgin and proceeds to move her to a castle where she is tortured. Lord de Winter (Howard Vernon) frees Kathleen from her torture, but Lord Jeffrey's gives Renfield, who was wrongly accused of freeing Kathleen, 3 days to find her. The fun only begins there though as Margaret soon finds herself possessing the evil that "invaded" her body one night." - from Xploitedcinema


My oppinion:
I'd never heard of this one before the director's cut was released on DVD. It started with a bang as an old witch got convicted and burned on the stake. I'd say that the camerawork in this one is actually pretty good compared with many other Franco movies and the acting is mostly within acceptable standards. Franco really doesn't hold back on the sleaze here and it's really nicely done. In some of his movies, I don't find many of the sleazy scenes very sensual and erotic, but some of these are! Might be because (some of) the girls in "Les Démons" actually look very nice and sexy. It's got all the "necessary" ingredients for a nunsploitation movie, like: naughty, naughty nuns and torture scenes. Also the guitar riff that gets played every time there's some erotic action sounds cool.
This sounds like a "perfect" movie, but I wouldn't go quite that far. Some of the so-called "special effects" aren't very impressinve. Like the scenes where people get transformed to skeletons look pretty cheap and silly. The scene where a guy is looking at the stars through his telescope in what can only be described as sunlight is pretty fun. Some of the dialogue sounds kind of corny, but that's a bit fun too. Another small annoyance was that I got sort of tired of seeing the witches getting captured, then freed over and over again.
One more thing I should mention is that some of the dialogue is in French, but only about 2 minutes, so it's really no problem.
My conclusion is that "Les Démons" was very enjoyable and great fun! I'm sure any fan of Jess Franco would agree with me on that.

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Want more info on this movie?: IMDB

Buy "Les Démons Director's Cut" at: Xploitedcinema or Absurd (not direct link)