miércoles, 5 de agosto de 2009

Miss Muerte

After her father dies, Dr. Zimmer decides to take on her father’s experiments, which were shunned by the medical community, to commit vengeance against those who doubted his talents and caused his father’s heart attack. After faking her death and becoming your typical deformed mad scientist, Zimmer, with help of a zombie henchman, kidnaps a young, beautiful performance artist who also happens to have long, razor-like fingernails. With those fingernails and the young woman under her command, the vengeance continues. Will Scotland Yard solve the mystery in time to save the poor woman, and her boyfriend?

Ahh, Jess Franco. Some love him, many hate him. Indeed, I can’t think of any other filmmaker in the genre that polarizes opinions more than Franco. This might have something to do with the sporatic nature of his films, releasing genuine masterpieces one second, the other releasing a steaming turd, while delving into every single genre of exploitation possible. While I personally am a huge Franco fan, a lot of his haters might find themselves enjoying this film. Along with his first, The Awful Dr. Orlof, it’s his most commercial film, a typical gothic horror/thriller inspired by Franju’s Eyes Without A Face. The terror sequences are well made, and the photography is stunning. Lots of long corridors filled with deep shadows. The laboratory scenes are also pretty damn cool. It’s one of the best Franco films, available as The Diabolical Dr. Z from Mondo Macabro. And look out for Dr. Orlof himself, Howard Vernon, as one of the doomed doctors.

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