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Not only is Spanish-born, internationally marked horror,
cult and exploitation filmmaker Jess Franco one of the most prolific directors
in cinema history (over 200 films made over the span of 50+ years, and under a
plethora of pseudonyms), he’s also one of the most passionate and enigmatic. A
natural voyeur and obsessive lover of movies – both as architect and spectator
– Franco’s films are intriguing, brilliant, frustrating, visionary, reckless
and dividing; sometimes within a single scene. Take his 1974 sex vampire
classic BARE BREASTED COUNTESS – aka EROTIKILL, LES AVALEUSE, LOVES OF IRINA
etc - on for size…it’s as personal and confounding a picture as you’ll ever
encounter and yet it’s also unforgettable.
The star of BARE BREASTED COUNTESS was Lina Romay, the
Spanish model, actress, long time muse and common law wife/professional partner
to Franco, the absolute love of his life. When she passed earlier this year
after a battle with cancer, universal concern for Franco’s welfare was felt
from his friends and fans.
One of those admirers and pals, PLAGUE TOWN and THEATRE
BIZARRE director and Severin Films mastermind David Gregory, ventured to
Franco’s home in Spain to sit with him, discuss some of his classics and get a
sense of where his emotional wellbeing was at.
As it turns out, Franco is thriving and planning to direct
two new horror films.
[They] will start shooting next month in Malaga,” Gregory
tells FANGORIA, “and I've no idea on budget, but I understand longtime Franco
actor/collaborator Antonio Mayans is involved in the productions. They will be
titled SISTER VAMPIRE and THE CASE OF THE FRIGHTENED LADY, the latter based on
an Edgar Wallace story [Ed. note—Adapted as a film in 1940, THE CASE OF THE FRIGHTENED LADY concerns an aristocratic family and their propensity for murderous deeds].”
Gregory also shared an audio clip with us, wherein he asks
Franco if he ever had planned to stop making movies.
“Never,” said Franco. “The one day I have to stop, life will stop for me. This is the thing I
prefer. The death of Lina gave me—instead of letting me die in a corner—it gave me the power to go again.”
This is great news for Franco fans and fantastic evidence
that his love and undying need to express himself will never, ever go gently
into that good night. Keep your eyes focused on the pages of a future issue of
FANGORIA for some exclusive, extensive and equally passionate Jess Franco
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