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Jesús Franco (I) (1930–2013)

He was only six years old when he started composing music under the protection of his brother Enrique. After the Spanish Civil War he was able to continue his studies at the Real Conservatorio de Madrid, where he finished piano and harmony. Being a Bachelor of Law and an easy-read novel writer (under the pseudonym David Khume), he signed on to ... See full bio »

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Killer Barbys
Killer Barbys Writer
Oasis of the Zombies
Venus in Furs
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 2017 Malditas y condenadas (Video) (based on)
 2013 Revenge of the Alligator Ladies (as Jess Franco)
 2012 La cripta de las condenadas (as Jess Franco)
 2010 Paula-Paula (Video) (screenplay - as Rosa M. Almirall, dialogue)
 2009 Take-Away Spirit (additional dialogue)
 2005 Snakewoman (as Jess Franco)
 2005 Jess Franco's Passion (Video) (as Jess Franco)
 2005 Jess Franco's Perversion (Video) (as Jess Franco)
 2002 Killer Barbys vs. Dracula (screenplay - as Jess Franco) / (story - as Jess Franco)
 2002 Incubus (Video)
 2001 Vampire Junction (written by - as Jess Franco)
 2000 Blind Target (additional dialogue - as Jess Franco) / (story - as Jess Franco)
 2000 Helter Skelter (as David J. Khunne)
 1999 Broken Dolls (as David J. Khune)
 1999 Dr. Wong's Virtual Hell (as Jess Franco)
 1999 Red Silk (Video) (as David J. Khune)
 1999 Vampire Blues (Video) (as Jess Franco)
 1998 Lust for Frankenstein (Video)
 1998 Mari-Cookie and the Killer Tarantula (Video) (as Jess Franco)
 1997 Tender Flesh (as Jess Franco)
 1996 Killer Barbys (dialogue - as David Khunne II) / (screenplay - as David Khunne II) / (story - as Jess Franco)
 1994 Ciudad Baja (Downtown Heat) (screenplay - as Jess Franco) / (story - as Jess Franco)
 1992 Don Quixote (dialogue adaptation - as Jess Franco)
 1989 Esmeralda Bay (screenplay - as Jess Franco)
 1989 La chute des aigles (adaptation - as Jess Franco) / (screenplay - as David Khune)
 1988 Dark Mission: Evil Flowers (screenplay - as David Khunne Spanish version, A.L. Mariaux)
 1987 Slave of Crime (screenplay) / (story - as David Khune)
 1987 Faceless (uncredited)
 1987 Falo Crest (as Preston Quaid) / (story - as Lowel Richmond)
 1987 Phollastía (as Chuck Evans) / (story - as Lulu Laverne)
 1987 Commando Mengele (as D. Khunn)
 1987 Las chicas del tanga (screenplay) / (story)
 1986 Las chuponas (screenplay) / (story)
 1986 Les amazones du temple d'or (screenplay - as A.L. Mariaux) / (short story - as Jeff Manner)
 1986 Alone Against Terror (screenplay) / (story)
 1986 Entre pitos anda el juego (screenplay) / (story)
 1986 El mirón y la exhibicionista (screenplay) / (story)
 1986 El ojete de Lulú (screenplay) / (story)
 1986 Fury in the Tropics (screenplay) / (story)
 1986 Las últimas de Filipinas (story - as David Khune)
 1986 Para las nenas, leche calentita (screenplay) / (story)
 1985 El chupete de Lulú (screenplay) / (story)
 1985 Un pito para tres (screenplay) / (story)
 1985 Bangkok, cita con la muerte (screenplay) / (story)
 1985 La sombra del judoka contra el doctor Wong (screenplay) / (story)
 1985 Viaje a Bangkok, ataúd incluido (screenplay - as Jess Franco)
 1984 Bahía blanca (screenplay) / (story)
 1984 Una rajita para dos (screenplay) / (story)
 1984 Lilian (la virgen pervertida) (screenplay) / (story)
 1984 El siniestro doctor Orloff (screenplay) / (story)
 1984 ¿Cuánto cobra un espía? (screenplay - as Jess Franco)
 1984 Night Has a Thousand Desires (as Jess Franco)
 1984 Historia sexual de O (screenplay - as Jess Franco)
 1984 Camino solitario (screenplay - as Jess Franco) / (story - as Jess Franco)
 1983 Macumba sexual (screenplay - as Jess Franco) / (story - as Jess Franco)
 1983 El hotel de los ligues (screenplay) / (story)
 1983 Gemidos de placer (writer)
 1983 La casa de las mujeres perdidas (screenplay) / (story)
 1983 Confesiones íntimas de una exhibicionista (as D. Khunne Jr.)
 1983 Diamonds of Kilimandjaro (screenplay - as A.L. Malraux) / (story)
 1983 Cecilia
 1983 La noche de los sexos abiertos (adaptation - as Jess Franco) / (novel - as David Khunne)
 1983 Botas negras, látigo de cuero (as Clifford Brown, Jess Franco)
 1983 En busca del dragón dorado (writer)
 1983 Los blues de la calle Pop (Aventuras de Felipe Malboro, volumen 8) (screenplay and dialogue - as David Khune) / (story)
 1983 Sangre en mis zapatos (screenplay) / (story)
 1982 La mansión de los muertos vivientes (novel - as D. Khunne) / (screenplay)
 1982 Oasis of the Zombies (screenplay - as A.L. Mariaux, J. Franco)
 1982 El lago de las vírgenes (as David Khune)
 1982 Emmanuelle Exposed (screenplay - as Clifford Brown) / (story)
 1981 La chica de las bragas transparentes (screenplay) / (story)
 1981 Aberraciones sexuales de una mujer casada (screenplay) / (story - as Clifford Brown)
 1981 Zombie Lake (as A.L. Mariaux)
 1981 Les filles de Copacabana (screenplay) / (story)
 1981 Hellhole Women (screenplay)
 1981 Sex Is Crazy (screenplay) / (story)
 1980 El caníbal (screenplay - as Clifford Brown)
 1980 Terreur cannibale (uncredited)
 1980 White Cannibal Queen (as A.L. Mariaux, Jeff Manner)
 1980 Ópalo de fuego: Mercaderes del sexo (screenplay - as Jess Franco) / (story - as Jess Franco)
 1979 Justine and the Whip (screenplay - uncredited) / (story - uncredited)
 1978 Tropical Inferno (writer)
 1978 Frauen ohne Unschuld (writer)
 1978 Convoi de filles (as A.L. Mariaux)
 1977 Call of the Blonde Goddess (as Manfred Gregor)
 1977 Kiss Me Killer (as David Khunne)
 1977 Wanda, the Wicked Warden (as Jess Franco)
 1976 Un silencio de tumba (screenplay) / (story)
 1976 Jack the Ripper (screenplay - as Jess Franco)
 1976 Weiße Haut und schwarze Schenkel (screenplay) / (story)
 1976 Les emmerdeuses (scenario - as David Kuhne)
 1976 Midnight Party (story)
 1975 Al otro lado del espejo (written by)
 1975 L'éventreur de Notre-Dame (screenplay - as David Khune) / (story - as David Khune)
 1975 Les chatouilleuses (story)
 1975 Les nuits brûlantes de Linda (screenplay) / (story)
 1975 Female Vampire (as J.P. Johnson)
 1974 La comtesse perverse (scenario and adaptation - as Jesus Franco Manera)
 1974 Les possédées du diable (as Jesus Franco Manera)
 1974 Celestine, Maid at Your Service (uncredited)
 1974 La noche de los asesinos (as James P. Johnson)
 1974 La maison des filles perdues (screenplay - as A.L. Mariaux)
 1974 Plaisir a trois (scenario and adaptation - as Jesus Franco Manera)
 1974 The Lustful Amazons (adaptation - as Jesus Franco Manera) / (screenplay - as Jesus Franco Manera)
 1973 Les gloutonnes (as Jesus Franco Manera)
 1973 La nuit des étoiles filantes (written by - as Jess Franco)
 1973 Quartier de femmes (screenplay - as Jesus Franco) / (story - as Jesus Franco)
 1973 Le journal intime d'une nymphomane (scenario - as Jesus Franco Manera)
 1973 La maldición de Frankenstein (screenplay - as Jess Franco) / (story)
 1973 Eugénie (as Jess Franco)
 1973 Les démons (as Clifford Brown)
 1973 Los ojos siniestros del doctor Orloff (screenplay) / (story)
 1973 Tender and Perverse Emanuelle (screenplay - as A.L. Mariaux) / (story - as A.L. Mariaux, David Khunn)
 1972 Dr. M schlägt zu (screenplay) / (story)
 1972 La fille de Dracula (as Jess Franco)
 1972 Drácula contra Frankenstein (foreword - as David H. Klunne) / (screenplay) / (story)
 1972 Der Todesrächer von Soho (as Jess Frank)
 1972 Les cauchemars naissent la nuit (screenplay and adaptation)
 1972 Sex Charade (written by)
 1971 Sie tötete in Ekstase (as Frank Hollmann)
 1971 X312 - Flight to Hell (screenplay - uncredited) / (story - uncredited)
 1971 Vampyros Lesbos (screenplay - as Franco Manera)
 1970 Juliette (Short)
 1970 Count Dracula (uncredited)
 1970 The Bloody Judge (adaptation)
 1969 Venus in Furs (from a story by) / (screenplay)
 1969 Kiss Me Monster (idea) / (screenplay)
 1969 Sadist Erotica (idea and screenplay)
 1969 99 Women (screenplay - as Jess Franco) / (story - as Jess Franco)
 1968 The Blood of Fu Manchu (story and screenplay - as J. Franco)
 1968 Im Schloß der blutigen Begierde (story - uncredited)
 1967 Lucky, el intrépido (screenplay)
 1966 The Diabolical Dr. Z (original screenplay - as David Kuhne)
 1966 Cartes sur table (original screenplay - as J. Franco)
 1966 Das Missgeschick, ein Lord zu sein (TV Movie) (translation)
 1966 Residencia para espías (screenplay)
 1965 Misión Lisboa (story - as David Khunne)
 1964 La muerte silba un blues (screenplay) / (story)
 1964 The Mistresses of Dr. Jekyll (screenplay and dialogue) / (story - as David Kühne)
 1963 Rififí en la ciudad (as J. Franco)
 1963 Jaguar (story - as David Khunne)
 1962 Shades of Zorro (unconfirmed - unconfirmed)
 1962 Zorro the Avenger (screenplay) / (story)
 1962 The Awful Dr. Orlof (story - as David Khune) / (writer)
 1962 La mano de un hombre muerto (screenplay - as Jess Frank) / (story: "La Main d'un Homme Mort" - as David Khune)
 1962 Vampiresas 1930 (screenplay) / (story)
 1960 La reina del Tabarín (dialogue)
 1960 Ama Rosa
 1960 Labios rojos (screenplay) / (story)
 1959 Tenemos 18 años (screenplay) / (story)
 1959 Luna de verano (writer)
 1959 Las playas vacías (Documentary short) (screenplay) / (story)
 1959 Llegaron los franceses (writer)
 1959 Oro español (Documentary short) (screenplay) / (story)
 1957 Fulano y Mengano (writer)
 1957 El árbol de España (Documentary short) (screenplay) / (story)
 1956 La melodía misteriosa (story - as A.L. Mariaux)
 1956 Miedo
 1956 Coyote
 1955 Coyote (screenplay) / (story)
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Other Works:

Album: Recorded the spoken intro (titled "Ten Cuidado Hermano") for the album "Supervillanos de Alquiler" by Spanish hip-op band Hablando en Plata--even though he says that he dislikes rap music.

Publicity Listings:

4 Biographical Movies | 3 Print Biographies | 3 Interviews | 9 Articles | 1 Magazine Cover Photo | See more »

Alternate Names:

Joan Almirall | Rosa M. Almirall | Rosa María Almirall | Rosa Mª Almirall | Rosa Almirall | Clifford Brawn | Clifford Brown Jr. | Clifford Brown | Juan G. Cabral | Betty Carter | Candy Coster | Terry De Corsia | Rick Deconinck | Raymond Dubois | Chuck Evans | Toni Falt | Dennis Farnon | Jess Franck | J. Franco | Jesse Franco | Jess Franco | Jesus Franco | A.M. Frank | Adolf M. Frank | Anton Martin Frank | Jeff Frank | Jess Frank | Wolfgang Frank | James Gardner | Manfred Gregor | Jack Griffin | Lennie Hayden | Frank Hollman | Frank Hollmann | Frarik Hollmann | Rick Deconinck in Italy | B.F. Johnson | J.P. Johnson | James Lee Johnson | James P. Johnson | David J. Khune | David Khune | D. Khunn | David Khunn | David Khunne II | D. Khunne Jr. | D. Khunne | David J. Khunne | David Khunne | David H. Klunne | David Kuhne | David Kunne | David Kühne | Lulu Laverne | Lulú Laverne | A.L. Malraux | Franco Manera | J. Franck Manera | J. Frank Manera | Jesus Franco Manera | Jesus Manera | J.F. Manner | Jeff Manner | Roland Marceignac | A.L. Mariaux | A.L. Marioux | C. Plaut | Preston Quaid | P. Querut | Lowel Richmond | Dan L. Simon | Dan Simon | Dave Tough | Pablo Villa | Joan Vincent | Robert Zinnermann

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Personal Quote:

But I never made a film thinking that I'd win the Grand Prize in Cannes. Never. I always thought it would be so beautiful for my films to be shown in theaters in the suburbs and the theater is packed with people who are enjoying my films. There it is. That's more than enough. There's nothing else. See more »


After a hiatus of several years, he returned to directing with one feature film and two video features at the age of 75. He now has over 180 directing credits. See more »


His films frequently feature nightclub scenes, hotels, beaches and mind control. See more »


Tío Jess

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