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The Awful Dr. Orlof -- Dr. Orlof, a former prison doctor, abducts beautiful women from nightclubs and tries to use their skin to repair his daughter's fire-scarred face.


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  (in credits order)
Conrado San Martín ... Inspector Tanner
Diana Lorys ... Wanda Bronsky / Melissa
Howard Vernon ... Dr. Orloff
Perla Cristal ... Arne
María Silva ... Dany (as Mary Silvers)
Ricardo Valle ... Morpho Lodner
Mara Laso ... Irma Gold
Venancio Muro ... Jean Rousseau
Félix Dafauce ... Inspector
Faustino Cornejo ... Jeannot
Manuel Vázquez ... Klein
Juan Antonio Riquelme
Fernando Montes ... Malou (as Fernando C. Montes)
Elena María Tejeiro ... Ursula Camila
Javier de Rivera
Ángel Calero
Fernando Sala
Laly Vicent
José Carlos Arévalo
Rafael Ibáñez
Carmen Porcel ... Madame Gold
Rafael Hernández

Marisa Paredes
Juan García Tiendra ... False Suspect
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Pilar Gómez Ferrer ... Wanda's Dresser
Mercedes Manero
Amy Márquez
María de la Riva
Mari Carmen Ruiz

Jesús Franco ... Pianista (uncredited)

Directed by
Jesús Franco 
Writing credits
Jesús Franco  story (as David Khune) and
Jesús Franco  writer

Produced by
Leo Lax .... producer
Marius Lesoeur .... producer
Serge Newman .... producer
Original Music by
José Pagán 
Antonio Ramírez Ángel 
Cinematography by
Godofredo Pacheco 
Film Editing by
Alfonso Santacana 
Production Design by
Antonio Simont 

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Also Known As:
"Gritos en la noche" - Spain (original title)
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90 min | Sweden:86 min (banned version)
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Director Cameo (Jesus Franco): Man playing piano in bar.See more »
Anachronisms: In the English-dubbed version a female witness said about the perpetrator that "he walked like a robot". The story was set in 1912, and the word "robot" first appeared in a Czech science fiction play in 1921. The writer was Karel Capek.See more »
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11 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
Early overrated Franco chiller., 29 January 2002
Author: Infofreak from Perth, Australia

'The Awful Dr. Orloff' is obviously ripped off the extraordinary 'Eyes Without A Face'. I didn't really have a problem with that in itself, only that what Franco does with such potentially rich material. Which is, nothing much. Sadly this early Jess Franco effort, though entertaining enough, never reaches the surrealistic heights of his late 60s/early 70s peak ('Vampyros Lesbos', 'Succubus',etc.).

My enjoyment of this movie was lessened by it being the badly dubbed American version with inane dialogue. The way English versions of European horror invariably dumb down the scripts/characters is one of my pet peeves. Why do they do this? Lack of respect for genre movies? Or some kind of reverse Hollywood snobbery? Not having seen the original Spanish cut though I'll give this movie the benefit of the doubt. It just might be better than I think.

Veteran character actor (and Franco regular) Howard Vernon ('Alphaville') is excellent in the title role, and his side-kick Morpho (Ricardo Valle) is suitably menacing, but the Inspector Tanner character is a joke, and the scenes of police "procedure" really drag this movie down. Disappointing overall knowing what Franco would achieve in later, more original movies, but still a reasonable way to waste a rainy afternoon.

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