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7 April 1969 (USA) See more »
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Janine Reynaud stars as a nightclub stripper who free-floats through a spectral 60's landscape littered with dream-figures... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Janine Reynaud ... Lorna Green
Jack Taylor ... William Francis Mulligan
Adrian Hoven ... Ralf Drawes
Howard Vernon ... Admiral Kapp (as Howard Varnon)
Nathalie Nort ... Bella Olga
Michel Lemoine ... Pierce
Pier A. Caminnecci ... Hermann
Américo Coimbra ... The crucified actor
Lina De Wolf
Eva Brauner
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Jesús Franco ... Writer (uncredited)
Karl Heinz Mannchen ... Partyguest (uncredited)
Daniel White ... Piano Player (uncredited)

Directed by
Jesús Franco  (as Jess Franco)
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Pier A. Caminnecci  writer

Produced by
Pier A. Caminnecci .... associate producer
Adrian Hoven .... producer
Karl Heinz Mannchen .... executive producer
Original Music by
Friedrich Gulda 
Jerry van Rooyen 
Cinematography by
Jorge Herrero 
Franz Xaver Lederle  (as Franz Lederle)
Film Editing by
Frizzi Schmidt 
Art Direction by
Peter H. Krause 
Carlos Viudes 
Makeup Department
Irmgard Forster .... makeup artist
Production Management
Robert Gaffron .... production supervisor
Karl Heinz Mannchen .... unit production manager
Sound Department
Hans-Dieter Schwarz .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Howard Vernon .... still photographer
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Karl Lagerfeld .... costume designer: Janine Reynaud

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Also Known As:
"Necronomicon - Geträumte Sünden" - West Germany (original title)
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Argentina:95 min | USA:79 min | West Germany:84 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:18 | Canada:R (Manitoba/Nova Scotia/Ontario) | Canada:18 (Nova Scotia) | Finland:(Banned) (1970) | Netherlands:16 | UK:18 | UK:X (original rating) | USA:X | West Germany:18
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Star Janine Reynaud was discovered in a bistro in Rome, Italy by Jesús Franco.See more »
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Alice in Wonderland meets the nightclub queen, 27 September 2014
Author: Robert_Lovelace from New York, NY, United States

"Succubus" has Janine Reynaud as Lorna, a nightclub performer whose sadomasochistic live shows attract a plethora of wealthy onlookers. Though her shows are a success, Lorna begins to lose her grip on reality, fading in and out of a dreamlike marathon of bizarre encounters, images, and even murders.

As with virtually all Jess Franco films, "Succubus" suffers a serious incoherence issue— the editing is at times sloppy, the pacing is languorous and sometimes un-involving, and the central premise and exposition are all but essentially forgotten within the first ten minutes. The opening scene is clear and captivating, but the audience loses any and all potential grip immediately after— such is Jess Franco. With a plot that is either intrinsically unintelligible, or perhaps ingeniously molded to mirror the schizophrenic mind, the film instead offers visuals a plenty.

Sexually-charged, gaudy, and thoroughly dazzling are the aesthetics here, from the seediness of the nightclubs to the various sets and scenarios which Lorna is immersed in; there is a consistent visual flair that Franco employs which guarantees audience attention just on a surface level. The hallucinogenic nature of the film is reminiscent of adventures down the rabbit hole, albeit a bit more macabre and ten times as sexual. The stringing together of waking reality or waking fantasy is powerful on a subconscious level, as each of the images provoke without relent.

It's not difficult to see why some people can't stand the film, or Jess Franco, but there's something unusually captivating about "Succubus". Not being the biggest Franco fan, I did stumble through the film at times and I did find it dull in more than one instance, but it is a thoroughly bizarre amalgam of images and mindsets inhabited by a murderous nightclub S&M stripper/performance artist, and there's something inherently fascinating about that whether you like it or not. Even if you wanted to be bored, it's kind of hard to be. Confused? That's understandable. 6/10.

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