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Lina Romay is found, naked and bloody in a luxurious house and is
promptly taken to a mental institute. The doctors and nurses meant to
take care of her aren't exactly who they seem and a mysterious figure,
clad in black, circles the premise at night, offing nubile young women.
Who is it and why is he/she doing it, and why is Lina Romay always close-by witnessing it when it happens? Franco raises a lot of interesting questions that keeps the viewer intrigued for the duration of the feature presentation. Franco this time incorporated some thriller/slasher elements and made the film all the better for it.
Acting-wise it's pretty much business as usual - bad! But the girls are beautiful and naked... and let's face it, that's what these productions were all about. The photography is simply stunning, although a few instances can be seen where there seems to be vaseline smeared on the lens of the camera, but it really isn't distracting. An entertaining little Franco-gem. Sure, it's mainly for the fans but if you're looking for a way into the Franco universe, this is as good a place to start as any.
The DVD from Dietrich's company has, as always, excellent picture quality with vibrant colors that practically sting the eyes. A+ image-wise. There's not an abundance of extras on the disc but one can't really expect it either. The film in itself is good value for money. B+ overall.
Wicked Women (1977)
** (out of 4)
The police break into an apartment where they find a dead couple who appear to have been murdered. Upstairs is another woman (Lina Romay), naked and unable to talk from shock. the woman is sent to a mental hospital for women where a doctor (Michael Maien) and his assistant (Nanda Van Bergen) try to make her speak and tell them where the diamonds the dead couple were smuggling are hidden. Oh yeah, there's also a maniac dressed in black running through the hospital killing the women. This Franco outing got off to a pretty good start but things start to go downhill around the thirty-minute mark and for the most part everything that happens afterwards is pretty slow and dull. The film only runs 76-minutes but it feels much longer. Romay turns in a pretty good performance playing the silent character, which she is very good at doing in most films. The supporting cast is pretty good with Monica Swinn also having a small role. There's some nice visuals in the film and the music score also manages to be quite good. The film takes place in a women's hospital so you can expect several lesbian scenes including the highlight of the movie when five women make love to Romay when she first comes to the hospital.
Naked and bloodied Lina Romay is found in a luxurious mansion and is promptly taken to a mental hospital.The doctors and nurses are hiding something,female patients indulge in lesbian sex and a mysterious figure dressed in black robe stabs women to death.The hunt for missing diamonds begins...I am not a big fan of Jesus Franco.His movies are usually sleazy as hell and pretty dull at the same time."Wicked Women" is no exception.There is plenty of graphic nudity and lesbian encounters.The central performance of Lina Romay as Margareta is quite good.If you liked "Women Behind Bars" or "Faceless" give this one a look.6 out of 10.An average slice of absolute sleaze.
Wicked Women is pretty much a textbook example of what ultra-prolific
director Jess Franco was churning out in the mid 70's. For what it's
worth, the story entails the discovery of a naked, bloodied young woman
who is found in a catatonic state in a luxurious house alongside a
murdered husband and wife. She is immediately taken to a psychiatric
hospital. While there a mysterious black clad killer roams the grounds,
murdering several inmates.
It's the sort of narrative that seasoned Franco fans will recognise as pretty typical given that it is clearly set-up for a women in prison flick a sub-genre that Jess was certainly well versed in. Consequently, this one is chock full of sleazy action from start to finish, with plenty of lesbian fumbles and medical examinations. But, despite being a pretty clear example of sexploitation, like quite a lot of other similar Franco efforts it isn't particularly erotic. Don't get me wrong, Jess could make quality soft-core sex films take a look at any of the movies he made with Soledad Miranda for proof of that but quite often his approach was to just point the camera at extended scenes of naked groping with very little overall effort beyond that. This film sort of falls into this particular category, although pleasingly it does extend itself a little beyond this with sub-plots involving a serial killer and a hunt for missing diamonds, while there is also an extended flash-back detailing the deadly love triangle that sets up the story. Needless to say, it's production values are truly rock bottom and it's micro-budget is evident at all times, nevertheless, it still has some good looking photography at times when Jess remembers to use the focus properly. Cast-wise, Franco's muse Lina Romay is once again the star attraction, sporting a cropped barnet, and she is pretty good value it has to be said.
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
Despite having seen his name mentioned on a number of IMDb boards,I
have somehow never got round to taking even the slightest glimpse at
film maker Jess Franco's work.With having recently seen a fellow
IMDb'er do a list of their favourite Franco titles,I felt that with it
being the 11/12 of 2013,that it was the perfect moment to take a look
at Franco's work for the first time.
Curled up in a corner next to two dead bodies,and found to be mute,Margarita Martin is taken to a psychiatric hospital,in the hope that the staff will help Martin to "regain" her voice.Whilst treating Martin,the doctors and nurses discover that the 2 dead bodies that Martin was found next to,were in fact those of two thieves,who are/ were wanted for a diamond robbery.Desperate to get hold of the diamonds for themselves,each of the doctors and nurses begin to take extreme,deadly measures to make Martin find her voice.
View on the film:
Setting most of the movie in a psychiatric hospital,co-writer/,(along with Erwin C.Dietrich) director Jess Franco uses citrus colours and lighting to create a nightmare setting,where every corner of the hospital is filled with thieves and liars,who make it impossible for Margarita Martin (played by a very good Lina Romay) to be able to tell who is real,and who is not.
Initially appearing to be an interesting psychological chiller,the screenplay by Jess Franco and Erwin C.Dietrich sadly runs out of steam,when instead of focusing on the more interesting aspects of the film, (such as a wonderful Giallo-style black glove killer)instead put most of the focus on the naked "psychiatric treatment" that Martin receives,which despite being committed by a number of very pretty actresses,leads to this films loss of innocence sadly not being as memorable as it easily could have been.
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