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100 Rifles

A big, loud, lusty western battle movie with sexy stars and zero brains, this was a big hit back in ’69, just before The Wild Bunch rebooted the entire genre. Jim Brown, Raquel Welch and Burt Reynolds burn up the screen with action, even though the actual acting is on the weak side.

100 Rifles


Kl Studio Classics

1969 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 110 min. / Street Date November 29, 2016 / available through Kino Lorber / 29.95

Starring Jim Brown, Raquel Welch, Burt Reynolds, Fernando Lamas, Dan O’Herlihy, Eric Braeden, Michael Forest, Aldo Sambrell, Soledad Miranda.

Cinematography Cecilio Paniagua

Film Editor Robert Simpson

Original Music Jerry Goldsmith

Second Unit Director Chuck Roberson

Written by Clair Huffaker, Tom Gries from a novel by Robert MacLeod

Produced by Marvin Schwartz

Directed by Tom Gries

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

The Italian western phenomenon hit Europe in 1964 with Sergio Leone’s first blockbuster, but the wave didn’t strike America for several years,
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‘Vampyros Lesbos’ Blu-ray Review

Severin Films make their return to the UK home video market with the Blu-ray release of two Jess Franco films in their library, She Killed in Ecstasy and Vampyros Lesbos – erotically charged Euro-horrors starring Franco fave Soledad Miranda which mark the pinnacle of Franco’s career. The former, a revenge thriller, is considered the best of the 200-odd films the Spanish auteur has made, whilst the latter is a crowd-pleasing slice of sleaze (who doesn’t love lesbian vampires) that is also an oddly-faithful adaptation of Dracula.

Vampyros Lesbos

Stars: Soledad Miranda, Ewa Strömberg, Dennis Price, Paul Muller, Heidrun Kussin, José Martínez Blanco, Michael Berling, Andrea Montchal | Written by Jaime Chávarri, Jesús Franco, Anne Settimó | Directed by Jess Franco

Utilising the same cast of performers has always been something of a trait of Jess Franco’s but when you watch two of his films back-to-back (as I did with Severin
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‘She Killed in Ecstasy’ Blu-ray Review

Severin Films make their return to the UK home video market with the Blu-ray release of two Jess Franco films in their library, She Killed in Ecstasy and Vampyros Lesbos – erotically charged Euro-horrors starring Franco fave Soledad Miranda which mark the pinnacle of Franco’s career. The former, a revenge thriller, is considered the best of the 200-odd films the Spanish auteur has made, whilst the latter is a crowd-pleasing slice of sleaze (who doesn’t love lesbian vampires) that is also an oddly-faithful adaptation of Bram Stoker’s classic novel Dracula.

She Killed In Ecstasy

Stars: Soledad Miranda, Fred Williams, Paul Muller, Howard Vernon, Ewa Strömberg, Horst Tappert | Written and Directed by Jess Franco

She Killed In Ecstasy tells the story of Mrs. Johnson (Miranda), the widow of a young doctor (Williams) who kills himself after a medical committee terminates his research into human embryos, considering it too inhumane.
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Severin Films to debut Franco Blu’s in the UK

What are widely considered to be the finest works of late, great Euro-cult master Jess Franco’s labyrinthine career, his 1971 erotic horrors Vampyros Lesbos and She Killed in Ecstasy have long been sought after by cult cinema collectors. Now, for the first time ever in the UK, the fully restored, uncensored versions of both films will be available in Special Editions from Severin Films.

Both films star the bewitching beauty Soledad Miranda, who was tragically killed before either film was released, and achieved additional cult status thanks to the sexadelic, ultra groovy soundtrack that became an unexpected dance floor hit three decades after original release.

Vampyros Lesbos has already had successful and acclaimed theatrical screenings in the UK ahead of these releases, and the time is set for the extraordinary work of the mercurial Franco to reach out to a brand new audience. Featuring newly created cover art by Wes Benscoter,
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Jess Franco On Blu-ray: She Killed In Ecstasy And Vampyros Lesbos From Severin Films

Cult film specialists Severin Films recently released two of Jess Franco's most well known and liked films on Blu-ray. She Killed in Ecstasy and Vampyros Lesbos are both extremely good examples of where Franco was in 1970-1971in terms of honing his craft. Spanish siren Soledad Miranda stars in both films, and turns out to be the best thing in them by no small margin. We've taken a look at both films and the incredible packages that Severin has assembled for them....

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Severin Announces Restored Jess Franco Blus of Vampyros Lesbos and She Killed in Ecstasy

Severin Films has announced fully restored and uncut Blus for two of Jess Franco’s most lauded works, Vampyros Lesbos and She Killed in Ecstasy. Out May 12th is Vampyros Lesbos and She Killed in Ecstasy, in limited editions of 7500 and 4000, respectively. Both beloved cult titles star Soledad Miranda. In the former, she plays…

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Retro Slave: Jess Franco's Vampyros Lesbos & She Killed In Ecstasy Restored for Blu-ray Release

For the first time ever in America, the fully restored, uncensored versionsof Jesse Franco's Vampyros Lesbos and She Killed In Ecstasy will hit Blu-ray in newly restored 2 Disc Limited Editions on May 12th.

Early orders through Severin will ship late-April and come with posters of newly commissioned Wes Benscoter artwork, with orders of both titles.

Both films star the bewitching beauty Soledad Miranda, who was tragically killed before either film was released.

Full specs on these Special Editions, including a pair of Franco’s final interviews, are as follows:

Vampyros Lesbos Limited Edition Of 7500

Disc 1 (Blu-Ray):

Newly remastered HD presentation of the feature in its original 1.66:1 aspect ratio

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Horror Round-Up: Vampyros Lesbos, She Killed in Ecstasy, The Monster That Challenged the World

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Welcome to a special Blu-ray edition of the horror round-up! This time we're taking a look at three upcoming home media releases of horror films featuring killers of the monstrous, human, and vampiric variety. This spring will see special two-disc Collector's Edition Blu-ray releases of Jesús Franco's Vampyros Lesbos and She Killed in Ecstasy, and fans of Arnold Laven's creature feature, The Monster That Challenged the World, should be pleased to know that the film will hit home media in high-definition in August from Kino Lorber (special features have yet to be revealed for all three releases).

Vampyros Lesbos (April 14th Blu-ray release): Directed by Jesús Franco, Vampyros Lesbos stars Soledad Miranda, Dennis Price, and Ewa Strömberg.

Synopsis: "Countess Nadine Carody, a vampire with an insatiable thirst for female blood, lures women to her isolated island to love...then kill...her victims! Linda Westinghouse comes to the
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Jess Franco’s Vampyros Lesbos at The Hi-Pointe Midnights This Weekend

Vampyros Lesbos screens midnights this Friday and Saturday (February 6th and 7th) at The Hi-Pointe Theater (1005 McCausland Ave., St. Louis, Mo 63117)

I can’t believe after all these years I’m finally getting to see a Jess Franco movie on the big screen. This weekend at The Hi-Pointe Theater, Andy at Destroy the Brain is offering up one the late Spanish director’s most noteworthy and beautiful films, Vampyros Lesbos, as part of the Late Night Grindhouse Midnight series.

I first discovered the captivating allure of Jess Franco as a child when his Count Dracula (1970) and Attack Of The Robots (1966) would constantly air on the creature feature syndicate. Even as a kid, I was captivated by Franco’s hypnotic, dreamy style and I can remember being puzzled by a narcotic quality I wasn’t used to. It was when VHS tapes were introduced in the early ‘80s that I really sought out his work.
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Franco’s Vampyros Lesbos is February’s Late Nite Grindhouse!

Feburary’s Late Nite Grindhouse show was originally going to be Duke Mitchell’s Massacre Mafia Style. Unfortunately, there was a scheduling conflict with the only 35mm print of that film. Therefore, we have had to book another title. Massacre Mafia Style will show at a later date but I feel extremely lucky to bring you guys the restored version of Jess Franco’s Vampyros Lesbos. If that title sounds saucy, it’s because it is. Nudity, sex and blood will be shown on the big screen at the Hi-Pointe next weekend and you should join us!

Vampyros Lesbos

1971 / dir. Jess Franco / Digital

From Jess Franco, the filmmaker The Vatican called “the most dangerous director in the world”, comes the most celebrated movie of his legendary career: Stunning Soledad Miranda stars as a vixen vampire who lures women to a Mediterranean island to satisfy her insatiable lust for female flesh and blood.
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The Duke of Burgundy is a Delicious Evocation of Seventies Erotica

The Duke of Burgundy is a Delicious Evocation of Seventies Erotica
Even if you've never seen or heard of a movie called She Killed in Ecstasy, isn't it lovely to know that such a thing exists in the world? That 1971 eroto-thriller was a creation of prolific Spanish-born writer-director Jess Franco, who had a lasting career making florid B movies with sordid plots and voluptuous actresses, the most famous of whom was sultry-sweet vixen Soledad Miranda, who died prematurely in a 1970 car crash. While She Killed in Ecstasy is certainly Ok as a movie, it's that trembling, evocative title that's the true work of genius; the shivery dreams it inspires are worth their weight in see-thru nighties and shimmery pantyhose. That's the spirit tapped by English filmmaker Peter Strickland in his wondrous erotic study The Duke of Burgundy, a love...
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Three Jess Franco Films Get the Deluxe Blu-ray Treatment

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Three Jess Franco Films Get the Deluxe Blu-ray Treatment
Revered horror/exploitation auteur Jess Franco left us last month (you can read our tribute to him here), but his legacy is being preserved thanks to some excellent video releases of his many genre creations – the latest being new Blu-rays of three Franco classics via Kino Lorber and Redemption Films: The Awful Dr. Orlof, A Virgin Among the Living Dead and Nightmares Come at Night will be released in deluxe editions this August, all mastered from archive materials from Eurociné Paris. The deluxe edition of Franco's 1962 landmark The Awful Dr. Orlof is newly mastered in HD, taken from the original uncut French-language version. It will also feature one of the last videotaped interviews with the director, a new commentary track by Tim Lucas (founder/editor of magazine Video Watchdog), as well as newly-filmed remembrances by Franco's friends and collaborators. The new disc of 1970's Nightmares Come at Night, starring the lovely Soledad Miranda,
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Jesús Franco obituary

Prolific Spanish film-maker who specialised in psychedelic gothic horror – often laced with sex and violence

According to the Internet Movie Database, the Spanish film-maker Jesús Franco, who has died aged 82, directed 199 films, from El árbol de España in 1957 to Al Pereira vs the Alligator Ladies in 2012, a record few can match in the era of talking pictures. Given that many Franco films exist in three or four variant versions, sometimes so radically different that alternative cuts qualify as separate movies, his overall tally might be considerably higher.

Born Jesús Franco Manera, he was most often credited – at least on international release prints – as Jess Frank or Jess Franco, though he used a host of pseudonyms, writing scripts as David Khune, composing music as Pablo Villa and co-directing pornographic films (with his long-term muse Lina Romay) as Rosa Almirall. He was a true man of the cinema, whose CV ranged from
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Giallo Fever: 'She Killed in Ecstasy'

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Giallo Fever: 'She Killed in Ecstasy'
We recently paid tribute to the long and prolific career of one of the heavyweights in European horror, softcore and exploitation cinema, Jesus “Jess” Franco, who passed away Tuesday at the age of 82. While Franco was not as well known for directing giallo films in the traditional sense, I'd say his 1970 erotic thriller She Killed in Ecstasy qualifies as a near-entry in the genre, albeit loaded with all the quirks and fetishes that Franco loved to indulge in his films. It's also an excellent showcase for the talent and allure of star Soledad Miranda, a profoundly beautiful woman whose career got a boost from working with Franco on films like this one, plus the cult classic Vampyros Lesbos and Count Dracula with Christopher Lee – all filmed shortly before her untimely death in a car accident. Unlike most giallo stories, which generally have a mystery to solve, She Killed in Ecstasy
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Underground Sex and Euro-Horror Director Dead; Reviled by Catholic Church, Goya Winner

Spanish director dies following a stroke: Best known for his nearly two hundred underground, "exploitation" films "I think I was born because my father and my mother had sex ... ." Nope, that has nothing to do with the anti-censorship lectured delivered by Oz the Great and Powerful and Interior. Leather Bar's James Franco online. The words above were uttered by another Franco, a Spaniard. No, not the foaming-at-the-mouth right-wing military ruler Francisco Franco, but multitasking filmmaker Jesús Franco, aka Jess Franco aka dozens of other aliases, including those in honor of jazz performers Clifford Brown and James P. Johnson. His oeuvre included about 200 films, among them The White Slave, The Sexual History of O, Macumba Sexual, , Emmanuelle Exposed, Vampyros Lesbos, The Mistresses of Dr. Jekyll, and White Cannibal Queen. The director died today in Malaga, a city in southern Spain, after suffering a stroke. According to reports, he had never truly
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Wamg Tribute: Director Jess Franco – 1930-2013

Sad news from Spain. Legendary director Jesús Franco Manera, aka Jess Franco, aka Clifford Brown and a couple dozen more pseudonyms, often took from the names of the American jazz musicians he so admired, has died at the age of 82. Franco suffered a stroke last week from which he couldn’t recover.

His Erotic Rites Of Frankenstein featured a shrieking, silver-skinned Frankenstein’s monster relentlessly whipping a man and a woman tied together over a bed of spikes. It was but one of countless sublime images from the output of the most prolific Exploitation director of all-time (yes, that includes Corman). With a repertoire of over 200 titles, Franco enriched the world of Eurohorror/Exploitation by writing, directing, and scoring a vast variety of films, including masterpieces such as Female Vampire, Count Dracula, Faceless, Night Of The Bloody Judge, Eugenie De Sade, and Venus In Furs, an epic amount of art,
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R.I.P. Director Jess Franco

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R.I.P. Director Jess Franco
Euro-cult great Jess Franco has passed away at the age of 82 after producing nearly 200 films. A unique filmmaker, Franco’s work fits in a category all its own, combining art, the erotic, and the macabre into titles like Lorna the Exorcist, The Awful Dr. Orloff, Dracula vs Frankenstein, and of course, the eponymous Vampyros Lesbos.

While Franco isn’t to everyone’s taste, he certainly stretched the definition of horror cinema and elevated stunner Soledad Miranda to icon status. Get a crash course on Franco’s films here from FEARnet’s Alison Nastasi and watch a (Nsfw) clip from Vampyros Lesbos below.

Vampyros Lesbos Trailer
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The Marquis de Sade: 10 Films Based On His Life and Literature

The Marquis de Sade was a French revolutionary politician, writer and philosopher who gifted the world with his libertine novels – Justine, Juliette and Philosophy in the Bedroom. He also produced the 120 Days of Sodom – a masterpiece of transgressive literature – a work that the Marquis spoke of wanting to present to the world – “the most impure tale that has ever been written since the world exists”.

Much speculation has centred on de Sade’s life – that he held orgies in which people were whipped, tortured and depraved. His name gave us the word ‘sadism’ which means cruelty and violence and it is particularly associated with sexual practices that are extreme in nature.

From almost the beginning of cinema, film makers have been applying their Sadean aesthetics onto the silver screen. We can see this in Luis Bunuel’s Un Chien Andalou (1929) with the infamous eye razor sequence – pure de Sade. De

Lina Romay – Cult Horror Actress Dead at 57

I first discovered the captivating allure of Lina Romay 30 years ago in the early days of VHS when I rented a tape called The Loves Of Irena on the old Private Screenings label. It was Spanish director Jess Franco’s erotic 1973 twist on the vampire legend also known as (among other titles) Female Vampire, The Bare Breasted Countess, and Erotikill. Romay spends most of her screen time almost completely nude, strolling about in the fog wearing nothing but a cape and big wide black boots and I was immediately smitten. I sought out more films with the actress and found out she was Franco’s common-law wife and would perform in over 100 films from the prolific cult director including such gems as Barbed Wire Dolls, Jack The Ripper, and Wanda The Wicked Warden (with Dyanne Thorne, it was later retitled and sold as an Ilsa sequel). Romay and Franco had
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Five: Overlooked and underrated vampire films

Ricardo from U.N.L.O.A.D.E.D gives us five overlooked and underrated vampire films.

1. Nadja

Pixelated imagery (shot with a toy pixel vision camera of all things) along with slick B&W cinematography pulled me right in.  This David Lynch produced flick mixes art film with horror and a nice dash of humor to boot.  Nadja (Elina Lowensohn) and her man slave arrive in New York City to claim the remains of their father, Dracula, who was taken out by Dr. Van Helsing played perfectly by Peter Fonda.  A young couple, Lucy (Galaxy Craze) and Jim (Martin Donovan) are pulled into Nadja's web of seduction which complicates matters as Jim is the Nephew of Van Helsing.  Enter Nadja's brother Edgar, who has no love for Nadja and things get even more dicey.  The film is an allegory about family dysfunction and while disjointed in parts,
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