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The Awful Dr. Orlof (1962)

Gritos en la noche (original title)
Approved | | Horror | 2 December 1964 (USA)
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. He is assisted by Morpho, a deformed ... See full summary »

Director:

Jesús Franco

Writers:

Jesús Franco (story) (as David Khune), Jesús Franco (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Ricardo Valle ... Morpho Lodner
Mara Laso ... Irma Gold
Venancio Muro Venancio Muro ... Jean Rousseau 'Jeannot'
Félix Dafauce ... Chief Inspector
Faustino Cornejo Faustino Cornejo ... Raymond
Manuel Vázquez Manuel Vázquez ... Klein
Juan Antonio Riquelme Juan Antonio Riquelme
Fernando Montes Fernando Montes ... Malou (as Fernando C. Montes)
Elena María Tejeiro Elena María Tejeiro ... Ursula Camila
Javier de Rivera Javier de Rivera
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Storyline

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. He is assisted by Morpho, a deformed monstrosity who delights in biting his victims. Orlof had better hurry, though -- a young police inspector and his ballerina girlfriend are onto his sadistic practices. Written by Christo Hoffmania <choffman@reed.edu>

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Country:

Spain | France

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

2 December 1964 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Awful Dr. Orlof See more »

Filming Locations:

Madrid, Spain See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (banned)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Franco was concerned how the film would be handled by Spanish censors. As a result, he produced two versions of the film, one that was unedited and one that was for British and Spanish audiences that had the scenes with nudity in them cut. Spanish censors were also concerned with films that would damage the reputation of Spain. To avoid this, Franco set the film in France. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Alternate Versions

Due to strict censorship laws, several scenes were cut out of the film (by dictator Francisco Franco) for the Spanish, British and American releases. See more »

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good old fashioned horror movie
14 September 2004 | by scritchoursSee all my reviews

One of Franco's first movies (when he was still considered a good director), very pleasant to watch. It has all the elements of the traditional horror recipe and is often inventive and surprising ; of course it is not really scary (well, at least not anymore), but the angst mood does still work pretty well, and it is both funny and seriously set (what post-Scream so-called horror movies are not) ; and sometimes even beautiful (the black and white pictures help). Actor Howard Vernon is a good Frankenstein/Jack the Ripper villain, and has something of Peter Cushing or Christopher Lee. If you like old terror tales (from Universal 1930's to Hammer 1970's, that kind), you should give it a try, really.


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