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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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Horror

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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

Director Cameo (Jesus Franco): Man playing piano in bar. 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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Followed by Only a Coffin (1967) See more »

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No "Eyes Without A Face" But Still Pretty Darn Good
14 November 2007 | by ferbs54See all my reviews

It is very difficult for me to discuss the various merits of the 1962 Spanish-French horror film "The Awful Dr. Orlof" without comparing them to the French-Italian horror film "Les Yeux Sans Visage" ("Eyes Without a Face"), which came out three years earlier. While both films concern a deranged doctor who kidnaps young women in order to procure skin grafts for his mutilated daughter, "Les Yeux" is the classier of the two; more literate, more shocking and more poetic. Still, despite its lousy reputation, "Orlof" does have lots to offer. It is beautifully shot in B&W, with consistently interesting camera work, and features an effectively creepy score, utilizing mainly piano, percussion and weird sound effects. Thus, a genuinely unsettling aura is achieved throughout the picture. The film also boasts some surprising nudity and a few shock scenes; these latter are not as gross as the ones in "Les Yeux," but still make an impression. And whereas "Les Yeux" gave us the sinister and beautiful Valli as the mad doctor's accomplice, "Orlof" gives us Morpho, a scarred, bug-eyed human robot whose every appearance is visually fascinating. The gorgeous Spanish actress Diana Lorys also stands out here as the police inspector's ballerina girlfriend who goes undercover to stop the demented doctor. Though a fairly paint-by-numbers affair, "Orlof" still proved a fun and riveting entertainment for me, and, thanks to the fine folks at Image Entertainment, it has been nicely transferred into a fine-looking DVD. Too bad about the terrible dubbing, however; subtitles would've been so much more preferable.


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