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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

Howard Vernon continued to appear in a number of Franco's horror films up until his death In 1996. 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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Remade as Dr. M schlägt zu (1972) See more »

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Early overrated Franco chiller.
29 January 2002 | by InfofreakSee all my reviews

'The Awful Dr. Orloff' is obviously ripped off the extraordinary 'Eyes Without A Face'. I didn't really have a problem with that in itself, only that what Franco does with such potentially rich material. Which is, nothing much. Sadly this early Jess Franco effort, though entertaining enough, never reaches the surrealistic heights of his late 60s/early 70s peak ('Vampyros Lesbos', 'Succubus',etc.).

My enjoyment of this movie was lessened by it being the badly dubbed American version with inane dialogue. The way English versions of European horror invariably dumb down the scripts/characters is one of my pet peeves. Why do they do this? Lack of respect for genre movies? Or some kind of reverse Hollywood snobbery? Not having seen the original Spanish cut though I'll give this movie the benefit of the doubt. It just might be better than I think.

Veteran character actor (and Franco regular) Howard Vernon ('Alphaville') is excellent in the title role, and his side-kick Morpho (Ricardo Valle) is suitably menacing, but the Inspector Tanner character is a joke, and the scenes of police "procedure" really drag this movie down. Disappointing overall knowing what Franco would achieve in later, more original movies, but still a reasonable way to waste a rainy afternoon.


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