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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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surprisingly good
1 February 2003 | by Jonny_NumbSee all my reviews

I'll admit I'm not a fan of director Jess Franco or his movies, but "The Awful Dr. Orloff" is an old-fashioned, black-and-white surprise. Orloff (Howard Vernon, of "Zombie Lake") and his bug-eyed henchman Morpho kidnap lovely damsels to use their skin in an attempt to reconstruct the scarred face of the doctor's daughter. Granted, the movie is long on talk, but the black-and-white photography creates a genuinely spooky atmosphere, and some of the Gothic images are worthy of Bergman. Franco does a good job of building a suspenseful third act, thereby redeeming the movie.

6/10


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