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"Red Lips" are two female detectives trying to find missing models and dancers. A pop artist called Klaus Thriller and his werewolf-like assistant, Morpho, are the main suspects for the murderers.Written by
Intriguing as well as hilarious Euro-spy film regularly shot by recently deceased Jesus Franco or ¨Uncle Jess
This amusing but failed film is starred by two lovely ladies of the 'Red Lips' detective agency , both of whom are on the track of missing people . "Red Lips" are two female agents (Janine Reynaud as Diana and Rosanna Yanni as Regina) attempting to find abducted models and dancers . Two tough as well as scantily dressed detectives , the world's deadliest and most dazzlingly female spies , including their lipstick kiss as their trademark . A pop artist called Klaus (Adrian Hoven) aided by his right-hand , a hirsute werewolf-like assistant, Morpho (Michel Lemoine) , the latter a villain who cruelly kidnaps and murders his victims , result to be the main suspects for the missing and killings . At the end takes place a twisted surprise about the murders .
Colorful but mediocre rendition about European spy subgenre , an usual genre during the sixties , not taking any situation seriously ; being realized in similar style to famous strip-cartoon thrillers as Modesty Blaise , Diabolik and Barbarella . This very campy picture contains thrills , action , phantasmagoria , tongue-in-cheek , absurd situations , but being middlingly developed . The picture was made by the time in which Franco directed nice movies such as The sadistic Baron Klaus , Rififi En La Ciudad , Miss Muerte or Diabolic Doctor Z , Necronomicon and Gritos en la Noche , developing a consolidated professionalism , as his career got more and more impoverished in the following years, but his endless creativity enabled him to tackle films in all genres, from "B" horror to erotic films . The main and support cast -with everyone having fun- is passable , but they are really wasted . The best of the interpretation results to be Adrian Hoven in a double role as a cunning villain and sporting an eye patch, including some enjoyable moments . Furthermore , a sympathetic Manolo Otero , he was a Latin lover as well singer , early deceased , who married Eurotrash goddess Pilar Velazquez , in fact here he sings a charming song . And other uncredited actors in brief appearances as Claudia Gravy , Pilar Clemens , Marta Reves , Julio Pérez Tabernero and even writer Vicente Molina Foix . Atmospheric original music by Jerry van Rooyen , including jam session , disco music and a catching leitmotif . Evocative cinematography by Jorge Herrero being filmed on location in Manga Del Mar Menor , Murcia and Andalucia . The motion picture was middlingly directed by Jesus Franco and was followed by a sequel titled ¨Besame Monstruo¨ or ¨Kiss Me Monster¨ shot back to back with similar casting and technical team .
Jesus Franco was a Stajanovist filmmaker who realized 203 movies . However , here he doesn't use his trademarks , as he pulls off a traditional narration , without zooms , neither lousy pace . As the picture belongs to Franco's first period in which he made passable flicks . Jesus uses to sign under pseudonym , among the aliases he used, apart from the names Jess Franco or Franco Manera, were Jess Frank, Robert Zimmerman, Frank Hollman, Clifford Brown, David Khune , Toni Falt, James P. Johnson, Charlie Christian, David Tough , among others . Franco used to utilize usual marks such as zooms , nudism , foreground on objects , filmmaking in ¨do-it-yourself effort¨ style or DIY and managing to work extraordinarily quickly , realizing some fun diversions, and a lot of absolute crap . Many pictures had nice photography , full of lights and shades in Orson Welles style , in fact , Franco was direction-assistant in ¨Chimes at midnight¨ and edited ¨El Quijote¨ by Welles . He often used to introduce second , third or fourth versions , including Hardcore or Softcore inserts or sexual stocks many of them played by his muse Lina Romay . In many of the more than 200 films he's directed he has also worked as composer, writer, cinematographer and editor. His first was "We Are 18 Years Old" and the second picture was ¨Gritos en la Noche¨ (1962) , the best of all them , also titled "The Awful Dr. Orlof" , it's followed by various sequels such as El Secreto del Dr. Orloff (1964) aka "The Mistresses of Dr. Jekyll" , " Orloff y el hombre invisible (1970) aka "Dr. Orloff's Invisible Monster" and finally "Faceless" (1987) . He also directed to the great Christopher Lee in 4 films : "The Bloody Judge" , ¨Count Dracula¨, ¨The Blood of Fu Manchu¨ and ¨The castle of Fu Manchu¨ . Jesús's influence has been notable all over Europe . From his huge body of work we can deduce that Jesús Franco is one of the most restless directors of Spanish cinema and often releasing several titles at the same time. Many of his films have had problems in getting released, and others have been made directly for video. More than once his staunchest supporters have found his "new" films to contain much footage from one or more of his older films . Jesús Franco is a survivor in a time when most of his colleagues tried to please the government administration. He broke up with all that and got the independence he was seeking. He always went upstream in an ephemeral industry that fed opportunists and curbed the activity of many professionals . But time doesn't pass in vain, and Jesus' production has diminished since the 90s ; however he went on shooting until his recent death .
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