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Sie tötete in Ekstase (1971)

After a doctor commits suicide when his research into human embryos is terminated, his wife seduces and then executes revenge upon those she holds responsible.

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Jesús Franco (as Frank Hollmann)

Writer:

Jesús Franco (as Frank Hollmann)
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Complete credited cast:
Soledad Miranda ... Mrs. Johnson (as Susann Korda)
Fred Williams ... Dr. Johnson
Paul Muller ... Dr. Franklin Houston (as Paul Müller)
Howard Vernon ... Prof. Jonathan Walker
Ewa Strömberg ... Dr. Crawford (as Ewa Stroemberg)
Horst Tappert ... Inspector
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A young doctor kills himself after a medical committee terminates his research into human embryos, considering it too inhumane. His wife then seeks revenge on those who drove her husband to his death by luring each member of the committee into compromising situations and then killing them one by one. Written by Kevin Steinhauer <K.Steinhauer@BoM.GOV.AU>

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Soledad Miranda, the actress who played Mrs. Johnson, was dubbed by Renate Küster. See more »

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After Dr. Crawford is suffocated with a semi-clear plastic pillow, her throat is moving as she shallowly breathes. See more »

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Franco and Soledad Miranda--What more do you want?
1 April 2005 | by lazarilloSee all my reviews

Jesus Franco has made so many movies that it's almost inevitable that he will occasionally get one right. This is one of those movies where his bizarro and repetitive plots, his pan-and-zoom-happy cinematography, and his obtrusive jazz score all manage to gel for a pretty dumb but thoroughly enjoyable movie. It helps, of course, that this was one of only four films he made with the incredible Soledad Miranda before her untimely death in the early 1970's. There's no denying that Franco's regular collaborator (and wife), Lina Romay, was a very sexy actress in her prime and has become something of a legend in her own right, but she is a pale shadow of Soledad Miranda, who was if anything even more beautiful and had a kind of class and talent that none of Franco's later actresses could ever hope to emulate.

The plot is about as simple as you get--this is yet another Franco knock-off of "The Bride Wore Black" with Miranda avenging herself on the scientists who drove her husband to suicide by censuring his morally dubious embryo research. Of course, this involves getting them all in bed (including the one woman, who is naturally a lesbian). This makes for some interesting (and sometimes disturbing) scenes--a nude woman being smothered with a see-through plastic throw pillow, a single trickle of blood running down Miranda's bare thigh after she stabs one poor guy in the back (while he is apparently licking the lint from her belly button), and, perhaps most disturbing of all, Howard Vernon, Dr. Orloff himself, in the altogether(shudder!). Like any good Franco movie this film is deliciously perverse. Miranda's murderous campaign against these hapless souls is every bit as morally questionable as her husbands grisly experiments. She manages to achieve an uneasy combination of touchingly sympathetic, voraciously sexy, and frighteningly psychotic. Her last two victims (one of who is Franco himself) realize exactly who she is and know she is going to kill them, but they can't resist her anymore than a male praying mantis can resist the female who is going to rip him apart and eat him.

Is this is perfect movie? Well, no. The whole premise is completely ridiculous and it has the most unconvincing fatal car crash in cinema history near the end. But it sure is a lot of fun to watch.


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Country:

West Germany | Spain

Language:

German

Release Date:

10 December 1971 (West Germany) See more »

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