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Plaisir a trois (1974)

After her recent release from a deep psychiatric care institution, a Libertine-styled countess goes back to her very evil ways and fixes her eyes on a pretty girl with the intention to destroy her after fully corrupting her body and soul.

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After one year of separation and extensive psychiatric treatment for cold-bloodily castrating one of her unaware lovers, the noble Countess Martine Bressac as she is driven home by the loyal chauffeur Mathias, finally, reunites with her husband Charles. Without delay and in great anticipation, the Countess restlessly returns to her mansion's basement where she and her depraved husband used to quench their insatiable and perverted sexual appetite for young flesh, only to realise that her collection isn't complete. Encircled by a gallery of frozen in time human trophies, the Countess, once more, will go out hunting for young prostitutes to satisfy her fantasies, but it won't be long before Charles proposes to continue their voyeuristic activities with a rather unexpected present: Cécile, their 21-year-old virgin neighbour. Quivering with desire and almost insane to seduce her virgin victim, the Countess will try everything, however, will she manage to add helpless Cécile in her prized ... Written by Nick Riganas

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Games of decadence and debauchery lead to mayhem and murder.

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One of Franco's Better Pictures
30 April 2016 | by See all my reviews

Plaisir a trois (1973)

*** (out of 4)

Martine (Alice Arno) is released from a mental hospital a year after castrating a man. She returns home to her husband Charles (Robert Woods) and the two immediately start plans to seduce and murder their neighbor's daughter Cecile (Tania Busselier).

Also known as HOW TO SEDUCE A VIRGIN, this Jess Franco film is about as weird, perverted and twisted as you'd expect. It's loosely based off the de Sade story and it's one that the director had visited before and after. I've always been a fan of Franco's whenever he adapted this story because it usually meant the director could go full force into the perversion that the material needed.

What impressed me most here were the actual performances by the entire cast. Both Arno and Woods are flawless as the evil couple and the coldness that both actors bring to their parts really helps the film. Busselier is also extremely good and believable as this virgin that the couple try to bring into their web. You've then got Lina Romay doing a very good job playing a mute, which is the type of role she was always great at. Howard Vernon and Alfred Baillou are also good in their small supporting roles.

Franco made over a dozen films in 1973 so it was one of his busiest periods. The director delivers a very professional looking film and a film that certainly contains a dark sense of humor and some perverted material. This certainly ranks as one of the director's better films. It looks extremely good and Franco manages to paint a twisted tale of seduction, murder and perversion.


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