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Jesús Franco

Jesús Franco

  • Born on
    • May 12th, 1930
  • Died on
    • April 2nd, 2013
Jesús "Jess" Franco was a Spanish film director, writer, cinematographer and actor. His career took off in 1961 with his cult classic The Awful Dr. Orloff, which received wide distribution in the United States and England. Though he had some American box office success with Necronomicon, his first women-in-prison film Ninety-Nine Women, and his two Christopher Lee films, The Bloody Judge and Count Dracula, he never achieved wide commercial success. Franco moved from Spain to France in 1970 so that he could make more violent and sexual films, and it was at this point that his career began to go downhill commercially, as he turned to low-budget filmmaking with a heavier accent on adult-oriented films. Although he produced a few well-received, low budget horror films in the early 70's, many people in the industry considered him a porn director due to the huge number of X-rated adult films he began churning out. Franco returned to low-budget horror in a brief comeback period from 1980-1983, but after 1983, his career took a second downturn. With the exception of his Faceless and Killer Barbys, his post-1984 films are almost unwatchable due to the incredibly low budgets he was forced to work with. Franco has nevertheless retained a large cult following through the years with his sexually-charged horror films, some of which are regarded as masterpieces by his avid followers.

Filmography

Acting (29 Credits)

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1983Macumba Sexual as Recepcionist
1981Hellhole Women as Lucas
1981Bloody Moon as Doctor (uncredited)
1980White Cannibal Queen as Mr. Martin
1977Ilsa, the Wicked Warden as Dr. Milton Arcos (as Jess Franco)
1976Barbed Wire Dolls as Maria's Father (uncredited)
1975L'éventreur de Notre-Dame as Mathis Vogel, aka Laforgue (as Jess Frank)
1975Women Behind Bars as Bill
1973Female Vampire as Dr. Roberts
1973A Virgin Among the Living Dead as Basilio (as Jesus Manera)
1973Eugenie de Sade as Attila Tanner
1973La maldición de Frankenstein as Morpho
1972Daughter of Dracula as Cyril Jefferson
1971She Killed in Ecstasy as Dr. Donen
1971Vampyros Lesbos as Memmet
1971The Devil Came from Akasava as Tino Celli
1970Eugenie as Man in Red Ritual Scene (uncredited)
1970Count Dracula as Van Helsing's servant (uncredited)
1969Venus in Furs as Jazz Musician
1969The Castle of Fu Manchu as Insp. Ahmet
1969Two Undercover Angels as Napoleon Bolivard
196999 Women as Official
1969The Girl from Rio as Guitar Player
1968Succubus as Writer
1966The Diabolical Dr. Z as Inspector Tanner
1964Strange Voyage as Venancio Vidal
1964The Mistresses of Dr. Jekyll as Piano Player
1962The Awful Dr. Orlof as Pianist (uncredited)
1956Around the World in 80 Days as Extra (uncredited)

Himself (1 Credits)

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1971Cuadecuc, vampir as Himself / Van Helsing's Servant (uncredited)

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