The Sinister Eyes of Dr. Orloff (1973) (DVD Review)

The Sinister Eyes of Dr. Orloff (1973) (DVD Review)

📅17 October 2012, 17:27

The Sinister Eyes of Dr. Orloff  (1973) (DVD Review)
Director:  Jess Franco
Where to get it: CAV

At the 2009 Goya Awards Spain’s equivalent of the Oscars writer/director Jess Franco received a Lifetime Achievement Award for his 50-year career that includes such immortal classics as VAMPYROS LESBOS, BLOODY MOON and his infamous DR. ORLOFF series. In this 73 Orlo shocker, William Berger (KEOMA, FIVE DOLLS FOR AN AUGUST MOON) stars as the diabolical doctor who unleashes a nightmare of hypnosis, violence and folk music on a crippled young woman (Mona Proust of DIARY OF A NYMPHOMANIAC) and her depraved family. Edmund Purdom (PIECES) and Lina Romay (FEMALE VAMPIRE) co-star in this beloved slab of psycho-sleaze, packed with enough sadism, murder and madness to keep Goya spinning in his crypt for the next half century.

Here we have more of an in house project by Jess Franco. What that basically means is I don’t think anyone will find this to be as flashy as other Franco films, but if you are already a fan of this man you should find yourself right at home with it all the same. It’s a slow moving story, but it’s a story that packs a lot of death and some rather sinister characters. The whole Dr.Orloff thing would go on from this, but you can see why this film leads to more films in that same theme and nature.

So slowness aside, it isn’t a long film at all. When things do happen it is thing that make you care and it is all rather intriguing for what it is. It is a film that gives off the vibe that something foul is going on from almost the first frame of the film and that is enough to hold your attention. I found it holding my pretty well, I just kind of wish things has speed up just a little more in the character development and pacing. Still, it isn’t a bad film at all and if you like Franco you should like this.

(6/10)

Features

– Interview with Jess Franco

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