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Jesús Franco
Jess Franco 2008.jpg
At the 2008 Fantastic'Arts festival, Gérardmer, France
Born Jesús Franco Manera
(1930-05-12)12 May 1930
Madrid, Spain
Died 2 April 2013(2013-04-02) (aged 82)
Málaga, Spain
Other names Jess Franco
Occupation Director, screenwriter, cinematographer, actor
Years active 1959–2013
Spouse(s) Nicole Guettard (married from circa 1962 – 1975); Lina Romay (m. 25 April 2008 – 15 February 2012, her death)

Jesús "Jess" Franco (born Jesús Franco Manera; 12 May 1930 – 2 April 2013) was a Spanish film director, writer, composer, cinematographer and actor.

Franco started out in 1954 as an assistant director in the Spanish film industry, performing many tasks including composing music for some of the films as well as co-writing a number of the screenplays. He assisted a number of well-known directors such as Joaquin Marchent, Leon Klimovsky and Juan Antonio Bardem. After working on more than 20 films, he decided to get into directing in 1959, making a few musicals and a crime drama called "Red Lips".

In 1961, Franco took his producer to a cinema to see the newly-released Hammer horror film The Brides of Dracula and the two decided to get into the horror film genre. His career took off in 1961 with his cult classic The Awful Dr. Orloff, which received wide distribution in the United States and the UK. Franco wrote & directed Orloff, and even supplied some of the music for the film. In the mid-60s, he went on to direct two other horror films, then proceeded to turn out a number of James Bond-like spy thrillers and softcore porn films based on the works of the Marquis de Sade, which remained one of his major themes throughout his life. Though he had some American box office success with Necronomicon (1967), Ninety-Nine Women (1968) and two 1969 Christopher Lee films — The Bloody Judge and Count Dracula — he never achieved wide commercial success.

After discovering the beautiful Soledad Miranda (he first used her in his Count Dracula), Franco moved from Spain to France in 1969 so that he could make more violent and erotic films, and it was at this point that his career began to go downhill commercially, as he turned to low-budget filmmaking with a move to more adult films. Soledad starred in a series of 6 sexy thrillers for Franco, all made within a one-year period (including his cult classic Vampyros Lesbos), after which she was killed in a tragic automobile accident in Portugal in 1970. A year later, a grieving Franco discovered a new leading lady in the person of Lina Romay, and the two went on to live and work together for the next 40 years, churning out literally dozens of often sleazy, low-budget movies.

Although he produced a number of relatively successful horror films in the early 70's (Dracula vs. Frankenstein, The Bare-Breasted Countess, A Virgin Among the Living Dead), many people in the industry considered him a porn director due to the huge number of X-rated adult films he began turning out. Franco returned to low-budget horror in a brief comeback period from 1980-1983 (Bloody Moon, Oasis of the Zombies, Revenge in the House of Usher), but after 1983, his career took a second downturn as he returned to making mostly pornographic films.

In his later years, he did however get the opportunity to turn out two rather big-budget horror films — Faceless (1988) and Killer Barbys (1996) — both of which showed what great work he could still do when adequately funded. The entirety of his work after 1996 was direct-to-video films of very low quality, none of which were distributed theatrically. Sadly Lina Romay died of cancer in 2012, after which Franco died in April 2013 of natural causes at the age of 82.[1]

Biography[edit]

Franco sometimes worked under various pseudonyms, including David Khune and Frank Hollmann. A big fan of jazz music (and a musician himself), many of his pseudonyms were taken from famous jazz musicians, such as Clifford Brown and James P. Johnson.

Franco's themes often revolved around lesbian vampires, women in prison, surgical horror, sadomasochism, zombies and sexploitation (including several films based on the writings of the Marquis de Sade). He also worked in other exploitation film genres, such as cannibal films, spy films, giallo, crime films, science fiction, jungle adventure, Oriental menace, exorcist films, war movies, historical dramas and nunsploitation. His sex movies often contained long, uninterrupted shots of nude women writhing around on beds. Most of his hardcore films starred his lifelong companion Lina Romay, who admitted in interviews to being an exhibitionist.

Franco was famous for his use of hand-held camera and zoom shots, which he felt lent realism to his films. He also was not averse to filming several movies at the same time, knocking together a second feature on the unsuspecting producer's dime. Many of his actors only found out years after the fact that Franco had starred them in films for which they had never been paid.

His main claim to fame, however, is that he managed to write and direct around 160 motion pictures in his lifetime, encompassing a wide swath of different genres, with practically no financial backing available to him. (Note* - Some sources which list as many as 200 titles in Franco's filmography are relisting the same films several times under different variant titles; the filmography on this page is completely accurate.)

In many ways, Franco was the European Ed Wood, in that he churned out an endless array of mostly bad movies filmed on shoestring budgets (using all kinds of schemes to obtain financing) and attracted a circle of bizarre but loyal actors and technicians who moved with him over the years from project to project (while receiving very little money for their efforts). Many of his actors were over the hill performers in the twilight of their careers, his actresses shameless exhibitionists. He frequently worked with genre actors Howard Vernon, Antonio Mayans, Paul Müller, Christopher Lee, Jack Taylor, Ewa Stromberg, Luis Barboo, Alberto Dalbes, Soledad Miranda, Maria Rohm, Anne Libert, Monica Swinn, Britt Nichols, Olivier Mathot, Daniel J. White (who also scored most of his films), William Berger, Montserrat Prous, Dennis Price, Vicky Adams, Analia Ivars, Kali Hansa, Pamela Stanford, Amber Newman, Rachel Sheppard, Alice Arno and Klaus Kinski; all of whom are well-known figures to cult film collectors.

Franco lost many of his colleagues in rapid succession in the 1990s: Klaus Kinski & composer Bruno Nicolai died in 1991; William Berger in 1993; Howard Vernon, Nicole Guettard (Franco's first wife) & producer Karl Heinz Mannchen all in 1996; his composer Daniel J. White followed in 1997, and the producer Marius Lesoeur died in 2003.

Relationship with Lina Romay[edit]

In 1969-70, Franco made a half-dozen films starring the Spanish beauty Soledad Miranda, and when she was killed in a tragic automobile accident in 1970, he took a 17-year-old actress named Lina Romay under his wing and made her his new star. Franco and Romay were partners for decades, although they were only officially married on 25 April 2008.[2] Until her death in 2012 (taken by cancer at age 57), Lina Romay was his most often utilized actress, as well as his life companion, soulmate and muse.

Franco was married once before to a Nicole Guettard -their marriage apparently running from 1962 through 1975 (approximate date)-, Ms. Guettard being gradually replaced in Franco's life by Lina Romay. (Nicole worked as a script consultant on some of Franco's films while they were married, and even acted in a few films. Her daughter Caroline Riviere also acted in a few Franco films.)

Oasis of the Zombies[edit]

Franco was supposed to direct a film for Eurocine Productions in 1980 called Lake of the Living Dead (a horror film about revived Nazi zombies) but after submitting the script, he had a falling out with the producers, Marius and Daniel Lesouer, who immediately hired French horror film director Jean Rollin to direct it (later retitling it Zombie Lake). Many fans regard this as a Franco film, although Franco only contributed to the script. Rollin later said in interviews he only did the film as a favor for the Lesoeurs, and that if he knew "how bad" the script was, he wouldn't have done it.

The Lesoeurs later had Rollin direct some newly filmed zombie footage in 1981 to be added to Franco's A Virgin Among the Living Dead (1973) for its 1981 re-release. Recently, Franco purists insisted that "Virgin" be released in its former unadulterated form on DVD, as the added Jean Rollin footage greatly slowed down the pace of the film and was really only filler material.

Franco later directed another film for Lesouer called Oasis of the Zombies (aka Bloodsucking Nazi Zombies on VHS) in 1981, which had a plot very similar to Zombie Lake (also involving revived Nazi zombies). Franco simultaneously shot a variant version of Oasis of the Zombies (on the producers' dime) starring Lina Romay and his "regulars" which was apparently released only in Spain, under the title La Tumba de los Muertos Vivientes.

Death[edit]

Franco suffered a severe stroke on 27 March 2013, and was taken to a hospital in Malaga, Spain, where he died early on the morning of 2 April. He was 82 years old. Smoking probably contributed greatly to the stroke, as Franco smoked about 3 cartons of cigarettes a week. Fans think he may have died of a broken heart, since he died only a year after losing his wife Lina Romay to cancer. Franco had been working on Revenge of the Alligator Women at the time, which is to be released posthumously.[3]

Filmography[edit]

Films
Year Title Alternative title(s) Notes
1959 We're Eighteen Tenemos 18 Años starred Isana Medel
1960 Red Lips Labios Rojos · Operation Levres Rouge / Operation Red Lips starred Isana Medel & Ana Castor
The Queen of the Tabarin La Reina del Tabarin · La Belle du Tabarin · Mariquita la Fille de Tabarin starred Mikaela Wood & Soledad Miranda (small role)
1961 Vampiresas 1930 Volando Hacia la Fama / Flying To Fame . Certains l'Aiment Noire starred Mikaela Wood & Yves Massard
The Awful Dr. Orloff Gritos en la Noche / Screams in the Night · El doctor demonio / The Demon Doctor · L'Horrible Dr. Orlof . Il Diabolico Dottor Satana . Der Schreckliche Dr. Orlof produced by Marius Lesoeur; starred Howard Vernon, Conrado San Martin & Ricardo Valle
1962 Death Whistles the Blues La Muerte Silba Un Blues · 077 Operation Sexy · Agent 077 Operation Jamaique starred Conrado San Martin, Gerard Tichy, Ricardo Valle & Perla Cristal
The Sadistic Baron Von Klaus La Mano de un Hombre Muerto/ Hand of a Dead Man · Le Sadique/ The Sadist · Hysterical Sadique · La Bestia del Castello Maldetto / Beast of the Cursed Castle · Sinfonia Per Un Sadico / Symphony for a Sadist starred Howard Vernon & Hugo Blanco; featured Daniel J. White's 1st music score for Franco
1963 Rififi in the City Chasse a la Maffia / Hunt for the Mafia · Una Spia Sulla Cita/ A Spy in the City based on the novel "Do You Remember Paco?"; starred Jean Servais & Laura Granados
The Jaguar Sfida Selvaggio / Savage Challenge · El Llanero written by Nicole Guettard (Franco's then-wife)
1964 El Extrano Viaje The Strange Journey (translation) (Franco didn't direct this film, but he had a major acting role in it)
The Secret of Dr. Orloff El Secreto del Dr. Orloff · Dr. Orloff's Monster (U.S. TV title)· Les Maitresses du Dr. Jekyll / The Mistresses of Dr. Jekyll · Le Amanti del Dottor Jekyll / The Lovers of Dr. Jekyll / Die Geliebten des Dr. Jekyll starred Hugo Blanco, Agnes Spaak & Marcelo Jauregui; music by Daniel J. White
1965 The Diabolical Dr. Z Miss Muerte · Miss Death and Dr. Z · Dans les Griffes du Maniaque / In the Grip of the Maniac · Das Geheimnis des Dr. Z / The Secret of Dr. Z starred Estella Blain, Mabel Karr, Jesus Franco, Daniel J. White & Howard Vernon; music by Daniel White
Treasure Island La Isla del Tesoro unfinished; film was supposed to star Orson Welles & Fernando Rey
Chimes at Midnight Campanadas a Medianoche unfinished; film was supposed to star Orson Welles, Jeanne Moreau & Fernando Rey; Franco was supposed to co-direct it with Orson Welles
077 Intrigue in Lisbon Espionage in Lisbon . Mision Lisboa Franco co-wrote this film, but did not direct it; starred Brett Halsey & Fernando Rey; music by Daniel White
1966 Attack of the Robots Cartas Sur Table / Cards Under the Table · Cartas Boca Arriba / Cards Face Up · James Clint Challenges Interpol Franco's last B&W film starred Eddie Constantine & Fernando Rey
Residence for Spies Residencia Para Espias · Les Mignonnes / The Darlings · Golden Horn produced by Karl Mannchen; starred Eddie Constantine & Diana Lorys
Lucky the Inscrutable Lucky el Intrepido · Operation Re Mida / Operation King Midas · Corrida Pour un Espion / Race For a Spy starred Ray Danton & Rosalba Neri; music by Bruno Nicolai
1967 Necronomicon Necronomicon Getraumte Sunden / Necronomicon Dreamt Sin · Delirium · Succubus starred Janine Reynaud, Jack Taylor, Adrian Hoven, Michel Lemoine & Howard Vernon
Red Lips Sadisterotica Rote Lippen Sadisterotica · El Caso de las Dos Bellezas / The Case of the Two Beauties · Two Avenging Angels . Two Undercover Angels (recent DVD title) produced by Adrian Hoven & Karl Mannchen; starred Janine Reynaud, Rossana Yanni, Adrian Hoven & Michel Lemoine
Kiss Me, Monster Besame Monstruo · Das Schloss der Gehenkten / Castle of the Hanged Men · Castle of the Doomed produced by Adrian Hoven & Karl Mannchen; starred Janine Reynaud, Rossana Yanni, Adrian Hoven & Michel Lemoine
Eva en la Selva Eve in the Jungle · The Face of Eve · La Femmina della Giungla . Diana, Daughter of the Wilderness produced by Harry Alan Towers; starred Christopher Lee & Herbert Lom (Franco was an uncredited co-director brought in to finish the film)
1968 The Blood of Fu Manchu Der Todeskuss des Dr. Fu Manchu / The Death Kiss of Fu Manchu · Kiss and Kill · Fu Manchu y el Beso de la Muerte / Fu Manchu and the Kiss of Death · Against All Odds produced by Harry Alan Towers; starred Christopher Lee, Richard Greene, Shirley Eaton & Maria Rohm; music by Daniel White
The Girl from Rio Sumuru Regina di Femina / Sumuru, Queen of Femina · La Ciudad sin Hombres / City Without Men · Die Sieben Männer der Su-muru / The Seven Secrets of Su-muru · Future Women produced by Harry Alan Towers; starred Shirley Eaton, George Sanders & Maria Rohm; music by Daniel White
99 Women 99 Mujeres / 99 Donne · Love in the Women's Prison · Les Brulantes · Der Heisse Tod / The Hot Death · Island of Despair (edited TV version) · Prostitutes in Prison . 99 Femmes Perverses produced by Harry Alan Towers; starred Herbert Lom, Maria Schell, Maria Rohm, Rosalba Neri & Mercedes McCambridge; music by Bruno Nicolai
The Castle of Fu Manchu El Castillo de Fu Manchu · Assignment Istanbul · The Torture Chamber of Dr. Fu Manchu produced by Harry Alan Towers; starred Christopher Lee, Richard Greene, Maria Perschy, Herbert Fux & Rosalba Neri
In the Castle of Bloody Lust Im Schloss der Blutigen Begierde . Castle of the Creeping Flesh · Castle of Lust Franco allegedly provided the original plot for this Adrian Hoven-directed film; starred Howard Vernon, Janine Reynaud & Michel Lemoine
Venus in Furs Venus im Pelz · Black Angel (Franco's original working title) · Paroxismus: Can a Dead Girl Live Again Through Love? produced by Harry Alan Towers; starred Klaus Kinski, James Darren, Dennis Price, Maria Rohm & Paul Muller; music by Manfred Mann
Marquis de Sade: Justine Deadly Sanctuary · Justine and Juliet · Justine les Infortunes de la Vertu / Justine, the Misfortunes of Virtue · Las Dos Bellezas / The Two Beauties · Dulce Justine / Sweet Justine produced by Harry Alan Towers; starred Jack Palance, Klaus Kinski, Howard Vernon, Romina Power, Rosalba Neri, Sylvia Koscina & Maria Rohm; music by Bruno Nicolai
1969 Eugenie, The Story of Her Journey into Perversion Les Inassouvies / The Insatiables · De Sade 70· Die Jungfrau und die Peitsche / The Young Girl and the Whip · Philosophy in the Boudoir produced by Harry Alan Towers; starred Christopher Lee, Jack Taylor, Marie Liljedahl, Maria Rohm & Paul Muller; music by Bruno Nicolai
The Bloody Judge El Juez Sangriento · Il Truono di Fuoco / Throne of Fire · Night of the Blood Monster · Der Hexentöter von Blackmoor / The Witch-Killer of Blackmoor · El Proceso de las Brujas / The Trial of the Witches · starred Christopher Lee, Howard Vernon, Maria Schell, Maria Rohm & Leo Genn; music by Bruno Nicolai
Count Dracula El Conde Dracula · Nachts Wenn Dracula Erwacht / Nights When Dracula Wakes · Le Nuits de Dracula / The Nights of Dracula · Bram Stoker's Count Dracula produced by Harry Alan Towers; starred Christopher Lee, Klaus Kinski, Herbert Lom, Soledad Miranda, Jack Taylor & Paul Muller; music by Bruno Nicolai
1970 Nightmares Come at Night Les Cauchemars Naissent la Nuit · Les Yeux de la Nuit / Eyes of the Night · Die Nackten Augen der Nacht starred Soledad Miranda, Diana Lorys, Maria Rohm, Paul Muller & Jack Taylor; music by Bruno Nicolai
Sex Charade Le Labyrinthe de Sexe · The Labyrinth starred Soledad Miranda, Paul Muller, Jack Taylor, Maria Rohm, Diana Lorys & Howard Vernon; music by Bruno Nicolai; film was finished but apparently never released
Eugenie de Sade Eugenia . De Sade 2000 · Eugenie de Franval · Eugenie, Sex Happening starred Soledad Miranda, Paul Muller, Jesus Franco, Karl Mannchen & Alice Arno; music by Bruno Nicolai
Vampyros Lesbos Die Erbin des Dracula / The Heiress of Dracula · Sexualite Speciale . Las Vampiras (a censored Spanish release) produced by Artur Brauner & Karl Mannchen; starred Soledad Miranda, Ewa Stromberg, Dennis Price & Paul Muller; music by Manfred Hubler
The Devil Came from Akasava El Diablo que Vino de Akasava · Der Teufel kam aus Akasava . Una Venere Senza Nome per L'ispettore Forrester / A Nameless Venus for Inspector Forrester produced by Artur Brauner & Karl Mannchen; starred Soledad Miranda, Fred Williams, Ewa Stromberg, Howard Vernon, Paul Muller & Alberto Dalbes; based on an Edgar Wallace novel
She Killed in Ecstasy Sie Tötete in Ekstase · Mrs. Hyde · Crimes dans L'Extase / Crimes of Ecstasy produced by Artur Brauner & Karl Mannchen; starred Soledad Miranda, Fred Williams, Ewa Stromberg, Paul Muller & Howard Vernon
X-312 Flight to Hell X-312 Flug zur Hölle · Vuelo al Infierno · Die Grüne Hölle des Amazonas / The Green Hell of the Amazon produced by Artur Brauner & Karl Mannchen; starred Howard Vernon, Paul Muller, Esperanza Roy, Elisa Montes & Ewa Stromberg; music by Bruno Nicolai
The Death Avenger of Soho Der Todesrächer von Soho · El Muerto Hace las Maletas / Death Packs His Bags · The Avenger . Allarme a Scotland Yard: 6 Omicidi Senza Assassino based on a novel by Bryan Edgar Wallace; produced by Artur Brauner & Karl Mannchen; starred Fred Williams & Elisa Montes
1971 The Revenge of Dr. Mabuse La Venganza del Dr. Mabuse · Mabuse '70 · El Dr. Mabuse . Dr. M Schlagt Zu produced by Artur Brauner & Karl Mannchen; starred Fred Williams, Ewa Stromberg & Jack Taylor; music by Daniel White
Virgin Report Jungfrauen Report · Le Vierges et l'Amour / Virgins and Love · Defloration produced by Artur Brauner & Karl Mannchen; starred Britt Nichols & Howard Vernon; music by Daniel White
Three Naked Women on Robinson Island Trois Filles Nues dans L'Ile de Robinson . Robinson and his Wild Slaves · Sexy Darlings . Island of Forbidden Pleasure produced by Artur Brauner, Karl Mannchen & Robert de Nesle; starred Anne Libert, Paul Muller & Howard Vernon; music by Daniel White & Bruno Nicolai
A Virgin Among the Living Dead (released in 1973) Une Vierge chez les Morts Vivant · Christina, Princess of Eroticism · The Erotic Dreams of Christine · A Young Girl Among the Living Dead . Una Vergine tra gli Zombi produced by Karl Mannchen; starred Howard Vernon, Christina Von Blanc, Anne Libert, Jesus Franco, Paul Muller & Britt Nichols; music by Bruno Nicolai
Blood on the Shoes Sangre en los zapatos unfinished; film would reportedly have starred Anne Libert & Howard Vernon
Dracula vs. Frankenstein Dracula Contra Frankenstein · Dracula, Prisoner of Frankenstein · The Screaming Dead · Die Nacht der Offenen Särge / Night of the Open Coffins produced by Robert de Nesle; starred Howard Vernon, Alberto Dalbes, Anne Libert, Fernando Bilbao, Luis Barboo, Dennis Price & Britt Nichols; music by Daniel White & Bruno Nicolai
1972 Daughter of Dracula La Fille de Dracula produced by Robert de Nesle; starred Anne Libert, Britt Nichols, Alberto Dalbes. Daniel White, Jesus Franco, Fernando Bilbao & Howard Vernon; music by Daniel White
The Curse of Frankenstein La Maldicion de Frankenstein · The Erotic Rites of Frankenstein · Les Experiences Erotiques de Frankenstein / The Erotic Experiences of Frankenstein produced by Robert de Nesle; starred Howard Vernon, Dennis Price, Alberto Dalbes, Anne Libert, Jesus Franco, Daniel White, Fernando Bilbao, Luis Barboo, Britt Nichols; music by Daniel White; some extra scenes with Lina Romay were added to the Spanish release version only in 1973
The Demons Les Demons · The She-Demons · Die Nonnen von Clichy / The Nuns of Clichy · Les Demons du Sexe / The Demons of Sex . Les Infants du Demon produced by Robert de Nesle; starred Anne Libert, Alberto Dalbes, Howard Vernon, Karin Field, Luis Barboo & Britt Nichols; music by Jean-Bernard Raiteux
Lovers of Devil's Island Los Amantes de la Isla del Diablo · Devil's Island Lovers · Quartier de Femmes · Erotic Violence in a Women's Prison produced by Robert de Nesle; starred Dennis Price, Britt Nichols, Luis Barboo, Anne Libert, Daniel White & Howard Vernon; music by Daniel White & Bruno Nicolai
A Captain of Fifteen Years Un Capitan de Quince Anos produced by Robert de Nesle; based on a Jules Verne story; starred William Berger, Howard Vernon, Alberto Dalbes, Edmund Purdom, Luis Barboo & Fernando Bilbao; music by Bruno Nicolai
Relax, Baby Un Tiro en la Sien / A Bullet in the Head unreleased; this film was supposed to be produced & directed by Franco, and was supposed to star Lina Romay, Kali Hansa, Montserrat Prous & Alberto Dalbes; apparently unfinished
Mystery of the Red Castle Misterio del Castillo Rojo unreleased; it was supposed to be produced & directed by Franco, and star Jesus Franco, Alberto Dalbes, Yelena Samarina, Lina Romay, Montserrat Prous & Antonio Mayans; apparently unfinished
The Sinister Eyes of Dr. Orloff Los Ojos Siniestros del Dr. Orloff . Los Ojos del Dr. Orloff produced & directed by Franco; starred Montserrat Prous, William Berger, Kali Hansa, Lina Romay (her first actual film appearance?) & Robert Wood
A Silence of the Grave Un silencio de tumba . A Silence of the Tomb produced, written & directed by Franco; starred Montserrat Prous, Kali Hansa, Alberto Dalbes & Yelena Samarina
Intimate Diary of a Nymphomaniac Le Journal Intime d'une Nymphomane · Sinner · Les Inassouvies 77 / The Insatiables '77 produced by Robert de Nesle; starred Montserrat Prous, Anne Libert, Kali Hansa, Howard Vernon & Luis Barboo
The House of Vice La Maison du Vice . Dolls For Sale . Les Ebranlees/ The Vibrating Girls · Des Filles Pour L'Amour / Women for Love produced by Robert de Nesle; starred Montserrat Prous, Kali Hansa, Howard Vernon, Luis Barboo & Anne Libert
1973 Maciste vs. the Amazon Queen Maciste Contre la Reine des Amazones . Lustful Amazons · Les Amazones de la Luxure · Yuka · Maciste aux Mains des Amazones Nues . Karzan Contro le Donne dal Seno Nudo / Karzan vs. the Bare-Breasted Women produced by Robert de Nesle; starred Wal Davis, Montserrat Prous, Kali Hansa, Alice Arno, Robert Woods & Lina Romay
The Erotic Exploits of Maciste in Atlantis Les Exploits Erotiques de Macist dans L'Atlantide . Les Gloutonnes / The Gobblers · Sexes au Soleil produced by Robert de Nesle; starred Wal Davis, Montserrat Prous, Kali Hansa, Alice Arno, Howard Vernon, Robert Woods, Lina Romay & Pamela Stanford
Pleasure For Three Plaisir a Trois . How To Seduce a Virgin · Les Innasouvies 2 / The Insatiables 2 based on the writings of the Marquis de Sade; produced by Robert de Nesle; starred Alice Arno, Lina Romay, Howard Vernon & Robert Woods
The Other Side of the Mirror Al Otro Lado del Espejo · Le Miroir Cochon · Outre Tombe / Beyond the Grave · Lo Specchio del Piacere / The Mirror of Pleasure . Le Miroir Obscene / The Obscene Mirror (re-cut French version with added porn scenes) produced by Robert de Nesle; starred Emma Cohen, Howard Vernon, Alice Arno, Robert Woods, Wal Davis, Lina Romay (in French release print only)
The Perverse Countess Le Comtesse Perverse · Countess Perverse · Un Caldo Corpo di Femina / The Warm Body of a Woman . The Countess Zaroff . Sexy Nature . Les Croqueuses / The Munchers (x-rated version with added porn scenes) produced by Robert de Nesle; starred Alice Arno, Howard Vernon, Lina Romay, Kali Hansa & Pamela Stanford
Night of the Killers Sospiri · La Noche de los Asesinos / Night of the Assassins · Night of the Skull · Im Schatten des Mörders / In the Shadow of Murder based on "The Cat and the Canary", but credits refer to the film as an Edgar Allan Poe adaptation (!); starred Alberto Dalbes, William Berger, Lina Romay, Luis Barboo & Antonio Mayans; music by Carlo Savina
La Casa del Ahorcado The House of the Hanged Man . Le Manoir du Pendu unfinished; this film was supposed to be produced & directed by Franco, and was supposed to star Lina Romay, Antonio Mayans & Alberto Dalbes
Kiss Me, Killer Sexy Blues · Tango au Clair de Lune / Tango by Moonlight · Emanuelle Blonde . Come With Me My Blone Emmanuelle . Embrasse-Moi . Dolce Porno Baby produced by Marius Lesouer; features Lina Romay's "Rape of Apollo" dance number; starred Alberto Dalbes, Alice Arno, Lina Romay, Paul Muller, Antonio Mayans & Olivier Mathot; music by Daniel White
Tender and Perverse Emanuelle Tender et Perverse Emmanuelle . Des Frissons sur la Peau / Shivers of the Flesh · Le Chemin Solitaire / The Solitary Path · El Ultimo Escalofrio / The Last Thrill . Dernier Frisson produced by Marius Lesouer; starred Alberto Dalbes, Jack Taylor, Lina Romay, Alice Arno & Antonio Mayans; music by Daniel White
The Bare-Breasted Countess La Comtesse Aux Seins Nus · Female Vampire · La Comtesse Noire / The Black Countess · The Loves of Irina · Erotikill · Les Avaleuses / The Swallowers (hardcore French version) . Entfesselte Begierde / Unbridled Lust (hardcore German version) produced by Marius Lesouer; starred Jack Taylor, Lina Romay, Jesus Franco, Luis Barboo, Alice Arno & Monica Swinn; music by Daniel White
Linda's Hot Nights Les Nuits Brulantes de Linda · La Felicita nel Peccato / The Felicity of Sin · Le Plaisir Solitaire / Solitary Pleasure · Mais Que Donc a Viole Linda? / Who Raped Linda? produced by Marius & Daniel Lesouer; starred Lina Romay, Alice Arno, Paul Muller & Monica Swinn; music by Daniel White
1974 Nuns in Madness Les Nonnes en Folie . Les Chatouilleueses / The Ticklish Ones produced by Robert de Nesle; starred Lina Romay, Olivier Mathot, Pamela Stanford, Monica Swinn & Fred Williams; music by Daniel White
Les Emmerdeuses The Troublemakers (translation) · Les Grandes Emmerdeuses / The Big Pains in the Ass · Sexy-a-Go-Go produced by Robert de Nesle; starred Lina Romay, Pamela Stanford, Monica Swinn & Fred Williams
The Sexiest Man in the World Sexy Erotic Job · Le Jouisseur / The Hedonist · Roland, L'Homme le Plus Sexy du Monde · Der Sex Playboy produced by Robert de Nesle; written by Nicole Guettard (Franco's then-wife); starred Fred Williams, Lina Romay, Pamela Stanford & Monica Swinn
Celestine, Maid at Your Service Celestine, Bonne a Tout Faire / Celestine, Good for Anything . Celestine, an All-Around Maid produced by Robert de Nesle; co-written by Franco & Nicole Guettard; starred Lina Romay, Howard Vernon, Pamela Stanford & Monica Swinn
Lorna, the Exorcist Lorna, l'Exorciste . Les Possedees du Diable / The Devil's Possessed · Sexy Diabolic Story Franco's take on "The Exorcist", later remade as Jess Franco's Incubus in 2002; produced by Robert de Nesle; starred Lina Romay, Pamela Stanford, Jesus Franco & Howard Vernon
Exorcism and Black Masses Exorcisme et Messes Noires · Exorcisme · Sexorcismes (x-rated version) · Le Viziose produced by Marius & Daniel Lesouer; starred Jess Franco, Lina Romay, Nadine Pascal, Daniel White & Monica Swinn; footage from this film was later re-edited into Franco's Sadist of Notre Dame
1975 The Midnight Party Le Partouze de Minuit . Lady Porno · La Coccolona . Sexy Blues . Porno Pop . Porno Dama (this Spanish version eliminated much of the comedy) produced by Marius & Daniel Lesouer; starred Lina Romay, Olivier Mathot, Jesus Franco & Monica Swinn; music by Daniel White
Shining Sex Le Sexe Brilliant · La Fille au Sexe Brillant / The Girl With the Shining Sex · Erotic Pleasures of a Good Lady produced by Marius & Daniel Lesouer; starred Lina Romay, Olivier Mathot, Jesus Franco & Monica Swinn; music by Daniel White
De Sade's Juliette Justine Lady Lujuria · Julietta 69 (a variant version edited later by Joe D'Amato) story based on writings of the Marquis de Sade; starred Lina Romay, Monica Swinn & Jesus Franco
Women in a Golden Cage Des Filles dans une Cage Doree . Razzia Sur le Plaisir · Vizio in Bocca . Carcel Dorada produced by Marius Lesoeur; starred Monica Swinn & Alice Arno; music by Daniel White
Mandinga unfinished; film was supposed to star William Berger
Barbed Wire Dolls Frauengefängnis / Women's Prison · Caged Women . Penitenziario Femminile per Reati Sessuali produced by Erwin Dietrich; starred Lina Romay, Monica Swinn & Paul Muller; music by Daniel White
Women Behind Bars Diamants Pour L'Enfer / Diamonds for Hell · Visa Pour Mourir / Visa To Die · Prison Sado Pour Femmes / Sadistic Women's Prison . Punition Cell distributed by Marius & Daniel Lesoeur; starred Lina Romay, Martine Stedil & Jesus Franco; music by Daniel White
The Man From Guyane L'Homme de la Guyane unfinished; this film was to have been based on "Cheri Bibi" by Gaston Leroux, and was supposed to have starred Orson Welles, Klaus Kinski & Howard Vernon, but it never got completed because Erwin Dietrich couldn't get the financing for it
Downtown: The Naked Dolls of the Underworld Downtown Die Nackten Puppen der Unterwelt · Les putains de la ville basse/ The Whores of the Underworld produced by Erwin Dietrich; starred Jess Franco (in a lead role), Lina Romay, Monica Swinn, Martine Stedil & Paul Muller
1976 The Portrait of Doriana Gray Das Bildnis der Doriana Gray · Dirty Dracula · Die Marquise de Sade . Ejaculations . La Porno Storia della Marchesa De Sade only the hardcore version seems to exist; produced by Erwin Dietrich; starred Lina Romay (in a dual role), Martine Stedil & Monica Swinn
Jack the Ripper Jack l'Eventreur . Erotico Profondo · Der Dirnenmörder von London produced by Erwin Dietrich; starred Klaus Kinski, Lina Romay, Josephine Chaplin & Herbert Fux; music by Walter Baumgartner
Love Camp Camp d'Amour · Frauen im Liebeslager / The Women in the Love Camp · Camp Erotique . Die Unersattliche produced by Erwin Dietrich; starred Monica Swinn & Wal Davis
Love Letters of a Portuguese Nun Die Liebesbriefe einer Portugesischen Nonne · Forbidden Confessions of an Adolescent Nun . Cartas de Amor a Una Monja Portuguesa produced by Erwin Dietrich; starred William Berger, Lina Romay, Herbert Fux & Susan Hemingway
Girls of the Night Shift Mädchen im Nachtverkehr · Wilde Lust / Wild Lust (alternate x-rated version) produced by Erwin Dietrich; starred Kali Hansa
White Skin, Black Thigh Weisse Haut und Schwarze Schenkel produced by Erwin Dietrich; Franco co-starred in this soft-core porn film, but he did not direct it
1977 Greta, the Mad Butcher Greta Haus Ohne Männer / Greta, House Without Men · Ilsa, Ultimate Power · Ilsa, the Wicked Warden · Greta la Tortionnaire de Wrede / Greta The Torturer · Wanda the Wicked Warden . Greta la Donna Bestia released in both an edited & an unedited version; produced by Erwin Dietrich; starred Dyanne Thorne & Lina Romay
Sexy Sisters Die Teuflischen Schwestern / Satanic Sisters · Aberraciones Sexuales de una Rubia Caliente / Sexual Aberrations of a Hot Blonde · Erotic Frenzy of a Nymphomaniac produced by Erwin Dietrich; starred Pamela Stanford, Jack Taylor & Karine Gambier
The Call of the Blonde Goddess Der Ruf der Blonden Göttin · Las Diosas del Porno / The Goddesses of Porn · La Deesse Nue / The Naked Goddess · Porno Shock . Love Cry of the Blonde Goddess . Voodoo Passion produced by Erwin Dietrich; starred Vicky Adams, Pamela Stanford, Karine Gambier & Jack Taylor
Women Without Innocence Frauen Ohne Unschuld · Wicked Women · The Insatiable Nights of a Nymphomaniac · Femmes Sans Pudeur / Women Without Modesty produced by Erwin Dietrich; starred Lina Romay & Monica Swinn
The Slaves Die Sklavinnen . Die Verschleppten / The Neglected Ones · Swedish Nympho Slaves . Les Flagellees de la Cellule 69 produced by Erwin Dietrich; starred Lina Romay, Jesus Franco & Martine Stedil
Women of Cell Block Nine Frauen für Zellenblock 9 · Esclaves de l'Amour/ Love Slaves produced by Erwin Dietrich; starred Susan Hemingway, Karine Gambier & Howard Vernon
Madchen Nach Mitternacht Girls After Midnight (translation) Franco allegedly co-directed this film (uncredited) with Erwin Dietrich; starred Monika Kalin & Anita Greuter
Blue Rita Das Frauenhaus/ The House of Women produced by Erwin Dietrich & Robert de Nesle; starred Pamela Stanford & Olivier Mathot
1978 Cocktail Special based on the writings of the Marquis de Sade; produced by Robert de Nesle; starred Karine Gambier & Lina Romay; music by Daniel White
Elles Font Tout They Do It All (translation) . Quel Certo Piacere produced by Robert de Nesle; starred Susan Hemingway & Lina Romay (aka Candy Coster); music by Daniel White; later remade as El hotel de los ligues
I'm Burning Up All Over Je Brule de Partout produced by Robert de Nesle; starred Brigitte Lahaie & Susan Hemingway; music by Daniel White
Two Female Spies with Flowered Panties Deux Espionnes Avec un Petit Slip a Fleur . Opalo de Fuego / Opal of Fire · Mercaderes del Sexo / Sex Merchants . Lascivia produced by Marius Lesoeur; starred Lina Romay & Nadine Pascal
1979 Erotic Symphony Sinfonia Erotica · Cuerpos y Almas / Bodies and Souls based on the writings of the Marquis de Sade; starred Lina Romay & Susan Hemingway; music by Jesus Franco
The Girls of Copacabana Las Chicas de Copacabana · Las Muchachas de Copacabana produced by Marius & Daniel Lesouer; starred Lina Romay, Nadine Pascal & Olivier Mathot; music by Daniel White
The Sadist of Notre Dame El Sadico de Notre Dame · Le Sadique de Notre Dame . Chains and Black Leather . Demoniac (censored video release) Franco re-used footage from his Exorcism and Black Masses to make this film; produced by Marius & Daniel Lesoeur; starred Jess Franco, Lina Romay, Daniel White, Olivier Mathot & Monica Swinn; music by Daniel White
Mondo Cannibale Cannibal World (translation) · Les Cannibals / The Cannibals · La Dea Cannibale / The Cannibal Goddess · White Cannibal Queen · Die Blonde Gottin /The Blonde Goddess · Barbarian Goddess · Une Fille Pour Les Cannibales / A Woman for the Cannibals produced by Daniel Lesoeur; co-directed by Lina Romay; starred Al Cliver, Sabrina Siani, Lina Romay, Pamela Stanford, Antonio Mayans & Olivier Mathot
Devil Hunter Chasseurs d'Hommes · Sexo Cannibal · Jungfrau unter Kannibalen / The Young Girl and the Cannibals · The Man Hunter · Mandingo Manhunter produced by Julian Gomez; co-directed by Lina Romay & Franco; starred Al Cliver, Vicky Adams, Ursula Buchfellner, Antonio Mayans; music by Daniel White
The Gold Bug El escarabajo de oro unfinished; based on a short story by Edgar Allan Poe, this film was supposed to have starred Lina Romay & Antonio Mayans
1980 Cannibal Terror Terreur Cannibal produced by Daniel Lesoeur; Franco wrote this screenplay, but the film was directed by Olivier Mathot & Alain Deruille; starred Antonio Mayans, Sabrina Siani, Olivier Mathot & Pamela Stanford; incorporated footage from Franco's Mondo Cannibale
Sex Is Crazy El Sexo Esta Loco starred Lina Romay, Antonio Mayans & Jesus Franco; music by Daniel White
Eugenie: The Story of a Perversion Eugenie Historia de una Perversion · Erotismo . Lolita am Scheideweg starred Lina Romay, Antonio Mayans & Katja Bienert; music by Daniel White & Gerhard Heinz
Pick-Up Girls La Chica de las Bragas Transparentes/ The Girl in the Transparent Panties based on a Perry Mason novel; starred Lina Romay, Antonio Mayans; music by Daniel White
Zombie Lake The Lake of the Living Dead . El lago de los muertos vivientes . Le lac des morts-vivant Produced by Daniel Lesoeur; Franco wrote this screenplay, then left the project, so Jean Rollin was hired to direct; starred Howard Vernon, Antonio Mayans, Anouchka (the producer's daughter), Nadine Pascal & Jean Rollin
Sadomania: The Hell of Passion Sadomania: El Infierno de la Pasion . Sadomania, Hölle der Lust · Hellhole Women · Prisoners of the Flesh Lina Romay's first co-director credit; starred Ajita Wilson, Antonio Mayans & Ursula Buchfellner
The Story of Linda Die Nackten Superhexen Vom Rio Amore / The Naked Superwitches of the Rio Amore · Orgia de Ninfomanas / Nymphomaniac Orgy · Captive Women . Die Frauen vom Rio Amore co-directed by Lina Romay & Franco; starred Ursula Buchfellner, Katja Bienert & Antonio Mayans
Sexual Aberrations of a Married Woman Aberraciones Sexuales de una Mujer Casada . Diary of a Desperate Housewife . Sexual Aberrations of a Housewife . Cecilia (1983 French release version w/extra footage directed by Olivier Mathot) . produced by Marius Lesoeur & J. Franco; Olivier Mathot shot some extra scenes for the French release version; starred Vicky Adams, Lina Romay, Olivier Mathot & Antonio Mayans; music by Daniel White
Bloody Moon Lune de Sang · Die Säge des Todes/ The Saw of Death · Profonde Tenebre / Deep Darkness · Colegiadas Violadas / Raped College Girls co-directed by Lina Romay & Franco; music by Gerhard Heinz
1981 Lake of the Virgins El Lago de los Virgenes · Island of the Virgins based on a story by Robert Louis Stevenson; starred Katja Bienert; music by Daniel White
The Night of the Open Sexes La noche de los sexos abiertos / Night of the Open Vaginas starred Lina Romay & Antonio Mayans; music by Daniel White
El hotel de los ligues The Hotel of Rendezvous (translation) a reworking of Franco's Elles Font Tout; starred Lina Romay & Antonio Mayans; music by Daniel White
Oasis of the Zombies L'Abime des Morts Vivants / The Abyss of the Living Dead · Bloodsucking Nazi Zombies (video release title) · Le Tresor des Morts Vivants / Treasure of the Living Dead · (A variant Spanish release version w/ Lina Romay was made simultaneously as La tumba de los muertos vivientes, but appears to be a lost film) produced by Marius & Daniel Lesoeur; starred Eric Viellard & Jeff Montgomery; music by Daniel White
Macumba Sexual Sexual Voodoo a reworking of Vampyros Lesbos; starred Ajita Wilson, Antonio Mayans & Lina Romay; music by Daniel White
Moans of Pleasure Gemidos de Placer a reworking of Franco's Pleasure For Three, based on the writings on the Marquis de Sade; starred Lina Romay, Antonio Mayans; music by Daniel White
The Sexual Story of O La Historia Sexual de O . Lola 2000 . Une petite femme pour hotel particulier starred Alicia Principe & Carmen Carrion; Lina Romay was on the poster, but was not in the film; music by Daniel White
1982 Treasure of the White Goddess El Tesoro de la Diosa Blanca . Diamonds of Kilimandjaro (DVD release title) produced by Marius & Daniel Lesoeur; starred Katja Bienert, Lina Romay, Antonio Mayans, Daniel J. White & Olivier Mathot; music by Daniel White
Black Boots, Leather Whip Botas Negras, Latigo de Cuero starred Lina Romay & Antonio Mayans; music by Daniel White
The Inconfessable Orgies of Emanuelle Emanuelle Exposed · Emanuelle's Secret Orgies starred Vicky Adams & Antonio Mayans; music by Daniel White
The Sinister Dr. Orloff El Siniestro Dr. Orloff · Experimentos Macabros / Macabre Experiments produced by Marius & Daniel Lesoeur; starred Howard Vernon & Antonio Mayans; music by Daniel White
The Night Has a Thousand Sexes Mil Sexos Tiene La Noche starred Lina Romay; music by Daniel White
The House of the Lost Women La Casa de las Mujeres Perdidas · Perversion en la Isla Perdida / Perversion on the Lost Island starred Lina Romay, Antonio Mayans; music by Daniel White
Intimate Confessions of an Exhibitionist Confesiones íntimas de una exhibicionista starred Lina Romay, Antonio Mayans; music by Daniel White
A Buttcrack for Two Una Rajita Para Dos / A Crack For Two Lina Romay's first directing job; starred Lina Romay, Antonio Mayans & Jesus Franco
Mansion of the Living Dead La Mansion de los Muertos Vivientes Franco's homage to Amando de Ossorio's "Blind Dead" series; starred Lina Romay, Antonio Mayans; music by Daniel White
1983 The Shadow of Judoka vs. Dr. Wong La Sombra del Judoka contra el Dr. Wong starred Lina Romay & Jesus Franco; music by Daniel White
Camino Solitario Lonely Road (translation) starred Lina Romay (in a dual role), Antonio Mayans & Jesus Franco; music by Daniel White
Blood On My Shoes Sangre en mis Zapatos based on an Edgar Wallace novel; starred Lina Romay, Howard Vernon & Antonio Mayans; music by Daniel White
Alone Against Terror Sola Ante el Terror · Los Monstruos de Fiske Manor/ The Monsters of Fiske Manor starred Lina Romay, Antonio Mayans & Mabel Escano; music by Daniel White
The Blues of Pop Street Los Blues de la Calle Pop · Las Aventuras de Felipe Marlboro Volumen Ocho / The Adventures of Phillip Marlboro, Volume 8 . The Pop Street Blues produced, written & directed by Franco; starred Lina Romay, Antonio Mayans & Analia Ivars
Fury in the Tropics Furia en el Tropico · Orgasmo Perverso (re-edited hardcore version) · Mujeres Acorraladas / Cornered Women · Fury in Jamaica starred Lina Romay, Antonio Mayans & Analia Ivars; music by Daniel White
Barrio Chino Barrio Porno unreleased; was supposed to star Lina Romay & Antonio Mayans
Lillian the Perverted Virgin Lilian la Virgen Pervertida starred Lina Romay, Antonio Mayans, Daniel White & Katja Bienert; music by Daniel White
The Tanga Girls Las Chicas del Tanga starred Lina Romay, Antonio Mayans, Vicky Adams & Analia Ivars; supposedly directed by Lina Romay
Revenge in the House Of Usher Die Rache des Hauses Usher . El Hundimiento de la Casa Usher / The Fall of the House of Usher · Nevrosis / Neurosis · Los Crimenes de Usher / The Crimes of Usher · Zombie 5 based on a story by Edgar Allan Poe; French version incorporated footage from Franco's The Awful Dr. Orloff; produced by Marius & Daniel Lesoeur; starred Lina Romay, Antonio Mayans, Daniel White & Howard Vernon; music by Daniel White
1984 In Search of the Golden Dragon En Busca del Dragon Dorado based on "The Gold Bug" by Edgar Allan Poe; music by Daniel White
How Much Does a Spy Cost? Cuanto Cobra un Espia? produced & directed by Franco; starred Lina Romay, Antonio Mayans, Luis Barboo & Analia Ivars
Dirty Game in Casablanca Juego Sucio en Casablanca produced & directed by Franco; starred William Berger, Analia Ivars, Vicky Adams, Luis Barboo & Antonio Mayans
Golden Temple Amazons Les Amazones du Temple d'Or · Tundra and the Temple of the Sun produced by Marius & Daniel Lesoeur; co-directed by Jesus Franco & Alain Payet; starred William Berger, Analia Ivars, Olivier Mathot & Antonio Mayans
The Killer Wore Black Socks El asesino llevaba medias negras unfinished; would have starred William Berger, Lina Romay, Antonio Mayans & Mabel Escano
Voices of Death Voces de Muerte . Finestrat unfinished; based on an Edgar Wallace novel; produced & directed by Franco; would have starred Lina Romay & Antonio Mayans
Scarlet The Grandfather, the Countess and Mischievous Scarlet · Escarlate la Traviesa / Naughty Scarlet a reworking of Franco's Celestine, this film was apparently never released; starred Lina Romay, Vicky Adams, Analia Ivars & Antonio Mayans; music by Daniel White
White Bay Bahia Blanca produced & directed by Franco; co-edited by Lina Romay; starred Lina Romay, Analia Ivars, Jesus Franco & Antonio Mayans; music by Daniel White
1985 Last of the Filipinas Las Ultimas de Filipinas co-produced by Franco & Santigo Moncada; starred Lina Romay (who also co-directed)
Bangkok: Appointment with Death Bangkok, cita con la muerte co-edited by Lina Romay; starred Lina Romay, Eduardo Fajardo & Antonio Mayans; music by Daniel White
Travel to Bangkok, Coffin Included Viaje a Bangkok Ataud Incluido based on an Edgar Wallace character; produced, written, directed & scored by Franco; co-edited by Lina Romay; starred Howard Vernon
Commando Mengele Angel of Death . El Hombre que Mato a Mengele Franco co-wrote this film, but did not get to direct it; produced by Marius & Daniel Lesoeur; starred Chris Mitchum, Fernando Rey, Howard Vernon, Jack Taylor & Antonio Mayans
The White Slave La Esclava Blanca co-produced by Franco (who directed) & Santiago Moncada (also writer); starred Lina Romay & Mabel Escano; music by Daniel White
Lulu's Talking Ass El Ojete de Lulu (Lulu's Buttonhole) · Lulu's Bunghole starred Lina Romay & Mabel Escano; music by Daniel White
Lulu's Pacifier El Chupete de Lulu . Lulu's Suck Toy starred Lina Romay & Mabel Escano; music by Jess Franco
A Penis for Three Un Pito Para Tres / A Whistle For Three starred Lina Romay & Antonio Mayans; Lina Romay co-directed & helped write this film
Entre pitos anda el juego The Play Moves Between Penises . The Game Walks Between Whistles (literal translation) starred Lina Romay & Mabel Escano; music by Daniel White
1986 Slaves of Crime Esclavas del Crimen produced by Herminio Calvo; starred Lina Romay as the daughter of Fu Manchu; music by Daniel White
The Girl with the Red Lips La Chica de los Labios Rojos produced by Gabriel Martin; starred Lina Romay, Antonio Mayans, Jesus Franco & Mabel Escano
The Suckers Las Chuponas starred Lina Romay & Antonio Mayans; music by Daniel White; Lina Romay co-directed & helped write this film
For The Babies, Warm Cream Para Las Nenas Leche Calentita starred Lina Romay & Antonio Mayans; music by Daniel White; Lina Romay co-directed & helped write this film
The Watcher and the Exhibitionist El Miron y la Exhibicionista / The Voyeur and the Exhibitionist starred Lina Romay & Antonio Mayans; music by Daniel White; Lina Romay co-directed & helped write this film
Tribulations of a Cross-Eyed Buddha Tribulaciones de un Buda Bizco a children's film, completed but never released; starred Lina Romay, Howard Vernon & Antonio Mayans; music by Daniel White
AIDS: the 20th Century Plague Sida, la Peste del Siglo XX . Operation Sida completed but said to be a lost film; produced by Emilio Larraga; starred Lina Romay; music by Daniel White
Teleporno unfinished; this hardcore film starred Lina Romay, Jesus Franco & Mabel Escano
The White Rhino El rinoceronte blanco . Revenge of the White Rhino unfinished; would have starred Lina Romay, Antonio Mayans, Daniel Katz & Mabel Escano
Bragueta Story Zipper Story unreleased; Lina Romay directed this film direct-to-video; starred Lina Romay & Mabel Escano
1987 Falo Crest Caprices Sados Pour Salopes du Plaisir / Sadistic Whims for Whores of Pleasure · Phallo Crest starred Lina Romay; music by Daniel White; Lina Romay co-directed & helped write this extremely x-rated parody of Falconcrest
Phollastia Fellations Sauvages / Wild Fellatio starred Lina Romay; music by Daniel White; Lina Romay co-directed & helped write this extremely x-rated parody of Dynasty
Biba La Banda Franco produced this comedy film, but did not direct it; starred Alfredo Landa; directed by Ricardo Palacios
Dark Mission Fleurs du Mal / Flowers of Evil · The Columbian Connection · Operacion Cocaina . The Heroin Deal spy drama produced by Marius & Daniel Lesoeur; starred Christopher Lee, Chris Mitchum, Richard Harrison, Antonio Mayans & Brigitte Lahaie; music by Daniel White
1988 Faceless Les Predateurs de la Nuit / Predators of the Night . I Predatori della Notte a reworking of Franco's The Awful Dr. Orloff, with a nod to George Franju's Eyes Without A Face; produced by Rene Chateau; starred Telly Savalas, Helmut Berger, Chris Mitchum, Anton Diffring, Brigitte Lahaie (the producer's girlfriend), Howard Vernon, Lina Romay & Caroline Munro; music by Romano Musumarra
1989 Emerald Bay La Bahia Esmeralda . Esmeralda Bay produced by Marius & Daniel Lesoeur; starred Robert Forster, Brett Halsey, George Kennedy, Fernando Rey, Craig Hill, Antonio Mayans, Jesus Franco & Lina Romay; music by Luis Bacalav; received poor distribution
1990 The Fall of Eagles La Chute des Aigles · Un Cancion Para Berlin / A Song for Berlin · War Song produced by Marius & Daniel Lesoeur; starred Christopher Lee, Mark Hamill, Craig Hill & Antonio Mayans; music by Daniel White
In Pursuit of Barbara À la Poursuite de Barbara Franco co-directed this French film with Jean Rollin; starred Francoise Blanchard, Jean Rollin, Antonio Mayans & Olivier Mathot
1992 Downtown Heat Ciudad Baja · Vipers . La punta de las viboras / Viper's Point starred Mike Connors, Craig Hill, Josephine Chaplin, Lina Romay & Antonio Mayans; music by Daniel White; failed to get wide distribution
Don Quijote In 1992, Franco completed this film started by Orson Welles back in 1957 as a projected TV series; adapted from Cervantes' novel by Orson Welles; starred Orson Welles, Akim Tamiroff & Francisco Reiguera as Don Quijote; theatrically released in 1995 to disappointing reviews
1994 Jungle of Fear La Jungla del Miedo . The Golden Beetle unfinished; based on The Gold Bug by Poe; co-produced by Franco; was to have starred Lina Romay, Chris Mitchum, Howard Vernon & William Berger; shot on video
1996 Killer Barbys Vampire Killer Barbys · Killer Barbies Franco's last big-budget film managed to stir up much fan interest in his work; starred Maria Angela Giordano, Silvia Superstar & Aldo Sambrell
1997 Tender Flesh Carne Fresca . Bocatto di Cardinale produced by Kevin Collins; starred Lina Romay, Amber Newman, Analia Ivars, Alain Petit, Monique Parent & Aldo Sambrell; remake of Franco's Perverse Countess; Franco's last real movie (shot on film)
1998 Lust for Frankenstein produced by Kevin Collins; starred Lina Romay, Michelle Bauer, Amber Newman, Rachel Sheppard & Analia Ivars; shot on video
Mari-Cookie and the Killer Tarantula Mari Cookie y la tarantula asesina . Eight Legs To Love You produced by Kevin Collins; starred Lina Romay, Michelle Bauer, Linnea Quigley, Amber Newman, Rachel Sheppard & Analia Ivars; shot on video
1999 Dr. Wong's Virtual Hell El infierno virtual del Dr. Wong . Doctor Wong produced by Kevin Collins; starred Lina Romay, Jesus Franco, Howard Vernon (in stock footage from Franco's Curse of Frankenstein), Rachel Sheppard & Analia Ivars; shot on video
Vampire Blues Los blues del vampiro . Vampire Sex: Lady Dracula 3 . Vampyr Blues produced by Kevin Collins; starred Lina Romay, Jesus Franco, Rachel Sheppard & Analia Ivars; shot on video
Red Silk Seda Roja produced by Kevin Collins; starred Lina Romay & Christie Levin; shot on video
Broken Dolls Munecas Rotas produced by Kevin Collins; starred Lina Romay & Christie Levin; shot on video
2000 Helter Skelter based on the writings of the Marquis de Sade; produced by Kevin Collins; starred Lina Romay, Rachel Sheppard & Analia Ivars; music by Daniel White; shot on video
Blind Target Obietivo a Ciegas produced by Kevin Collins; starred Rachel Sheppard, Linnea Quigley & Lina Romay; shot on video
2001 Vampire Junction produced by Kevin Collins; starred Lina Romay & Fata Morgana; shot on video
2002 Jess Franco's Incubus Incubus remake of Franco's Lorna the Exorcist; produced by Kevin Collins; starred Carina Palmer, Carsten Frank & Lina Romay; music by Daniel White; shot on video
The Killer Barbys vs. Dracula Killer Barbys Contra Dracula produced by Kevin Collins; starred Lina Romay, Silvia Superstar, Katja Bienert, Aldo Sambrell, Carsten Frank & Fata Morgana; shot on video
Antenna Criminal: Making a Jess Franco Movie documentary on the making of Blind Target directed by Brian Horrorwitz; starred Lina Romay, Kevin Collins, Jess Franco, Rachel Sheppard & Linnea Quigley
2005 Flowers of Perversion Jess Franco's Perversion . Flores de perversion produced by Franco; starred Lina Romay, Rachel Sheppard & Fata Morgana; shot on video
Flowers of Passion Jess Franco's Passion . Flores de la Pasion produced & directed by Franco; starred Fata Morgana, Lina Romay & Rachel Sheppard; music by Daniel White; shot on video
Snakewoman produced by Kevin Collins; co-written by Jess Franco & Lina Romay; starred Lina Romay, Christie Levin, Antonio Mayans, Rachel Sheppard & Fata Morgana; filmed on video
2008 A Bad Day at the Cemetery (Parts 1 & 2) La cripta de las mujeres malditas / Crypt of the Cursed Women filmed in two parts; produced by Franco; starred Fata Morgana (also co-writer/cinematographer) & Carmen Montes; music by Daniel White; shot on video
2009 Take-Away Spirit produced & co-written by Kevin Collins; starred Jess Franco, Brad Frikkers & Amy Brown; filmed in England, Brooklyn, Spain & China (on video)
2010 Paula-Paula: An Audiovisual Experience Paula-Paula starred Carmen Montes & Lina Romay (her last film); 66 minutes long, filmed on video
2012 Al Pereira vs. the Alligator Women Culitos in the Night . Al Pereira vs. the Alligator Ladies co-written by Franco & Antonio Mayans; starred Antonio Mayans, Irene Verdu, Paula Davis, Carmen Montes & Jesus Franco; filmed on video
2013 Revenge of the Alligator Women Revenge of the Alligator Ladies co-written & co-directed by Franco & Antonio Mayans; starred Antonio Mayans, Irene Verdu, Paula Davis & Carmen Montes; music by Jess Franco; filmed on video; (Franco's last film, it was released posthumously)

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.sensacine.com/noticias/cine/noticia-18511350/ Muere Jess Franco, padre de la serie B española (in spanish)
  2. ^ http://soledadmiranda.com/fantastic.html Jess Franco and Lina Romay Interview About Soledad Miranda
  3. ^ http://www.nationalenquirer.com/celebrity/cult-horror-director-jess-franco-dead

Further reading[edit]

  • Jess Franco, Memorias del tío Jess (2004) (autobiography, in Spanish)
  • Stéphane du Mesnilot, Jess Franco - Énergies du fantasme (2004, in French)
  • Alain Petit, Manacoa Files (1994–1999, in French)
  • Lucas Balbo, Peter Blumenstock, Christian Kessler, Tim Lucas, Obsession - The Films of Jess Franco (1993)
  • Tim Lucas, How to Read a Franco Film, in Video Watchdog n. 1 (1990) Article at the Wayback Machine (archived September 2, 2000)
  • The book Immoral Tales: European Sex & Horror Movies 1956-1984 (1994) by Cathal Tohill and Pete Tombs dedicates a chapter to him.
  • Xavier Mendik. "Perverse Bodies, Profane Texts: Processes of Sadeian 'Mixture' in the Films of Jesus Franco" in Andy Black (ed), Necronomicon: The Journal of Horror and Erotic Cinema: Book Two London: Creation Books, 1998, pp. 6–29.
  • Benedikt Eppenberger, Daniel Stapfer Mädchen, Machos und Moneten: Die unglaubliche Geschichte des Schweizer Kinounternehmers Erwin C. Dietrich. Mit einem Vorwort von Jess Franco. Verlag Scharfe Stiefel, Zurich, 2006, ISBN 3-033-00960-3
  • (Italian) Robert Monell, Il codice segreto di Jesús Franco, in Nocturno Dossier n. 60, luglio 2007

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