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Succubus (1968)

Necronomicon - Geträumte Sünden (original title)
X | | Horror | 7 April 1969 (USA)
Janine Reynaud stars as a nightclub stripper who free-floats through a spectral 60's landscape littered with dream-figures, dancing midgets and bizarre S&M games.

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Jesús Franco (as Jess Franco)
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Complete credited cast:
Janine Reynaud ... Lorna Green
Jack Taylor ... William Francis Mulligan
Adrian Hoven ... Ralf Drawes
Howard Vernon ... Admiral Kapp
Nathalie Nort Nathalie Nort ... Bella Olga
Michel Lemoine ... Pierce
Pier A. Caminnecci Pier A. Caminnecci ... Hermann
Américo Coimbra Américo Coimbra ... The crucified actor
Lina De Wolf Lina De Wolf
Eva Brauner Eva Brauner
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Janine Reynaud stars as a nightclub stripper who free-floats through a spectral 60's landscape littered with dream-figures, dancing midgets and bizarre S&M games. Written by Anonymous

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West Germany | Spain | Portugal

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German | Spanish

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7 April 1969 (USA) See more »

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Lisbon, Portugal See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

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1.66 : 1
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Fritz Lang once called it the greatest erotic thriller he'd ever seen. See more »

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References The Phantom of the Opera (1925) See more »

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Alice in Wonderland meets the nightclub queen
27 September 2014 | by drownnnsodaSee all my reviews

"Succubus" has Janine Reynaud as Lorna, a nightclub performer whose sadomasochistic live shows attract a plethora of wealthy onlookers. Though her shows are a success, Lorna begins to lose her grip on reality, fading in and out of a dreamlike marathon of bizarre encounters, images, and even murders.

As with virtually all Jess Franco films, "Succubus" suffers a serious incoherence issue— the editing is at times sloppy, the pacing is languorous and sometimes un-involving, and the central premise and exposition are all but essentially forgotten within the first ten minutes. The opening scene is clear and captivating, but the audience loses any and all potential grip immediately after— such is Jess Franco. With a plot that is either intrinsically unintelligible, or perhaps ingeniously molded to mirror the schizophrenic mind, the film instead offers visuals a plenty.

Sexually-charged, gaudy, and thoroughly dazzling are the aesthetics here, from the seediness of the nightclubs to the various sets and scenarios which Lorna is immersed in; there is a consistent visual flair that Franco employs which guarantees audience attention just on a surface level. The hallucinogenic nature of the film is reminiscent of adventures down the rabbit hole, albeit a bit more macabre and ten times as sexual. The stringing together of waking reality or waking fantasy is powerful on a subconscious level, as each of the images provoke without relent.

It's not difficult to see why some people can't stand the film, or Jess Franco, but there's something unusually captivating about "Succubus". Not being the biggest Franco fan, I did stumble through the film at times and I did find it dull in more than one instance, but it is a thoroughly bizarre amalgam of images and mindsets inhabited by a murderous nightclub S&M stripper/performance artist, and there's something inherently fascinating about that whether you like it or not. Even if you wanted to be bored, it's kind of hard to be. Confused? That's understandable. 6/10.


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