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"The French James Dean" Alain Delon (Fabio Montale, ) stars as Marc, a small-time con man on the run from a mobster. After seeking refuge in the mansion of the widowed Barbara (Lola Albright) and her curvaceous cousin, Melinda (Jane Fonda), Marc becomes trapped in the passionate snares of both women, who are full of deadly surprises.
Also Includes Added Bonus: French language version of Joy House ("Les Félins) with optional English subtitles
Besides showcasing Barbarella-era Jane Fonda in one of her sexiest roles, Réné Cléments thriller Joy House offers enough psychological suspense to count as horror. In it, Marc (Alain Délon of Purple Noon) agrees to indentured servitude to two women, Melinda (Jane Fonda) and her Aunt Barbara (Lola Albright) who hide him from police following a crime he has committed. Though the ladies appear from the outset to have renounced corruption for a life of monastic charity, their catfights over Marc result in his being trapped inside their castle, glamorously located in the French Riviera. The harder he tries to escape, the more he realizes he is trapped in the web woven by these two spider-like villainesses. Joy Houses suspense is wrapped in elegance. The stars, its settings, and the films score by Lalo Schifrin lifts it out of the B-movie, Hammer-film haunted house tale category. Like so many classic horror movies, most of the action takes place in a grand chateau, allowing Joy House to revel in its sense of claustrophobia. This recalls Mario Bava films, such as Black Sabbath and Hatchet for the Honeymoon, though the sexual tension implicit to Joy House is more akin to Jean Rollins movies, which focus as much on physical attraction as impending death. It also recalls Mommie Dearest or All About Eve, in which an elderly female competes with the younger for attention. Mirrored closet doors and reflective furniture throughout the mansion, as well as car rear-views, emphasize deception thematically in an especially Giallo way. However, there is zero gore here, and this film shies away from direct violence in favor of the implied, which is more in line with its sexually deviant undertow. --Trinie Dalton
This was really fun to watch, in English and in French, with Alain Delon and Jane Fonda, and if you are a fan, you will really enjoy it.Published 18 months ago by sonia
This is an excellent film of the French "New Wave" cinema period that works on multiple levels, primarily because it is psychologically insightful. Read morePublished 18 months ago by John Whitfield
One of his best films. And one of his many film in which he is exceedingly handsome!
The story is intruguing and mysterious as well.
"Les Felins (René Clément), F 1964
This isn't Barbie-rella Jane-a-della but Fonda-kitten getting her claws into young Delon! Read more
As a film,Joy House is a little dated, but it still manages to catch the attention and to hold it through to the final credits. Read morePublished on April 4, 2013 by Alexander S. Carter
The casting of Alain Delon with Jane Fonda and Lola Albright in a darkish story about keeping your life, but at a price, is close to perfect. Read morePublished on December 15, 2012 by ian
I'm sure that this film will never be rated as one of the finest bits of cinema but it was worth viewing. Read morePublished on December 13, 2012 by Dennis R. Pixler