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Product Description

Parisian cll girls murdered... Send for Inspector Bogart! This gory sex thriller stars a galaxy of Eurocult acting talent. Anita Ekberg (the killer nun); Howard Vernon (Awfull Dr Orloff); Rosalba Neri (Lady Frankenstein)... not to mention hunky Gordon Mitchell, sexy Barbara Bouchet and glamorous Evelyn Kraft. Oh - and professional Humphrey Bogart lookalike Robert Sacchi!

To match its sparkling cast, the film boasts a suitable wild plot. it featuires hooded killers, mad scientists, an eyeball thief and some of the sleaziest murders seen in a long time.

Never previously available on DVD - brand new digital HD anamorphic transfer - fully uncut for the first time ever!

Review

A valuable bit of cult film scholarship and a sleazy good time,another winner in the Mondo Macabro library -- Mondo Digital

Essential Euro trash - order now -- Sex Gore Mutants

a dynamite Eurocult cast - standout sleaze scenes - it's going to be on your to-buy list --DVD Drive-In

Special Features

  • Documentary on producer Dick Randall
  • Deleted and alternate scenes
  • Large stills and poster gallery

Product Details

  • Actors: Anita Ekberg, Rosalba Neri, Evelyne Kraft, Howard Vernon, Pietro Martellanza
  • Directors: Ferdinando Merighi
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen, Dolby
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Mondo Macabro
  • DVD Release Date: June 28, 2005
  • Run Time: 83 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009NSE4M
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #95,388 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "French Sex Murders" on IMDb

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By Christopher W. Curry on September 2, 2005
Format: DVD
Famed film producer, and all around sleaze-meister, Dick Randall tossed this slice of steamy Eurocult into the, then, very popular Giallo ring, and soon came away a winner. None-too-prolific F. L. Morris (this being his third and final film) was brought in for the directing duties and a cast to end all casts was assembled to round out a rather stylish though derivative murder and sex mystery.

As with most films of this type the plot is so chock full of improbabilities that it nearly borders on tedium. The narrative simply twists and turns itself inside out to the point of complete absurdity. However, some of the key elements and highlights include: a jewel heist, an all-knowing-all-seeing medium, a brothel, hooded killers, a mad scientist, incredibly sexy women, incest, human eyeball fondling and a professional Humphrey Bogart look-a-like!

With all of this swirling about, the meandering storyline easily takes a backseat to the obligatory naked female flesh and gory set pieces. Topless hotties, beheadings and stabbings aplenty. Oh, and the groovy soundtrack by one of Europe's finest, Bruno Nicolai, is worthy of a mention as well.

Producer Randall was famous for selling his movies to various markets across the globe and so the film was, not so surprisingly, host to a mint of alternate titles, including: "The Bogeyman and the French Sex Murders," "Murders in Paris," "The Paris Sex Murders," "Casa d'appuntameto" and "Auge des Bösen." Mondo Macabro did a wonderful job on the extras that include an essay by Pete Tombs about the film and its distribution, a 30 minute documentary on producer Dick Randall, 2 deleted scenes and a stockpile of stills, posters and various press materials.
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Mondo Macabro has done an excellent job of releasing a lot of bizarre, campy European exploitation films of which "French Sex Murders" is a prime example. It was produced by Dick Randall, king of the sleazy exploitation film. Like Alfred Hitchcock, he often made brief cameos in his films. In "French Sex Murders," he was a customer at a brothel where a prostitute has been found beat to death. An innocent man is convicted; he curses all those who testified against him. While trying to escape on a motorcycle, he is beheaded. Soon afterwards, every one he cursed is murdered in gruesome fashion: beheading, eye gouging, throat slashing, etc.

This bizarre giallo never has a dull moment. It begins with a flashback - someone falls to their death from the Eiffel Tower. There are numerous chase scenes, plenty of gruesome killings (including a triple murder), and some gratuitous sex that borders on porn. Strange characters include a doctor who insists on having the decapitated head of the accused murderer in order to gouge out the eyeballs for examination. The cast of actors include stars from all over Europe. One of my personal favorites is lovely giallo scream queen Barbara Bouchet who is Francine - the first prostitute to die. She starred in numerous gialli including "The Red Queen Kills Seven Times," "The Black Belly of the Tarantula," and "Don't Torture a Duckling." A beautiful, dreamy score has been provided by Bruno Nicolai who has composed the music for many gialli such as "Death Walks on High Heels," "The Case of the Scorpion's Tail," and "The Night Evelyn Came Out of Her Grave."

Dick Randall's films were low budget imitations of more successful ones.
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FRENCH SEX MURDERS (1972) is a heady Eurocult stew as only exploitation-meister Dick Randall could come up with! The film is a giallo (one of my favorite sub-genres) in the tradition of Mario Bava's BLOOD AND BLACK LACE, Paolo Cavara's BLACK BELLY OF THE TARANTULA, and Andrea Bianchi's later film, STRIP NUDE FOR YOUR KILLER. The cast is amazing: you have Anita Ekberg, Rosalba Neri, Jess Franco veteran Howard Vernon, Barbara Bouchet, Evelyne Kraft, and Bogart-lookalike Robert Sacchi. As for the plot itself, it concerns the murders of several ladies of the evening with one bizarre twist at the end! The visual effects are by Carlo Rambaldi, who would go on to work on Dario Argento's DEEP RED and the legendary films ALIEN and E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL among others! Plus, the editing was done by none other than Bruno Mattei, who would go on to unleash the most prolific bad-movie ripoffs in Italian cinema during the 1980's, such as HELL OF THE LIVING DEAD and RATS: NIGHT OF TERROR!

Mondo Macabro did a fine job with this DVD; they assembled the longest possible cut from various sources and it looks great. Two deleted scenes are included, both of which explain the motivations of central characters. We also get a documentary on Mr. Randall, a stills gallery, and a trailer reel for other Mondo Macabro products! Highly recommended!
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On the back of the box, it says that this "features some of the sleaziest murders seen in a long time." However, this really isn't a sleazy giallo; I like giallos, and thought this one was great, but it isn't a sleaze film. Within the first 10 minutes a naked guy in a brothel is shown slapping around a clothed Barbara Bouchet; why she has her bra and underwear on in a brothel while he's nude doesn't have any logic. Throughout the film, no full frontal nudity or explicit sex is shown; unless, I guess, if you want to count that barley seen glimpse of that naked girl when she puts on that gown later in the film. There's just some topless scenes and a little rear nudity in the movie; if this had delivered more explicit nudity and sex, it would've been a lot better. So Bouchet is killed off-screen and found dead, and there's a motorcycle head decapitation that's shown within the first half-hour. With it's setting around Paris and in a brothel, the scenery is nice. The acting is good, and I thought the directing was excellent. Not much in terms of effective atmosphere, but the entire thing is nice to look at. It doesn't have any extreme gore, but it does deliver some good kills that I liked. The film's ending with its absurd climax that reveals the killers identity and reason for the killing is pretty funny. This is a nutty giallo that's a lot of fun, but just like many giallos, it doesn't have lots of action.

The quality is excellent with really good contrast and color. It's well lit, and sharpness is very good. There's a documentary on Dick Randall, deleted and alternate scenes, stills, stuff about the film and trailers for extras. You have to watch it dubbed, so the dubbing sometimes interferes with the quality of the acting.
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