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on March 19, 2011
Mondo Macabro unleashes yet another rare entry in the pantheon of perversity from the demented mind and elder statesman of Eurosleaze extraordinaire, Jess Franco, and the results are noteworthy to all Francophiles and Eurotrash enthusiasts alike. For the first time on dvd, we're treated to a 'lost' gem from the early 70's, probably Jess's most prolific period of filmmaking, and certainly ranking high among those films worth watching.

A French film from 1973, with only a few folks seeing it upon its initial release, the original print was lost or destroyed. It was later recut into a porno flick back in the early 80's by its producer, and most of the cut scenes were never recovered. This restoration utilizes three different 35mm sources and four different audio sources and, seeing as how it's been cobbled and sewn together much like Frankenstein's monster, the finished film quality is quite remarkable all around. It must have truly been a labor of love by Mondo Pete and Co., and a round of applause is well-deserved. Granted, there are an inordinate amount of jumpy edits and disjointed scenes, but this is a quality inherent in all Franco flicks, some more than others, but this time we can give him the benefit of the doubt and blame someone or something else... personally, I was impressed with the results.

Being a noted jazz aficionado, the directorial credits again go to Clifford Brown, the legendary trumpet player who frequently worked with drum wizard Max Roach, though we all know Jess helmed the camera, wrote the script (probably on his palm), edited and appears as the doctor in a mental ward, among other chores in this film. The widescreen ratio seems correct, and its languages are English audio or French with English subtitles. I viewed it in French w/ English subs, and aside from some occasional hiss, the sound was near perfect for a film of its age and history.

The title's a bit misleading, as there's no exorcist or exorcism anywhere to be found (see 'Exorcism' from 1974 on the Synapse label for Franco's take on that genre), this one's another Faustian pact tale or a perverse retelling of 'The Devil and Daniel Webster'. Patrick, a down-on-his-luck businessman, had an affair with a woman, Lorna, who was also a Succubus eighteen years ago, who enabled him to gain wealth, a happy family and prosperity. As it turns out, she reappears now to collect a debt in the form of his daughter, Linda (Franco's muse, Lina Romay), on her eighteenth birthday, while the family's vacationing at a casino resort. When Patrick unequivocally states that he will not relinquish his daughter to her, Lorna infects his wife (Jacqueline Laurent, who also appears in 'Sinner', another great, recent Mondo release) with the worst case of crabs you could ever imagine. It would be heresy to divulge more about that one. Patrick has to stop Lorna before she destroys his family and himself, and time has just about run out.

Now, on to the good stuff - the sleaze quotient's been cranked up to a Spinal Tap '11' everywhere - Lina Romay looks about as attractive as I've ever seen her (this was made around the time of 'Female Vampire'), and if you were her gynecologist you couldn't see more of her, Jacqueline Laurent is a fine specimen of middle-aged splendor (before the term MILF was coined) and looks fabulous writhing around a bed nude, and Pamela Stanford would be fine if she didn't have some bizarre transvestite eye-makeup on to make her look 'occult-like', but her form is not easily forgotten. Franco friend and regular Howard Vernon makes his usual cameo (doesn't this guy own a mirror or a comb?) that is easily forgotten seeing as he doesn't speak a word. Back to the naughty bits - there's gratuitously abundant full-frontal female flesh on parade, plenty of clam-shucking and box lunches to be had, more bush than the African Serengeti, and the afore-mentioned vaginal 'Attack of the Crab Monsters'. (Roger Corman would be proud).

As usual, we can always count on MM to heap loads of extras our way - this time out there's an 'About the Film' featurette, a cast and crew bio, 'Fear and Desire' on Franco, writer Stephen Thrower comments on 'Lorna', deleted and extended scenes, an interview with Gerard Kikoine on working with Franco (but it's the same one that's used on 'Sinner: Diary of a Nymphomaniac') and the extended 'More from Mondo Macabro' trailers that never get old. Kudos to these folks for delivering the goods to an eagerly-waiting audience yet again.

This is another example of what Jess does best - feverish, erotic delirium that's barely coherent but hauntingly mesmerizing to the Nth degree. God Bless him.
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on October 5, 2011
In the sick, sick world of Franco an uncut version of this film was the holy grail for almost three decades. Every since the review in Phil Hardy's excellent The Encyclopedia of Horror Movies it has been high on the list of Francophiles everywhere. For years we had to make do with hacked-up gray-market bootlegs. Now, finally, here it is in all its crazed, hypnotic, uncut glory thanks to Mondo Macabro. I should mention this film is not for the Franco beginner (if you are new to Jess Franco's crazy filmmaking world I would suggest titles like "Venus in Furs" or "The Diabolical Dr. Z" or maybe even one of his Soledad Miranda efforts like "Vampire Lesbos"). Franco is an acquired taste --and definitely not for everybody. His use of the zoom lens and non-linear story telling (often maddening in his lesser works) somehow gels in "Lorna The Exorcist" to create a lyrical and disturbing world that will stick with you for days. To my mind, it is his twisted masterpiece; a film unlike any other. I won't describe the plot (others already have in these reviews) just 'cause words can't do justice to the feel and mood of this amazing flick.
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on June 25, 2013
There's a lot of pros and cons to this movie depending on what the viewer will let slide. I haven't seen many Franco movies - but I did watch Venus in Furs (which I really, really dug) and Eugenie de Sade, which I also thought was good. But I admit, I'm a visual artist so a lot of things - like the locations, the aesthetics of the time (the great decor and fashions) and the cinematography end up holding the movie together for me more than most people! I DO like the cinematography, the NO-SET/on location shooting and all of Franco's close-ups and zooming. It's a really strange film. It's not successful as pornography OR Horror. You certainly wouldn't need a movie like this to get your rocks off when you have the internet today. It certainly isn't a scary movie or bloody movie. Yet it's content is so singularly perverse, it stuck in my mind for a couple of weeks after. It's really quite WITCHY and it's mix of carpet to carpet nudity with faustian bargains and incest thrown in really makes for something cancerous and unpleasant. What's odd about it, is that the movie is so natural - ZERO special effects, ZERO pretensions - that it actually seems like it's happening in real life. I love the horror genre and I didn't do myself wrong by seeing something that really just walks the fringes of it, but was so perpetually weird in it's unfolding that it actually seemed more disturbing and horrific than half the movies in my collection.
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on June 3, 2011
This is one of Jess Franco's best films. I have watched about 35 to 40 of his films over the years and Lorna is right in the top 5 next to Venus In Furs and Vampyros Lesbos. I'm not going to give the plot away, but I will say that Mondo Macabro presents one of their finest restorations to date with this disc. I highly recommend this film to lovers of sleaze and twisted psychological horror. A sexy, mind bending tour through the World of Franco.
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on September 5, 2011
Mondo Macabro has released the definitive Jess Franco opus 'LORNA THE EXCORCIST' aka 'LES POSSEDEES DU DIABLE'-1974, a smattering of eroticism, perversely disturbing images and subtle terror. You've read the other reviews included here and there is really not a hell of alot to add, but I just had to rave about the mesmerizing guitar score by Andre Benichou which lingers in the brain long after the movie goes to black; Pamela Stanford and Jacqueline Laurent's excellent ensemble acting and the incredible performance by Lina Romay , Franco's eternal companion who elevates the film to feats of surrealism unheard of for films of that period. Directing under the pseudonym of Clifford Brown, 'LORNA' arrives after his incredible psycho film 'EXORCISME'-1974 which would be remade(or continued) as 'THE SADIST OF NOTRE DAME'-1979 and before his forays into the Porn genre. This film is Franco at his most disturbing causing sexual encounters to become ugly sequences of incest and depravity, architectural landscapes becoming booby traps for our protagonists actually culminating in a lingering death scene involving Jacqueline Laurents which brings the sexual disease of having crabs to a new level. Be warned, if you have never seen a Franco film, begin elsewhere for this is his culmination of every photoplay he had created thus far and gives a taste of what was to come. Mondo Macabro releases the film in a definitive transfer utilizing different footage from past prints to erect its most complete version yet. The extras include an optional French track with English subtitles or English dubbing; Two seperate interviews with writer Stephen Thrower; an interview with French director Gerard Kikoine who worked with Franco and trailers for other Mondo releases. Recommended to all Franco fans, this is the entree which we have been waiting to digest and for the rest of my years on this Earth, I will always remember the scream of Lina Romay at the climax of the film, her harrowing descent into insanity which Franco's camera lingers on for at least two hackle-raising minutes and shows what an underrated actress she always was and is to this day. It is a truly terrifying experience and a perfect coda to this disturbing nightmare.
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on September 21, 2013
An average but equally notable title from Jesus Franco. This film will titilate your senses as well it will mess with your head. A person may find relief in knowing that their parents are not like this or humility in that they are?! Like most of Franco's films Lorna panders to erotic sensuality. The violence in this movie is kind of down played by its weirdness. God help us all. I will say no more. Viva Jesus Franco films.
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on July 22, 2015
It was pretty good movie.
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on November 1, 2014
So so.
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on February 2, 2015
Eh.
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on January 11, 2015
Not bad
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