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Sinister Eyes Of Dr. Orloff, The

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At the 2009 Goya Awards Spain's equivalent of the Oscars writer/director Jess Franco received a Lifetime Achievement Award for his 50-year career that includes such immortal classics as VAMPYROS LESBOS, BLOODY MOON and his infamous DR. ORLOFF series. In this 73 Orlo shocker, William Berger (KEOMA, FIVE DOLLS FOR AN AUGUST MOON) stars as the diabolical doctor who unleashes a nightmare of hypnosis, violence and folk music on a crippled young woman (Mona Proust of DIARY OF A NYMPHOMANIAC) and her depraved family. Edmund Purdom (PIECES) and Lina Romay (FEMALE VAMPIRE) co-star in this beloved slab of psycho-sleaze, packed with enough sadism, murder and madness to keep Goya spinning in his crypt for the next half century.

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  • Actors: William Berger, Mona Proust, Edmund Purdom, Lina Romay
  • Directors: Jess Franco
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: Spanish
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Intervision Picture Corp.
  • DVD Release Date: February 8, 2011
  • Run Time: 76 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004GYS2R4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #61,746 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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I have to admit, this release from Intervision Picture Corp is both a blessing and a curse. On one hand, it's an unreleased gem in the prolific output from the elder statesman of Eurosleaze, another addition to the Orloff series (though one entry has nothing to do with any other, but in the Franco interview included on this disc we get to find out the where and why he began using the Orloff name, along with some other interesting trivia, assuming you can understand Jess at all due to his heavy accent and the fact that he's lost all but one of his teeth, apparantly - the interview should be subtitled), and probably one of the most linear and coherent storylines I've ever come across in the vast pantheon of Franco's work. As a film, it's complete and distinctly Franco at his finest, story-wise. Shocking as it seems, it appears he was actually working with a script, albeit a short one, but I'm complementing and not complaining. For this reason I'm giving it 4 stars, though it's probably only deserving 3.

On the other hand, the print suffers from many distortions; the most difficult to bear being the wretchedly cropped full screen (?) aspect ratio, which still appears squashed to fit a widescreen TV. The film only takes up half your screen as if the left and right sides are lopped off yet the top to bottom legnth appears distorted and compressed. It's highly annoying to watch at first, but I was able to overcome this hurdle after a while, yet some cinephiles will go berserk over this annoyance.
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This is a decent movie, but as i stated i was hoping for a bit more than what we get.

The film is subtitled, which doesn't bother me too much but they sorta stop subtitling in a major plot point. It hurts the movie a bit when the Doctor is describing his plans for revenge and you don't know what they are saying for nearly 3 minutes. I was also looking forward to more gore or terror - or really more atmosphere to send chills up my spine, but the movie fell a bit short and ended up being a mild Thriller.

I hate to say, but i would kinda prefer this had english dubbing. It lacks some oomph and reading subtitles doesn't help. Normally i prefer original dialogue with subtitles, but this could be a cheesy rainy day flick if i didn't have to read it.

I still love Intervideo and hope they keep the obscure fun movies coming to us, even though this one is not one of their strongest titles.
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This ‘73 installment in Jess Franco’s Orloff series is full of the dreaminess and depravity one automatically expects from any movie with Franco’s name attached, though its depravity is not so much in the wallow-in-nudity kind of way that many Franco flesh fests are, but rather in the villainy of the characters involved. There’s a little lust, sexually, but more of the characters’ lust is centered around money, not getting it on. Specifically, there’s an inheritance at stake and everybody from Dr. Orloff to the family members of the film’s crippled heroine is out to get it. And all the plotting revolves around the young bed/wheelchair-bound woman. The thing is, her status as both crippled woman and heroine come into question when murders and nightmares begin to dovetail. (Now that’s the sort of thing we expect from a Franco film.) There are some neat mysteries here as Dr. Orloff employs his mesmerism to hypnotically plunge into the center of the young woman’s disturbed mind. And what about said disturbance? Is she crazy or not? What - or who - is making her crazy? No one seems innocent in this film. And, worst of all, what’s all this head-tinkering through Orloffian mind control going to stir up inside the poor girl’s noggin? And how does the present violence tie in with the past? Yep, it’s kind of a mystery story with a touch of the fantastic thrown in and, as with maybe the bulk of Franco’s films, the movie walks a fine line between linearity and surreal experientiality. They’re perfectly balanced. THE SINISTER EYES OF DR. ORLOFF is not Franco’s crowning achievement by any means. But it is one of his good movies, at least, if not one of his great ones. And if you’ve seen one of his bad flicks, you can be thankful this Orloff entry is one of Franco’s good films.
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Here we have a Jess Franco film made in a transitional period where it was made in the company of such titles as 'THE PERVERSE COUNTESS', two Maciste muscleman hommages to the Italian peplums and one of his masterpieces 'FEMALE VAMPIRE' or if you prefer 'THE BARE-BREASTED COUNTESS'. This Dr. Orloff film has nothing to do with Franco's first masterpiece 'GRITOS EN LA NOCHE' aka 'THE AWFUL DR. ORLOFF'. This incarnation is a vengeful psychotic played by Euro actor William Berger who wants to destroy the family in which his rival married into to gain the inheritance away from the heirs and exert his murders through his hypnotic influence on the daughter Melissa. The film resembles one of those 1940's PRC/MONOGRAM pot boilers as a straight forward thriller with horror elements that Bela Lugosi would have been right at home in. It is not as perverse as his token eroticisms but it has many great Franco touches with erratic camerawork and sylistic set pieces. The murders are handled excellently especially the point of view bath tub sequence and the murder of the family butler on a fog shrouded road . Mona Proust who also was great in 'SINNER-DIARY OF A NYMPHOMANIAC' is brilliant as Orloff's walking automaton staggering through the house knife in hand looking for victims, some of these scenes are absolutely chilling and worth the price tag of the film alone. Hollywood actor Edmund Purdom is along as the police inspector but seems to be in the same trance as our heroine. Franco himself appears in an early flashback as Melissa's father and in typical fashion, staggers after our heroine and proceeds to drip blood onto her nightgown. You'll find out why as the movie progresses. Intervision gives it a full screen transfer which fluctuates but is better than the below par dupes which were on videotape.Read more ›
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