THE PERVERSE COUNTESS (1974)
aka LA COMTESSE PERVERSE, THE EVIL COUNTESS, LES CROQUEUSES
Article 2077 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing Date: 11-21-2006
Posting Date: 4-20-2007
Directed by Jesus Franco
Featuring Alice Arno, Howard Vernon, Kali Hansa
An evil count and countess lure beautiful women to their island and hunts them (among other things).
Yes, it’s Franco again. This is supposed to be a variation of THE MOST DANGEROUS GAME, and I suppose it is; it’s kind of hard to follow the plot between the endless scenes involving bodies thrashing about, which account for about fifty percent of the movie. Of the remaining half of the movie, most of that consists of women either standing around naked, sitting around naked, or in the process of getting undressed. Given that this movie is rated highly (for a Franco film, anyway) on IMDB, I can only come to the conclusion that Francophiles consider this one an expression of great cinematic art. Me, I’ll give it credit for two things; the Count and Countesses’ abode is a fairly unnerving architectural structure, and the music is a little better than usual for a Franco film. Other than that, I have little use for this one.
I’m ready to move on.