TWO UNDERCOVER ANGELS (1969)
aka The Case of the Two Beauties; Rote Lippen, Sadisterotica
Article 4362 by Dave Sindelar
Directed by Jesus Franco
Featuring Janine Reynaud, Rosanna Yanni, Chris Howland
Country: West Germany / Spain
What it is: Swinging sixties comic horror thriller
A two-woman crime-fighting group known as “Red Lips” try to discover why models are disappearing. They discover that the missing women are featured in works of art by a mysterious artist whom they try to track down.
I’ve already seen the sequel to this movie (KISS ME, MONSTER), which, according to IMDB, is inferior to this movie. I myself see little real difference between the two movies. Granted, they both suffer from substandard dubbing and questionable translations, so they may be better in their native languages. For a movie whose original title hints at both sadism and eroticism, it’s pretty mild; there’s a lot of innuendo, a couple of semi-naked dances, and some revealing costumes for the eroticism, and the sadism comes in plot elements from PEEPING TOM and A BUCKET OF BLOOD. It does seem to be one of the more accessible of Franco’s movies, but I really didn’t find it all that amusing or thrilling. There’s a werewolf-like creature named Morpho, but Franco has used that name before for a more effective monster. In short, this movie didn’t really appeal to me all that much.