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Jesús Franco

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Jesús "Jess" Franco (born 12 May 1930 as Jesús Franco Manera) is a Spanish film director, writer, cinematographer and actor. His career took off in 1961 with his cult classic The Awful Dr. Orloff, which received wide distribution in the United States and England. Though he had some American box office success with Necronomicon (1967), his first women-in-prison film Ninety-Nine Women (1968) and his two Christopher Lee films, The Bloody Judge and Count Dracula, he never achieved wide commercial success. Franco moved from Spain to France in 1970 so that he could make more violent and sexual films, and it was at this point that his career began to go downhill commercially, as he turned to low-budget filmmaking with a heavier accent on adult-oriented films. Although he produced a few well-received, low budget horror films in the early 70's (Dracula vs Frankenstein, Vampyros Lesbos), many people in the industry considered him a porn director due to the huge number of X-rated adult films he began churning out. Franco returned to low-budget horror in a brief comeback period from 1980-1983 (Bloody Moon, Mondo Cannibale, Oasis of the Zombies), but after 1983, his career took a second downturn. With the exception of his Faceless (1988) and Killer Barbys (1996), his post-1984 films are almost unwatchable due to the incredibly low budgets he was forced to work with. Franco has nevertheless retained a large cult following through the years with his sexually-charged horror films, some of which are regarded as masterpieces by his avid followers. His fans tend to obsessively collect all of his films (both the good and the execrable) and line up for hours at horror conventions for a chance to meet him in person. Description above from the Wikipedia article Jesús Franco, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia​

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May 12, 1930 In Madrid, Spain
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Around the World in Eighty Days 1956-10-17
Latest Project:
Movie Dracula Barcelona 2017-10-05
Known For
Poster of Clawing! A Journey Through Spanish Horror
Poster of Por la gracia de Luis
Poster of What a honeymoon
Movie Dracula Barcelona Himself 2017-10-05
Movie Soledad Miranda, Flower in the Desert Himself (archive footage) 2015-10-01
Movie Clawing! A Journey Through Spanish Horror Himself (archive footage) (uncredited) 2014-06-20
Movie Call Me Jess Redux Himself 2014-09-26
Movie Al Pereira vs. the Alligator Ladies The Director 2013-03-22
Movie Los profundos sueños de Jennifer Voz 2013-03-18
Movie The Rhythm of Jess Himself 2013-04-26
Movie The Latest Film by Jess Franco Himself 2013-10-11
Movie The Hot Nights of Linda Dr. Roberts (as Jess Franck) 2013-10-08
Movie Revenge of the Alligator Ladies Himself 2013-10-12
Movie Debris Documentar Jess Franco 2012-09-28
Movie Tío Jess Himself 2012-11-20
Movie Crypt of the Condemned 2012-10-05
Movie Esperpentos Unknown 2009-04-23
Movie Take-Away Spirit J.W. Radek 2009-01-01
Movie Por la gracia de Luis Himself 2009-10-17
Movie Idoru Unknown 2009-09-27
Movie Angel of Death 2: The Prison Island Massacre Mad Prisoner 2007-01-15
Movie Jesús Franco, manera de vivir Himself 2007-05-24
Movie The Well Unknown 2005-03-11
Movie Ban the Sadist Videos! Himself 2005-09-06
Movie See You Later Cowabunga: Curse of the Evil Cenachero! 2004-03-06
Movie Red Venice Jess Franco 2003-01-01
Movie Death Karate in Torremolinos Miyagi 2003-03-14
Movie Antena Criminal: Making a Jess Franco Movie Himself 2002-01-15
Movie Call Him Jess Himself 2000-01-20
Movie Dr. Wong's Virtual Hell Dr. James Wong 1999-01-01
Movie Vampire Blues The Merchant 1999-01-01
Series Eurotika! Himself 1999-10-03
Movie El abuelo, la condesa y Escarlata la traviesa 1992-01-01
Movie Esa cosa con plumas Unknown 1988-04-08
Movie Girl with the Red Lips Professor Karame 1986-01-01
Movie Jailhouse Wardress Uncle Jess 1986-06-04
Movie Judoka Shadow versus Doctor Wong Dr. Wong 1985-01-01
Movie Trip to Bangkok, Coffin included (uncredited) 1985-06-01
Movie Bahía blanca El Miserias (uncredited) 1984-01-01
Movie Night Has a Thousand Desires Psychiatrist (uncredited) 1984-03-05
Movie Camino solitario Doctor Callman 1984-01-23
Movie El siniestro doctor Orloff Manolo 1984-06-18
Movie A Crack for Two Tom 1984-08-01
Movie The Blues of Pop Street Sam Chesterfield 1983-01-01
Movie En busca del dragón dorado Blind Old Man 1983-01-01
Movie Blood on My Shoes Abductor 1983-01-01
Movie Macumba Sexual Recepcionista (as Juan G. Cabral) 1983-10-20
Movie Black Boots, Whip of Leather Matón en cementerio de coches (voice) (uncredited) 1983-01-24
Movie The Night Of Open Sex Conde 1983-02-23
Movie The Sex Is Crazy Film Director 1981-01-01
Movie Sadomania Lucas 1981-03-27
Movie Bloody Moon Doctor (uncredited) 1981-03-27
Movie What a honeymoon Unknown 1980-01-01
Movie White Cannibal Queen Mr. Martin 1980-09-15
Movie Justine and the Whip Unknown 1979-01-01
Movie The Sadist of Notre Dame Mathis Vogel 1979-06-15
Movie Ilsa, the Mad Butcher Dr. Milton Arcos 1977-01-21
Movie Kiss Me Killer Marcel 1977-03-31
Movie Swedish Nympho Slaves Radeck's Assistant 1977-04-15
Movie Shining Sex Dr. Seward 1977-06-08
Movie Midnight Party Janos Radeck 1976-01-23
Movie Les emmerdeuses 1976-07-22
Movie Barbed Wire Dolls Maria's Father (uncredited) 1976-04-22
Movie Exorcism Mathis Vogel, aka Laforgue (as Jess Frank) 1975-08-25
Movie Women Behind Bars Bill 1975-01-01
Movie Downtown - Die nackten Puppen der Unterwelt Al Pereira 1975-08-28
Movie Night of the Assassins Andy 1974-09-29
Movie Celestine Sleeping Man 1974-10-16
Movie Eugénie Attila Tanner 1973-04-05
Movie Female Vampire Dr. Roberts 1973-04-07
Movie The Sinister Eyes of Dr. Orloff Lord Comfort 1973-01-01
Movie Sinner: The Secret Diary of a Nymphomaniac Inspecteur Hernandez 1973-06-21
Movie Dolls for Sale Unknown 1973-11-29
Movie A Virgin Among the Living Dead Basilio (as Jesus Manera) 1973-11-15
Movie The Castle of Fu Manchu Insp. Ahmet 1972-01-01
Movie Cuadecuc, Vampir Himself / Van Helsing's Servant (uncredited) 1972-05-05
Movie The Corpse Packs His Bags Gonzales 1972-10-01
Movie The Erotic Rites of Frankenstein Morpho 1972-12-27
Movie The Vengeance of Dr. Mabuse Crosby / Drunk Man in Nightclub 1972-12-26
Movie Robinson and His Tempestuous Slaves Director 1972-10-01
Movie The Devil Came from Akasava Tino Celli 1971-03-05
Movie She Killed in Ecstasy Dr. Donen 1971-12-10
Movie Vampyros Lesbos Memmet 1971-07-15
Movie Count Dracula Van Helsing's Servant 1970-04-03
Movie Eugenie Man on red ritual scene 1970-08-05
Movie 99 Women Official 1969-03-05
Movie Venus in Furs Jazz Musician 1969-08-19
Movie The Girl from Rio Guitar Player 1969-03-14
Movie Two Undercover Angels Napoleon Bolivard 1969-03-28
Movie Succubus Writer 1969-04-07
Movie The Diabolical Dr. Z Inspector Tanner 1967-02-15
Movie Lucky, the Inscrutable Ciego / Zoltan / Guitarrista 1967-06-23
Movie Attack of the Robots Piano Player 1966-04-27
Movie The Secret of Dr. Orloff Piano Player 1964-01-01
Movie Strange Voyage Venancio Vidal 1964-08-09
Movie The Awful Dr. Orlof Piano Player 1964-12-02
Movie Around the World in Eighty Days Extra (uncredited) 1956-10-17

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