A couple of hotties who perform wierd "S&M" type shows and their 'lovers' decide to stage a mock "Black" mass. Unfortunately for them, Vogel, a priest, catches the perfomance and thinks it's all real. Armed with the "Sword of the Lord", Vogel decides to take out those who are "possessed" and extract their "demons".
Some "Sword". It's a fucking switchblade...
Anne - Lina Romay
Martine - Catherine Lafferière
Vogel - Jesus Franco
Rose - Nadine Pascal
Countess - Nicolas France
Pierre - Pierre Taylou
Malou - Roger Germanes
Maria - Monica Swinn
David - Sam Marée
Gina - Caroline Rivière
Tanner - Olivier Mathot
Directed by - Jesus Franco
Written by - Henri Bral de Boitselier,
Jesus Franco, James C. Garner, & Marius Lesoeur
Well, finally, a decent film by Franco. Surprised? Yeah, so am I. I wouldn't clamor to buy it, but it is a good watch and worth a rent. Of course, with Franco, you will be getting a dump-truckload of skin and beautiful women, something Franco has always been able to cast in his films. The story was quite interesting and did keep me entertained.
Unfortunatley, there is not very much blood. You get to play "Name that Organ" maybe once, but other than that, the only real eye candy is all the damn bukkid nekkidness and rolling aroond in the sack. Some pretty good action, cap guns, car chases, and uhhh, more, uhhh nekkidness. The movie does drag and yeah a lot of useless metaphors, but again, it isn't all bad.
I did always enjoy Franco's play on what is and isn't appropriate by "the man's" standards with sex, skin, more sex, and religion- mixed with sex, skin, and more sex, that silly "Sword of the Lord". So for that he gets props. I will still give him his usual props on good camerwork and scenery.
Franco always seemed to have an eye for good location to shoot his movies, too.
Damnit if most of it is useless metaphors, but good nonetheless.
Try and make sure you find the actual 'uncut' version if you can as from what I understand Franco shot this parts of this bitch like 45 different times to appease to the region you live in. Hell, there's even a XXX version of the film. So if you're looking to be put to sleep, stear clear of this one.
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Well, finally, a decent film by Franco. Surprised? Yeah, so am I. I wouldn't clamor to buy it, but ...
If you're a regular reader of this site, you know there's a love-hate relationship with Mr. Franco when it comes to us and his movies. On one hand, he made Justine. On the other hand, he kept going, and made more, each of which has been more awful and supernaturally boring than the previous. I have to say, though, that this flick didn't make me pass out TOO much while I was watching it.
For the uninitiated, Franco's movies are thus: thin plot, naked women, a few ridiculous violent moments, more naked women, etc. Unfortunately, while most of these elements generally adds up to "ridiculously awesome," for some damn reason, Franco can take all these and make the most goddamn boring two hours on film. Every time.
Seriously, how does he do it? Even this movie, which was half decent, managed to be boring as all hell. It's filled to the brim with butt-naked women, including Franco's wife, Lina Romay (watching this, I can see why he married her, she was pretty smokin' back in the day), Satanic rituals, and a few scenes of disembowlement, but for some damn reason, it's more boring than minor league baseball.
Anyway. there are a few good shots here and there, and like the Captain says if you want you can search out the eight thousand versions of this damn movie, including the XXX version. There's also plenty of brain-dead gaps in logic to gawk at, as the killer priest leaves the sergeant laying on his floor instead of, well, killing him, and his partner just...walks into the apartment? Not to mention when said sergeant gets beaned, his reaction is less, "Oh no I've been hit and possibly killed!" and more, "Ahh! Very refreshing!" In other words, turn your brain off; but, if you've seen any of Franco's other works you already knew that.
Seriously, I need to talk to this dude and figure out how he systemically makes the most dull features on the planet. It seems almost impossible, and I really think he deserve a Lifetime Achievement Award for his work in healing insomnia.Hide Full Review
If you're a regular reader of this site, you know there's a love-hate relationship with Mr. Franco w ...
Pointless wardrobe - yes
Random violence (yeah right)- yes
Uppercut - no
"Sword of the Lord" - no
Damn! Don't waste anytime do they?
No shame. Gotta love it.
Turn down your tie!
Is she dancing or having a seizure?
Damn! Make yourself at home, indeed!
Tag! You're dead.
Hey itza me! Mario!
Why does Satan get all the hotties?
Geez. They'll start a fire with all that rubbing.
Excuse me. Ex-excuse me, sorry, excuse me.
Alriiight. Time to smoooth it out for all the lovers out there...
I'm just gonna sit here and look cool while I put 2 & 2 together.
Must be "lounge" night at the Black mass.
Seriously, could the cameraman be anymore obvious?!
I'm just gonna, uhh, look cool and a 2&2 again. See my fur coat?
Extreme chase sequence.
Cameraman must be drunk again.
Warning shot then shoot him? Fair enough. With a cap gun no less.
Raymond - "He's really a wierdy."
Inspector - "You college boys never made mistakes like ordinary cops, but this mistake really hurts."