The Diabolical Dr Z aka Dans less griffes du maniaque aka Miss Muerte
Directed by Jess Franco, 1966
A stylish medical-horror thriller that brings to mind the work of Georges Franju and David Cronenberg, The Diabolical Dr Z is a vitally important film in the horror cinema’s transition from spooky scares to a more dreamy and erotic varièty that would become the signature of Spanish-born filmmaker Jess Franco. Mabel Karr stars as Irma Zimmer, the daughter of a visionary scientist (Antonio Jiménez Escribano) who has developed a morbid system of mind control. After the slightly mad doctors’ death, Irma carries on her fathers’ work and uses a telepathically-controlled exotic dancer with poisoned fingernails (Estella Blain) as an instrument of revenge upon three doctors who mocked Dr Z’s theories. But can Irma eliminate the names on her hit list before a pair of detectives (played by Franco and the films’ composer, Daniel White) expose her plot?
- Audio commentary by film historian Tim Lucas
- Original theatrical trailer
- Language: French Soundtrack with optional English subtitles plus English dubbed version
- Cast:Mabel Karr, Estella Blain, Howard Vernon, Antonio Jiménez Escribano, Jess Franco, Daniel White