Description

Written and Directed by Jess Franco, 1962, aka L’horrible Docteur Orlof

Generally considered the first horror film produced in Spain, THE AWFUL DR. ORLOF launched the career of cult cinema’s most colourful figure: “Jess” Franco. Cloaking the story in the visual style of the British gothic film. Franco injected ORLOF with the kind of morbid eroticism that would quickly become his signature (and is presented here in the uncensored French release version).

Howard Vernon stars as a diabolical surgeon who, with the help of his blind minion Morpho (Ricardo Valle), lures beautiful women into the operating room of his stone castle, so they may provide the raw materials for a series of experimental face grafts for his disfigured daughter.

Extras

  • Audio commentary by Tim Lucas
  • ‘The Horror of Orlof’, a 16-minute interview with Jess Franco, directed by David Gregory, produced by Elijah Drenner
  • The Young Dr. Orlof Chronicles, a 19-minute documentary by Daniel Gouyette on the making of the film.
  • “Jess! What are you doing Now!” an 8-minute homage to Jess Franco by Daniel Gouyette.
  • Photo gallery
  • Theatrical trailers

Film Details

  • French language with optional English subtitles English dubbed
  • Cast: With Howard Vernon, Diana Lorys, Conrado San Martin, Parla Cristal, Ricardo Valle