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Os Demonios / Les Démons

The Demons
Die Nonnen von Clichy / Sex Demons

Portugal/France 1972
directed by Jess Franco
starring Britt Nichols, Anne Libert, Karin Field, Alberto Dalbés, John Foster (= Cihangir Gaffari), Howard Vernon, Doris Thomas, Luis Barboo

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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France, the time of the witchhunts: When a witch is burned, she curses all those responsible for her demise with her last breath, claiming her daughters will take revenge ... & Madame De Winter (Karin Field) feels inclined to take this threat literally. Soon she finds out the witch's 2 daughters, the open-minded & secretly masturbating Cahtherine (Anne Libert) & the virtuous Marguerite (Britt Nichols), in a convent, & when testing the girls' virinity, she finds out that Catherine is no longer pure & therefor must be a witch.

Soon Catherine is dragged off to Madame De Winter's place, & there she is tortured by Renfield (Alberto Dalbés), chief torturer of inquisitor Jeffries (John Foster) & Madame's secret lover. But Madame's husband, the Marquis (Howard Vernon) strongly objects witchhunts & torture & helps her escape - unbeknowest to his wife, who soon suspects Renfield of having freed the girl, him having shown a soft spot for her before. Jeffries now orders Renfield to bring the girl back, lest he be executed, & really, only a short time later, Renfield finds her & captures her. But instead of handing her over to the inquisition, he falls in love with the girl, they have sex & decide to flee to Holland together.

Their plan however falls apart when they are both captured by Jeffries' men, & dragged to Madame De Winter's place again, where they are to be slowly tortured to death as the highlight of one of her celebrations ...

... but what about Marguerite, you might (or might not) ask. Staying at the convent, she is one day visited by her dead mother, who tells her to take revenge on those who killed her, & to ensure that, she has also brought a demon, who rapes Marguerite to make her one of the devil's maids. & being now in Satan's employ, Marguerite wastes no time & seduces the Mother Superior (Doris Thomas), who commits suicide immediately afterwards. Marguerite then flees the convent to join a witches coven where she is taught the arts of black magic. Once she has perfected that, she soon makes friends with Madame De Winter & is soon - under false pretence - a guest at her mansion. & at the celebration where Catherine & Renfield are supposed to be tortured to death, she manages to take Madame to a private room & have sex with her - & hexes her so that her flesh dissolves, leaving only her skeleton. Then, Marguerite manages to get the Marquis to help her free her sister & Renfield, but as Jeffries finds Madame's skeleton, he is more than unlikely to let them go, since he is now convinced a witch is in their midst.

A battle ensues with many casualties on both sides, but Marguerite, Catherine & Renfield manage to get away - but since Renfield was one of those who helped kill Marguerite's mother, she soon uses her hex on him, too, making his flesh dissolve. Shocked to find out her sister really is a witch, Catherine soon calls upon the inquisition - that tried to kill her not long ago - herself, & soon Marguerite is captured, probed & about to be burned on the stake. She only has one last request, a kiss from Jeffries, as a token of forgiveness - but as their lips meet, Jeffries' flesh turns to dust, too ...


A trashy & sleazy witchhunt movie, as only Jess Franco could make them: openly voyeuristic, with an (un-)healthy interest for sadism & a general disinterest for realism or historical accuracy, that replaced by a healthy dose of pulp fiction, & even though it is made on a shoestring, that doesn't keep Franco from using eccentric camera-angles & trip-like zooming-techniques. Great fun - even though you might hesitate to admit it even to yourself.


review © by Mike Haberfelner


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