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Marianne (Maria Rohm) seduces Monsieur Mistival (Paul Muller) in order
to persuade him to let his daughter Eugenie (Marie Liljedahl) spend a
weekend on their island with her and her stepbrother Mirval (Jack Taylor),
who is for some reason madly in love with the girl.
On the island, it doesn't take long for Mirval and Marianne to drug the
girl and take advantage of her state. On the next day though, the two act
as if nothing has happened and even she thinks that the rape was merely a
nightmare. The next evening, Mirval and Marianne drug Eugenie again, only
this time they have invited a group of followers of the Marquis de Sade
led by Dolmance (Christopher Lee) to their home who torture poor Eugenie.
The next day, Eugenie wakes up a nervous wreck, but when she is examining
her bodies for traces of torture she finds none (in fact, the whole
torture scenario was real but the actual torture was just make-believe,
and therefore the pain she suffered was only in her head). Once again,
Marianne and Mirval calm her down and convince her it was just a bad
The third evening, Eugenie stumbles upon the dead body of a maid that
is very real, and she was obviously killed by Mirval, who now awaits her
to rape her right beside the dead body ... but Eugenie grabs a knife and
stabs Mirval to death ...
Unfortunately though that's just the beginning because everything was
jsut a fiendish plot set up by Marianne who wanted to get rid of her
stepbrother on one hand, on the other she wanted to turn Eugenie over to
the Sade-an circle because she thinks Eugenie stole the love of her
brother from her. However, dolmance is not one to be bossed around, and
instead of torturing Eugenie to death, he orders his disciples to do their
stuff on Marianne, and he actively encourages Eugenie to join in the fun -
until she rips out Marianne's heart.
At this point the sadists leave, leaving behind Eugenie with two
murders (she really committed if out of self-defense) on her hand. In the
end, a dexsperate Eugenie runs through the island in the nude in search of
a hiding place.
Even if this is not director's Jess Franco's best fiolm as such, it is
Franco at his best: Much naked flesh, a De Sadean script about innocence
corrupted, very trippy storytelling and plenty of his characteristic
unusual camera set-ups. If you care at all for retro-erotica, you will
probably love that film.
In 1980, Jess Franco remade this film as Eugenie, Historia de una
Perversión, starring a young Katja Bienert.
By the way: In interviews, Christopher Lee often claimed that Harry
Alan Towers tricked him into playing in a softcore porn when hiring him
for that and that all the shots of nudity were filmed after he had already
left the set. This tale though is quite probably not quite correct since
a) the scenes he's in involve quite little nudity and b) he is in at least
one scene together with naked (or rather as good as naked, she wears a
see-through something) Marie Liljedahl. It seems much more likely that
Christopher Lee, when agreeing to do the picture, did not care too much
about what it was about (i.e. didn't read the whole script) and only later
found out the true nature of the film (though his lines clearly point in
that direction), with no trickery involved - but that's just my guess to
destroy another of these anecdotes that are too good to be true.