Hot Picks

- First Impressions Can Kill 2017

- Talk of the Dead 2016

- Lamp Light 2016

- Wicked Witches 2019

- Is That You? 2018

- The Chill Factor 1993

- The Night Sitter 2018

- Clown College 2019

- Finding Purpose 2019

- They're Inside 2019

- Blindsided 2018

- Blood Paradise 2018

- Weird Science 1985

- In Memory of 2018

- Dacryphilia + Hematolagnia 2019

- The Space Between Words 2019

- Silent Panic 2018

- Double Impact 1991

- Captain Black 2017

- I, Portrait 2019

- Miss Freelance 2019

- Scrawl 2015

- I am a Rain Dog 2019

- The Dark Within 2019

- The New York Ripper 1982

- Beloved Beast 2019

- The Mummy Rebirth 2019

- Fried Barry 2017

- I am the White Tiger 2018

- Exorcism of the Dead 2017

- Method of Murder 2017

- Blind 2019

- Italian Turtles 2019

- The Killing Death 2008

- Dolls 2019

- Double Face 1969

- Terror in the Skies 2019

- Hexing 2017

- Five Minute Rush 2017

- Daisy Derkins vs. the Bloodthirsty Beast of Barren Pines 2019

- Kiss Kiss 2019

- The Chair to Everywhere 2019

- The Surreal Project 2019

- The Affliction Table 2018

- Hallowed Ground 2019

- The Big Clock 1948

- Trash Arts Killers: Volume Two 2019

- Rondo 2018

- Being Without 2018

- A Killer Conversation 2014

- Star Crash 1979

- Strangler of the Swamp 1946

Gritos en la Noche

The Awful Dr. Orlof

Spain/France 1962
produced by
Marius Lesoeur, Leo Lax, Serge Newman for Eurociné, Producciones Cinematográficas Hispamer Films
directed by Jess Franco
starring Howard Vernon, Conrado San Martin, Diana Lorys, Ricardo Valle, Perla Crystal
written by Jess Franco, music by José Pagán, Antonio Ramírez Ángel, María Silva, Mara Laso, Venancio Muro, Félix Dafauce, Faustino Cornejo, Manuel Vázquez, Juan Antonio Riquelme, Fernando Montes, Elena María Tejeiro, Javier de Rivera, Ángel Calero, Fernando Sala, Laly Vicent, José Carlos Arévalo, Juan García Tiendra, Jess Franco, Pilar Gómez Ferrer, Mercedes Manero, Amy Márquez, María de la Riva, Mari Carmen Ruiz

Dr. Orloff

review by
Mike Haberfelner

Quick Links

Abbott & Costello

Alice in Wonderland

Arsène Lupin



Black Emanuelle

Bomba the Jungle Boy

Bowery Boys

Bulldog Drummond

Captain America

Charlie Chan


Dick Tracy

Dr. Mabuse

Dr. Orloff

Doctor Who


Elizabeth Bathory



Flash Gordon


Frankie & Annette Beach Party movies

Freddy Krueger

Fu Manchu





El Hombre Lobo

Incredible Hulk

Jack the Ripper

James Bond

Jekyll and Hyde

Jerry Cotton

Jungle Jim


Kekko Kamen

King Kong

Laurel and Hardy

Lemmy Caution


Lone Wolf and Cub

Lupin III


Marx Brothers

Miss Marple

Mr. Moto

Mister Wong


Nick Carter

OSS 117

Phantom of the Opera


Robin Hood

Santa Claus

El Santo

Schoolgirl Report

The Shadow

Sherlock Holmes


Star Trek

Sukeban Deka



Three Mesquiteers

Three Musketeers


Wizard of Oz

Wolf Man

Wonder Woman




Available on DVD !

To buy, click on link(s) below and help keep this site afloat

Always make sure of DVD-compatibility !!!

In only 3 months, 5 women have disappeared, & it is up to Inspector Tanner (Conrado San Martin) to crack the case, even though his only clue are some sightings of a terribly disfigured blind hunchback (Ricardo Valle). Meanwhile the mysterious Doctor Orlof (Howard Vernon) sweettalks a woman of, at best, "doubtful morals". Slightly drunk, she tells him "To get rid of me, you have to kill me." Much to her surprise, that's exactly what Orlof has in mind, his associate Morpho - aforementioned hunchback - waiting just around the corner. Truth is, Orlof needs the woman's skin to transplant it onto his sister's (Diana Lorys)  face, terribly disfigured by an accident - the thing is, all his patients of course die. Meanwhile, with the help of his ballerina girlfriend (Diana Lorys again), Tanner's investigations make slight progress, but it isn't until she roams the streets undercover, dressed up as a prostitute, that they can actually find out Orlof. But of course, Orlof has also found out her, & due to a matter of miscommunication, he abducts her when she is lacking backup. & she is about to die on the operating-table too, would it not be at this point that Morpho starts rebelling against his master, killing him & abducting Lorys himself until finally being shot down a castle wall by the police before worse can happen.


Much of director Jess Franco's output has been ridiculed - mostly unfairly, as I might add - & described as inferior schlock. This, however, is a film that deserves to be considered as a true classic of horror cinema. Spurred by the success that Hammer's Gothics at the time had throughout Europe, Franco & his production company Eurociné decided to produce something similar in Spain - a novelty back then, this being one of the first horror-movies ever produced there. The outcome was this Gothic remake of Les Yeux sans Visage - inofficially of course -, that stylistically owed as little to this movie though as it did to the Hammer Gothics, instead Franco brought in his own style of directing, a cinematic language full of odd angles, unusual camera movements, zooms & extreme close-ups, creating a nightmarish world all of its own, which would fully compensate for the (even back then) overly clichéd, meager script (a script which Franco would nevertheles remake numerous times, the most famous versions being Jack the Ripper & Faceless). To put in simpler words, Gritos en la Noche is a masterpiece in style & atmosphere, the work of a true auteur !


review © by Mike Haberfelner


Feeling lucky ?
Want to
any of my partnershops yourself
for more, better results ?

The links below
will take you
just there !!!

Find The Awful Dr. Orlof
at the amazons ...


Great Britain (a.k.a. the United Kingdom)

Germany (East AND West)

Looking for imports ?
Find The Awful Dr. Orlof here ...

Your shop for all things Thai

Something naughty ?
(Must be over 18 to go there !)

x-rated  find The Awful Dr. Orlof at

Thanks for watching !!!



Robots and rats,
demons and potholes,
cuddly toys and
shopping mall Santas,
love and death and everything in between,
Tales to Chill
Your Bones to

is all of that.


Tales to Chill
Your Bones to
a collection of short stories and mini-plays
ranging from the horrific to the darkly humourous,
from the post-apocalyptic
to the weirdly romantic,
tales that will give you a chill and maybe a chuckle, all thought up by
the twisted mind of
screenwriter and film reviewer
Michael Haberfelner.


Tales to Chill
Your Bones to

the new anthology by
Michael Haberfelner


Out now from




On the same day
a Burglar wants to kill you
and your Ex wants
to make up ...
... and for the life of it,
you can't decide


A Killer Conversation

produced by and starring
Melanie Denholme
directed by
David V.G. Davies
written by
Michael Haberfelner
Ryan Hunter and
Rudy Barrow

out now on DVD