Hot Picks

- Ready for My Close Up 2019

- Talk of the Dead 2016

- I Hear the Trees Whispering 2022

- Nocturna: Side A - The Great Old Man's Night 2021

- The Wrong Sarah 2021

- Last Radio Call 2021

- Shock 1977

- Keeley 2022

- Harvey 2021

- Bleep: A Serial Killer's Dog 2022

- The Surprise Visit 2021

- Hamlet for the Fireys 2020

- The Great and Terrible Day of the Lord 2020

- Princess Cursed in Time 2020

- Paper Spiders 2020

- Old Strangers 2022

- The Lost Treasure 2021

- An Exquisite Meal 2020

- Cybersatan Apocalypse Nightmares 2021

- Slaxx 2020

- Watch the Sunset 2017

- Rust Belt Driller 2021

- Making Sweet Tea 2019

- Hacker: Trust No One 2021

- Achoura 2018

- Rise of the Scarecrows: Hell on Earth 2021

- Maniac Cop 3: Badge of Silence 1992

- The Jinkx and DeLa Holiday Special 2020

- Bloody Hell 2020

- Death Breed 2021

- Repossession 2019

- Trick or Treat, Alistair Gray 2022

- The Farmer and the Belle: Saving Santaland 2020

- I am Syd Stone 2020

- Monsters in the Closet 2022

- Maniac Cop 2 1990

- Beguiled Company 2021

- Beyto 2020

- Death to Metal 2019

- Home Invasion 2021

- HipBeat 2020

- Forgotten Trash 2019

- Alta Vista 2020

- The Archivist 2021

- Phantom of the Mall: Eric's Revenge 1989

- The Scrapper 2021

- The Handler 2021

- The Darkness of the Road 2021

- First Impressions Can Kill 2017

- 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


Edgar Wallace made in Germany

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

Three Supermen


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