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Necronomicon - Geträumte Sünden

Succubus

West Germany 1967
produced by
Adrian Hoven, Pier A.Caminnecci (associate) for Aquila
directed by Jess Franco
starring Janine Reynaud, Jack Taylor, Michel Lemoine, Howard Vernon, Adrian Hoven, Nathalie Nort, Pier A. Caminnecci, Américo Coimbra, Lina De Wolf, Eva Brauner
music by Friedrich Gulda, Jerry Van Rooyen, Janine Reynaud's costumes by Karl Lagerfeld

Franco's Aquila trilogy

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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Lorna (Janine Reynaud) is an S/M-performer at Bill Mulway's (Jack Taylor) fancy Lisbon nightclub, & Bill also happens to be her lover. At one of her performances though, where she pretends to torture & kill a couple tied to crosses, she attracts the attention of a mysterious stranger (Michel Lemoine), who sees in Lorna the incarnation of evil.

That same night, Lorna starts to have weird dreams, in which she is a countess, living in a castle, having a strange relationship with a man she calls the Admiral (Howard Vernon) - whom she soon happens to kill, though.

But her dreamworld seems to infest  itself in the real world, when she & Bill attend a weird funeral, & the decerased turns out to be the Admiral, killed in exactly the same manner as Lorna did in her dream. Plus, at social occasions, more & more people start to adress her as Countess, so her dreams might actually be memories of a forgotten past ...

Bill, meanwhile, losing more & more grip over her, has a fit of jealousy, & after a fight, Lorna runs off ...

Soon, Lorna meets a cute blonde, takes her to the castle & has sex with her, in front of an array of shopwindow mannequins. All of  a sudden, Lorna kills her ...

When Lorna wakes up, she finds out her dream might not have been all that much of a dream this time, as she still finds herself in the castle surrounded by the mannequins - only the dead blond girl has now turned into a mannequin as well. When Lorna rushes back to Bill's appartment, she finds him gone ...

In Berlin, Bill tries to set up a new nightclub show, when one night he finds Lorna in his appartment. Soon the two pick up their relationship where they left off, & Lorna is to become the lead in his S/M-performance once again. What she doesn't know though is that Bill is actually in cahoots with the mysterious stranger, & the 2 of them plan to kill her. But first the mysterious stranger has to put her under his hypnotic spell, so she, at a rehearsal for her next nightclub act, really kills her 2 victims, before Bill's very eyes. He acts shocked, she runs off, gunshots fired by the stranger, intended to kill her ...

When Bill comes home though, he finds Lorna in his bed, naked & unscathed. When they start making love, she stabs him ...

The stranger takes Lorna home to Lisbon, to her castle, where she is supposed to sleep, to forget - until they find their next victim, one wonders ...

 

Jess Franco's better films all tend to have a dreamlike atmosphere, but never has he been quite as successful in delivering the cinematic equivalent of a nightmare as with Necronomicon - the narrative logic (in terms of realism) is abandoned ever so often for series of Freudian (& thus highly erotic) associations, the imagery feels unreal due to the use of soft filters & almost flowing light-effects, carefully arranged sets give an unreal atmosphere. It might not be Franco's most accessible movie in terms of storytelling, but as a twisted cinematic experience - if you are up for that - it is highly rewarding.

 

review © by Mike Haberfelner

 

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