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La Vie Amoureuse de l'Homme Invisible

Orloff and the Invisible Man
Orloff y el Hombre Invisible / Dr. Orloff's Invisible Monster / Love Life of the Invisible Man / Orloff et l'Homme Invisible / The Invisible Dead

France/Spain 1971
produced by
Marius Lesoeur for Eurociné, Célia Films, Producciones Miguel Mezquíriz
directed by Pierre Chevalier
starring Howard Vernon, Brigitte Carva, Paco Valladares, Fernando Sancho, Isabel del Río, Evane Hanska, Arlette Balkis, May Chartrette, Christian Forges, Eugène Berthier
written by Pierre Chevalier, Juan Fortuny, music by Camille Sauvage

Dr. Orloff

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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Céclie (Brigitte Carva), the daughter of infamous (and quite frankly pretty mad) Doctor Orloff (Howard Vernon) fears her father is going totally insane, but since he refuses to talk to anybody, she calls in the village Doctor Garondet (Paco Valladares), who as a man of science might be able to better connect to the mad scientist ... and really, Orloff agrees to talk to Garondet and tells him he has created an invisible man - rather accidently - who is currently his private servant ... and when Garondet is served wine and such by the invisible man, it's no surprise that he starts to believe good old Orloff.

Then Orloff tells Garondet the unrelated story of how his daughter Cécile (yes, above-mentioned Cécile) once died and how his forester (Fernando Sancho) and his maid Marie (Isabel Del Río) tried to rob her grave. But when they were at it, Cécile returned to the land of the living, and the forester promptly stabbed her. It was his bad fortune though that he did not manage to kill her, and she dragged herself to her dad and blew the whistle on them both ... and they ended up in Orloff's castle's dungeon ...

Back in the here and now, Orloff locks in Doctor Garondet, then throws his maid (Evane Hanska) to the invisible man to see how the creature would react to the female of the species ... a brutal rape is the answer.

Garondet though manages to get out of his room, only to be locked up in the dungeon of the castle and left to be squashed by a set of moving walls. Only in the last minute is he saved by Cécile, who has even brought some flour to throw on the floor to see if the invisible man is following ... and indeed he is, because after his tête-à-tête with the maid, he has discovered a certain predilection for raping woman ... and he's only just stopped from raping Cécile when Garondet thows flour at him to make him visible, then knocks him out with a poker.

As it turns out, the invisible man has already set fire to the castle, and Garondet and Cécile can only just escape while Orloff promises to stop the creature for good, even if it costs his life ... and really, Orloff burns to death in his castle, while the invisible man has apparently escaped - but before dieing, Orloff still had sense enough to let the dogs out who hound the invisible man down and tear him to pieces ...

 

If you only like solid, decently-budgeted, and well-written horror entertainment ... you will probably hate this one.

But if you, like me, also like films from the trashy, cheap and cheesy end of the genre, not despite but for their inconsistencies, then no doubt you will be entertained by Orloff and the Invisible Man.

The film is typical Euro-trash, an over-clichéd blend of gothic, science fiction and sexploitation based on a script that is best described as incoherent, featuring actors who are best described as wooden (except for Howard Vernon that is, who turns in his usual weird performance) and boasting some special effects that are best described as lame (especially the invisible man, who once visible turns out to be a weird ape-like being). This all, combined with some atmospheric castle sets (probably the film was set in an actual castle both for cutting costs and for giving the film a more autheintic feel), make approx 1 1/2 hours of good entertainment. Certainly, every now and again you can't help but laugh out loud ... but isn't laughing a sign of being entertained ?

 

review © by Mike Haberfelner

 

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