Tommy Chase, Sol Clink, Casey Yip, Kevin Collins (executive) for one shot Productions
directed by Jess Franco (as Clifford Brown jr)
starring Lina Romay (as Lulu Laverne), Christie Levin, Paul Lapidus, Anna Stern, Ron Franciscus, Carlos Braun, Ezequiel Cohen, Guillermo Agranati, Laura Levin, Domiziano Arcangeli
written by Jess Franco (as David J.Khunne), music by Jess Franco, song La Nudista by Daniele Lupi
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Gina (Lina Romay) and Tina (Christie Levin), your typical
stripper-callgirl-private eyes - a job combination extremely rare in real
life but fairly common in Jess Franco movies -, form the duo Red Silk
tht is always after the big buck, even if that means smuggling valuable
paintings for one of their clients (Carlos Braun), then selling him off to
the police - thing is, the whole affair soon turns out to be more than it
had seemed as they get into a kidnapping/blackmailing/murder case, and the
police is suddenly on their tail, especially one rogue cop who tries to
blackmail them ("but he's so handsome"). However, somehow the
girls manage to play both sides against each other, make sure that Kalman
(Paul Lapidus), the main baddie of the picture, gets his just desserts,
free his hostage, make off with the money and ... drive their car over the
next cliff - but then again, maybe the ending was a lie, and come to think
of it, maybe the whole movie was a lie.
In a way, Red Silk is typical Jess Franco-fare, reminiscent of
his Red Lips-films
of the late 1960's: A very cheesy crime plot told entirely tongue-in-cheek
and revolving around two gorgeous women who get naked occasionally - in Red
Silk it's a lot actually, though Lina Romay is by far not as gorgeous
anymore as she used to be.
Unfortunately the formula doesn't work as well anymore as it used to,
mainly because Red Silk was shot on a shoestring, too little money
for even this kind of movie, and too little effort was put into things as
diverse as proper sound, comic pacing or even camera set-up and editing.
The result is an unfortunately failed attempt to make a really funny and
sexy genre parody. Still, one has to give Jess Franco credit for trying,
and for still going his way undeterred.