El Caso de las Dos Bellezas / Rote Lippen - Sadisterotica / Der Wolf - Horror Pervers / Two Undercover Angels / The Case of the Two Beauties
West Germany/Spain 1968
Adrian Hoven, José López Moreno, Pier A.Caminnecci (associate) for Aquila, Films Montana
directed by Jess Franco
starring Janine Reynaud, Rosanna Yanni, Adrian Hoven, Chris Howland, Alexander Engel, Marcelo Arroita-Jáuregui, Manolo Otero, Dorit Dom, Ana Cesares, Michel Lemoine, María Antonia Redondo, Vicente Roca, Jess Franco, Elsa Zabala, Marta Reves, Ana Puértolas
written by Jess Franco, Luis Revenga, music by Jerry van Rooyen, art direction by Graf Pilati, Carlos Viudes
Red Lips, Franco's Aquila trilogy
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After his ex-girlfriend Lida (María Antonia Redondo) has disappeared -
actually she was killed by mad artist Klaus Tiller (Adrian Hoven) &
his disfigured servant Morpho (Michel Lemoine) -, mysterious Mr Radek
hires the girls from Red Lips - Diana (Janine Reynaud) & Regina
(Rosanna Yanni) - to find any trace of her ... & soon enough the girls
are successful, discovering & stealing a painting by Tiller from
effeminate arts collector Napoleon Bolivard (Jess Franco) that clearly
shows Lida in some sort of distress & was painted after her
Next Regina dresses up as a rich countess & manages to buy one of
Tiller's sculptures from a gallery - even though the sale gets the gallery
director (Vincente Roca) killed. Then Diana tries her luck to find Tiller
in person, & at a night club, she really not only finds him, but is
even picked up by him & brought back to his studio ... where Morpho
actually tries to kill Diana, & the situation is only resolved when
Regina throws a gas bomb into the mix before things get serious ...
But now the girls find themselves in the center of attention - Interpol
agent McClune (Chris Howland) is after them, local police inspector Tanner
(Marcelo Arroita-Jáuregui), Italian playboy Vittorio Freda (Manolo
Otero), and of course, Tiller's killers.
So the girls decide to make an escape to Istambul, but to no avail, it
seems everyone has followed, Vittorio Freda - who soon starts an affair
with Regina -, McClune & Tanner all seem to be here, & then Freda
turns out to be an agent for Tiller.
Eventually though, the girls discover that the sculpture Regina has
bought is actually Lida covered in plaster, & rather unexpectedly,
they find out they have solved the case. So Diana pays a visit to Radek to
bring him his ex-lover ... only to find out that Radek is actually Tiller,
who only made up the whole thing to lure Diana into a trap & make her
the subject of his ultimate masterpiece (for which she has to die of
course). But fortunately, Regina has found out a few things on her own
& in the end can interfere & shoot Tiller & Mropho before they
can harm Diana ... & the girls have saved the day !
At the same time stylish & campy crime comedy, that pays hommage to
pulp mainstays of its era in spades: there are the beautiful girl
detectives, who are occasionally masked &/or in very revealing
outfits, there's the mad sculptor, his hunchback assistant, the ubiquitous
Interpol detective, a convoluted whodunnit-mystery, racy convertibles, ...
As a whole, Sadisterotica does certainly not rank among Jess Franco's
best, but it's still lots of fun.