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Carla (Fata Morgana) is visiting the mansion of Onoria Balasz, a
legendary actress from the 1930's and 40's, with the intention to buy some
of her presumably lost material from her heirs. At first though, the place
seems totally deserted, though only minutes later, the place seems to be
inhabited by quite an array of eccentric people, including the monk
Nostradamus (Antonio Mayans), Alpha (Christie Levin), the mad girl he
looks after, Andros, Onoria's son ... and then there's a young woman who
parades around primarily in the nude, who has a snake tattooed onto her
body (hence the title Sankewoman), and who claims to be the late Onoria.
The thing about her is, she can appear and disappear at till, not
everybody can see her (like Nostradamus can't), she has forced mad Alpha
into submission ... ah yeah, and she is a vampire.
Soon enough, Carla has caught the eye of Onoria, and Onoria begins to
seduce her - but in exchange Carla persuades her to send the lost
material she is after to her newspaper ...
Days later, Carla awakens in Dr Van Helsing's (Lina Romay) asylum. It
seems she ahs been found without any cloths and in a state of utter
Slowly, Doc Van Helsing nurses her back to health,a nd it seems Carla
is getting better (and more reasonable) by the day ... however, what the
good doctor does not know is that Onoria visits her every night for a bit
Finally, Doc Van Helsing declares her as healed, when Tony (Ezequiel
Cohen), the publisher of Carla's newspaper calls to tell her that a box
full of lost films with Onoria has arrived at the newspaper's doorstep,
and he invites Carla as well as the doctor to come over and watch the
However, the film turns out to be a rather run-of-the-mill (if
scandalous for its time) piece of erotica, so both Tony and the doctor
soon lose interest. Only Carla, who recognizes the woman in the film to be
her Onoria, is mesmerized by the stuff, until she sees Onoria bite
off a penis duiring a blowjob - which Carla interprets as proof of
Onoria's lesbian love.
So, with her assignment finished and released from the asylum, Carla
returns to Onoria's mansion, to be with her lover forever.
Strongly quoting both Bram Stoker's Dracula and his own
masterpiece Vampyros Lesbos,
director Jess Franco turned this blend of horror and softcore erotica into
a surreal lesbian love story, and the outcome is a movie that just does not
resemble your typical direct-to-video fare, no matter of what genre, but
is rather a very personal film. That said however, Snakewoman is far from
being among Jess Franco's best films, the budget was just too low to do
anything decent on a technical level, the sex scenes are incredibly padded
out, and somehow Jess Franco hasn't yet really gotten hold of
video-filmmaking to make his films look like more than accomplished home
videos. On the plus side though, the film is not an insult to every
thinking being like so many other direct-to-video flicks, and the girls in
the film are all very pretty and very naked.