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Naive stripper Paula (Amber Newman) is hired by nightclub owner Mrs
Radeck (Lina Romay) to be the special guest on her island, where
they are having an orgy with some rich guys. And since not only the money
is good but Paula has also fallen in love with Mrs Radeck's young helper
Carlos (Mikel Kronen), life couldn't be better for her ... or so she
At first, the orgy seems pretty routine stuff, with Mrs Radeck, her
chef-husband (Alain Petit), Carlos, the always naked mute-by-choice Furia
(Analia Ivars), and rich guests Baroness Irina (Monique Parent) and her
companion Kallman (Aldo Sambrell) all doing what you pretty much do at an
orgy ... until things turn ugly and Mrs Radeck, Furia and the Baroness
start violently whipping and torturing Paula - while Carlos leaves the
island, rather unimpressed, as if all that had already happened a hundred
times before (which it probably has).
The next day, Paula wakes up, and to her surprise, all injuries from
the whipping are gone (thanks to a lotion Furia ahs applied all over her
body). And Paula learns about a treasure hunt Mrs Radeck has organized
especially for her ...
In her naivity, Paula forgets all that has happened last night andtries
to get to the treasure, only to be suddenly overcome by Furia, put into a
plastic bag and left on her own with a knife somewhere in the middle of
the island ... and the island seems to be full of traps, while each of
Paula's misfortunes is accompanied by a laughing track like in a TV-sitcom
- and amazons Mrs Radeck and the Baroness - both in very revealing outfits
- hunt her down with bow and arrow. It is not until she gets an arrow into
her back that Paula understands the graveness of the situation ... and
then she decides to strike back, and soon enough manages to cut the
Baroness' throat ...
Meanwhile back in his home, Carlos has a change of heart and decides to
go back to the island to save Paula from her depraved hunters - but when
he finally arrives, he can only witness her being shot dead by Kallman,
infuriated over the loss of his baroness. And when Carlos tries to at
least get away with the money, he is gunned down by Furia ...
The Baroness though is prepared as an exquisite dinner by Mrs Radeck's
chef husband ...
During his best days, director Jess Franco was filming like crazy, but
since the early 1990's, with the European indie film scene vanished into
oblivion, it has become quiet about him ... when in 1997/98, he came back
with 3 pictures - Mari-Cookie and the Killer Tarantula/Eight
Legs to Love You, Lust For Frankenstein and Tender Flesh
- thanks to American indie producer One Shot Productions, and more
films woukld follow before long.
Of this trio, Tender Flesh is possibly the best film, which
looks like a timewarp back into the 1970's with Franco re-exploring some
of his favourite themes: the naive, (not-so-)innocent girl exploited by a
decadent, depraved group of people, and the jungle (wo)manhunt, with the
(female) hunters and game alike wearing very little. And wow, this film
really has a timeless, other-worldly quality to it, with great locations,
great music and a great cast (Amber Newman is perfect as the naive but
filthy girl, Aldo Sambrell as the insecure closet homosexual, Alain Petit
as the perverted chef and Monique Parent as the depraved society lady -
only Lina Romay is getting on a bit to still do nudity).
Now don't get me wrong, of course this is a big piece of sleaze, but a
very enjoyable piece of sleaze, too.