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Jesús Franco

Jesús "Jess" Franco was a Spanish film director, writer, cinematographer and actor. His career took off in 1961 with his cult classic The Awful Dr. Orloff, which received wide distribution in the United States and England. Though he had some American box office success with Necronomicon, his first women-in-prison film Ninety-Nine Women, and his two Christopher Lee films, The Bloody Judge and Count Dracula, he never achieved wide commercial success. Franco moved from Spain to France in 1970 so that he could make more violent and sexual films, and it was at this point that his career began to go downhill commercially, as he turned to low-budget filmmaking with a heavier accent on adult-oriented films. Although he produced a few well-received, low budget horror films in the early 70's, many people in the industry considered him a porn director due to the huge number of X-rated adult films he began churning out. Franco returned to low-budget horror in a brief comeback period from 1980-1983, but after 1983, his career took a second downturn. With the exception of his Faceless and Killer Barbys, his post-1984 films are almost unwatchable due to the incredibly low budgets he was forced to work with. Franco has nevertheless retained a large cult following through the years with his sexually-charged horror films, some of which are regarded as masterpieces by his avid followers.

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May 12, 1930 In Madrid, Spain
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Around the World in Eighty Days 1956-10-17
Latest Project:
Movie Wild Session 2019-12-13
Known For
Poster of Angel of Death 2: The Prison Island Massacre
Poster of Esmeralda Bay
Poster of Vampyros Lesbos
Poster of Venus in Furs
Movie Wild Session Self - Filmmaker (archive footage) 2019-12-13
Movie Drácula Barcelona Himself 2017-10-05
Movie Soledad Miranda, Flower in the Desert Himself (archive footage) 2015-10-01
Movie Call Me Jess Redux Himself 2014-09-26
Movie Clawing! A Journey Through the Spanish Horror Self (archive footage) (uncredited) 2014-06-20
Movie Queridos monstruos Self 2014-10-10
Movie Los profundos sueños de Jennifer Voz 2013-03-18
Movie Al Pereira vs. the Alligator Ladies The Director 2013-03-22
Movie The Rhythm of Jess Himself 2013-04-26
Movie Revenge of the Alligator Ladies Himself 2013-10-12
Movie Le dernier film de Jess Franco Himself 2013-10-11
Movie Crypt of the Condemned Unknown 2012-10-05
Movie Debris Documentar Jess Franco 2012-09-28
Movie Tío Jess Self 2012-11-20
Movie Idoru Unknown 2009-09-27
Movie Take-Away Spirit J.W. Radek 2009-01-01
Movie Por la gracia de Luis Himself 2009-10-17
Movie Martes de Carnaval Unknown 2008-01-05
Movie Ellos robaron la picha de Hitler Padre del Dr. Weissman 2008-06-06
Movie Bloody Jess Self 2007-01-01
Movie Angel of Death 2: The Prison Island Massacre Mad Prisoner 2007-01-15
Movie Beloved Count Self 2007-02-27
Movie Jesús Franco, manera de vivir Himself 2007-05-24
Movie Jesús in Furs Himself 2005-02-22
Movie The Well Unknown 2005-03-11
Movie Ban the Sadist Videos! Himself 2005-09-06
Movie See you later Cowabunga: La maldición del cenachero diabólico! Unknown 2004-03-06
Movie Red Venice Jess Franco 2003-01-01
Movie On the Threshold to Another World Himself 2003-09-29
Movie Death Karate in Torremolinos Miyagi 2003-03-14
Movie Coffins of Light himself 2002-01-01
Movie Antena Criminal: Making a Jess Franco Movie Himself 2002-01-15
Movie Perversion Stories Self 2002-11-05
Movie Call Him Jess Himself 2000-01-20
Movie Dr. Wong's Virtual Hell Dr. James Wong 1999-01-01
Movie Vampire Blues The Merchant 1999-01-01
Series Eurotika! Himself 1999-10-03
Movie El abuelo, la condesa y Escarlata la traviesa Unknown 1992-01-01
Movie Esmeralda Bay Boat Captain 1989-05-18
Movie Esa cosa con plumas Unknown 1988-04-08
Movie Girl with the Red Lips Professor Karame 1986-01-01
Movie Judoka Shadow versus Doctor Wong Dr. Wong 1985-01-01
Movie Camino solitario Doctor Callman 1984-01-23
Movie Night Has a Thousand Desires Psychiatrist (uncredited) 1984-03-05
Movie Bahia Blanca The Miseries (uncredited) 1984-01-01
Movie A Crack for Two Tom 1984-08-01
Movie The Sinister Doctor Orloff Manolo 1984-06-18
Movie Lilian, the Perverted Virgin Bernardo 1984-06-25
Movie Los blues de la calle Pop (Aventuras de Felipe Malboro, volumen 8) Sam Chesterfield 1983-01-01
Movie En busca del dragón dorado Blind Old Man 1983-01-01
Movie Blood on My Shoes Abductor 1983-01-01
Movie Black Boots, Leather Whip Matón en cementerio de coches (voice) (uncredited) 1983-01-24
Movie The Night Of Open Sex Count 1983-02-23
Movie Macumba Sexual Recepcionist 1983-10-20
Movie Bloody Moon Doctor (uncredited) 1981-03-27
Movie Sex is Crazy Film Director 1981-01-01
Movie Sadomania Lucas 1981-03-27
Movie Jailhouse Wardress Uncle Jess 1981-08-05
Movie What a Honeymoon Dying Man (uncredited) 1980-01-01
Movie White Cannibal Queen Mr. Martin 1980-09-15
Movie The Sadist of Notre Dame Mathis Vogel 1979-06-15
Movie Justine and the Whip Strange Guy 1979-09-13
Movie Ilsa, the Mad Butcher Dr. Milton Arcos (as Jess Franco) 1977-01-21
Movie Kiss Me Killer Marcel 1977-03-31
Movie Shining Sex Dr. Seward 1977-06-08
Movie Slaves Radeck's Assistant 1977-04-15
Movie Midnight Party Janos Radeck 1976-01-23
Movie Barbed Wire Dolls Maria's Father (uncredited) 1976-04-22
Movie Ladies House of Pleasure Unknown 1976-06-23
Movie White Skin Black Thighs Graf Anastasio 1976-07-29
Movie Les emmerdeuses Unknown 1976-07-22
Movie The Hot Nights of Linda Dr. Roberts (as Jess Franck) 1975-07-16
Movie Women Behind Bars Bill 1975-01-01
Movie Downtown Al Pereira 1975-08-28
Movie Exorcism Mathis Vogel, aka Laforgue (as Jess Frank) 1975-08-25
Movie Night of the Skull Andy 1974-09-29
Movie Celestine Sleeping Man 1974-10-16
Movie Eugenie de Sade Attila Tanner 1973-04-05
Movie Female Vampire Dr. Roberts 1973-04-07
Movie El misterio del castillo rojo Unknown 1973-01-01
Movie The Sinister Eyes of Dr. Orloff Lord Comfort (uncredited) 1973-01-01
Movie The Erotic Rites of Frankenstein Morpho 1973-05-31
Movie Dolls for Sale Unknown 1973-11-29
Movie A Virgin Among the Living Dead Basilio (as Jesus Manera) 1973-11-15
Movie Sinner: The Secret Diary of a Nymphomaniac Inspecteur Hernandez 1973-06-21
Movie The Corpse Packs His Bags Gonzales 1972-10-01
Movie Robinson and His Tempestuous Slaves Director 1972-10-01
Movie Cuadecuc, Vampir Himself / Van Helsing's Servant (uncredited) 1972-05-05
Movie Daughter of Dracula Cyril Jefferson 1972-12-14
Movie The Vengeance of Dr. Mabuse Crosby / Drunk Man in Nightclub 1972-12-26
Movie The Devil Came from Akasava Tino Celli 1971-03-05
Movie Vampyros Lesbos Memmet 1971-07-15
Movie X312 - Flight to Hell Man at John Somers' 1971-08-20
Movie She Killed in Ecstasy Dr. Donen 1971-12-10
Movie Eugenie Man in Red Ritual Scene (uncredited) 1970-02-20
Movie Count Dracula Van Helsing's servant (uncredited) 1970-04-03
Movie 99 Women Official 1969-03-05
Movie The Girl from Rio Guitar Player 1969-03-14
Movie Venus in Furs Jazz Musician 1969-08-19
Movie The Castle of Fu Manchu Insp. Ahmet 1969-05-29
Movie Two Undercover Angels Napoleon Bolivard 1969-03-28
Movie Succubus Writer 1968-04-19
Movie Lucky, the Inscrutable Ciego / Zoltan / Guitarrista 1967-06-23
Movie Attack of the Robots Pianist (uncredited) 1966-04-27
Movie Residence for Spies Casino Piano Player (uncredited) 1966-01-01
Movie The Diabolical Dr. Z Inspector Tanner 1966-08-01
Movie Death Whistles the Blues Saxofonista en Club de Nueva Orleans (uncredited) 1964-07-04
Movie The Secret of Dr. Orloff Piano Player 1964-01-01
Movie Strange Voyage Venancio Vidal 1964-08-09
Movie The Awful Dr. Orlof Pianist (uncredited) 1962-05-14
Movie Ana dice sí Pianista (uncredited) 1958-10-23
Movie Around the World in Eighty Days Extra (uncredited) 1956-10-17