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Horror Channel Celebrates The Best Of Jess Franco With Eurotica Season In June
By James Whittington, Saturday 14th May 2011

The Bloody JudgeScreen legend Christopher Lee stars in The Bloody Judge (left) and Eugenie: The Story Of Her Journey Into Perversion which are showing as part of the Eurotica Season coming to the Horror Channel in June.

Jesus Franco, now a physically frail Octogenarian living in Spain, is regarded as one of the world's best exploitation auteur directors and the Horror Channel is dedicating the month of June to showing four of the higher-budgeted Franco films made in 1969 and 1970, the period when British producer Harry Alan Towers was at the helm and Christopher Lee, who made five Franco films in all, was nearing the Vampiristic peak of his popularity.

The season is introduced by Stephen Thrower, author of Nightmare USA, founder of Eyeball Magazine and world-renowned authority on Euro-exploitation and horror. He has been associated with Jesus Franco and his films for over twenty-five years. All movies start at 22:55.

The Bloody Judge – Friday 3rd June
Kicking off the season is The Bloody Judge, Franco’s spectacularly deviant version of the witch-hunting Judge George Jeffreys' story. Christopher Lee gives one of his most unforgettable performances as the infamous 17th Century witchfinder whose unholy obsession with a luscious wench (Maria Rohm) fuels a jaw-dropping spree of torture, brutality and flesh-ripping perversion.

Venus In Furs – Friday 10th June
Next up is Venus In Furs a murder shocker starring Klaus Kinski, Franco regular Maria Rohm and Dennis Price. It also boasts cameo appearances by the director himself and Manfred Mann and is considered the best collaboration between Franco and Harry Alan Towers.

99 Women – Friday 17th June
Jess Franco's campy women's prison film 99 Women is a worthwhile watch for genre devotees due to Mercedes McCambridge’s performance as sadistic lesbian warden Thelma Diaz. Screen legend Herbert Lom also stars in this nod to a genre that never really took hold in the UK.

Eugenie: The Story Of Her Journey Into Perversion – Friday 24th June
The season finishes with one of Franco’s most controversial films – Eugenie: The Story Of Her Journey Into Perversion. Based on the writings of the Marquis de Sade, this is a trip into sexual discovery where the innocent Eugenie (Marie Liljedahl) undergoes her extreme initiation at the hands of Dolmance (Christopher Lee).


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