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The Demons Blu-ray The Demons is a 1973 France / Portugal horror by Jesús Franco (as Clifford Brown).
Starring Anne Libert, Carmen Yazalde and Doris Thomas. BBFC link IMDb UK: The Original Version was passed 18 uncut for strong sex, nudity, violence for:

  • 2017 Nucleus Films (RB) Blu-ray at UK Amazon released on 23rd October 2017

UK Censorship History

Banned by the BBFC for 1972 but the GLC awarded a local X rating for screenings in London. The video was seized by the police during the video nasties moral panic in the early 80s. The Director’s Cut was passed 18 uncut by the BBFC for 2008 DVD. The Original Version was passed 18 uncut for 2017 Blu-ray.

Summary Notes

A group of nun’s become possessed by demons and are then tortured in a dungeon of horrors during the inquisition.

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Awful Dr Orloff Limited Uncut The Demon Doctor is a 1962 Spain/France horror thriller by Jesús Franco.
With Conrado San Martín, Diana Lorys, Howard Vernon. YouTube icon BBFC link IMDbGermany: Uncut for:

  • 2013 ELEA-Media Limited Edition R2 DVD via UK Amazon [English audio] released on 15th April 2013

Censorship History

The film was widely distributed in a cut European Version.

The BBFC further cut the European Version by 37s. The BBFC commented: Cuts required to protracted scenes of sexualised violence against women

The uncut version turned up on German DVD in 2013 and it runs about 10 minutes longer the the European Version.

Summary Notes: Classic

Dr. Orlof, a former prison doctor, abducts beautiful women from nightclubs and tries to use their skin to repair his daughter’s fire-scarred face. He is assisted by Morpho, a deformed monstrosity who delights in biting his victims. However a young police inspector and his ballerina girlfriend are onto his sadistic practices.

In the European version, there’s a few [breast] shots here and there. Hysterically awful at times but so lovable as a relic of a bygone genre. The music is a cacophonus clanging that just adds to the lurid aura of Morpho stalking the women as his master waits nearby. Delicious b&w photography is preserved wonderfully on DVD.

This movie is a CLASSIC of its genre and a must have for collectors.

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Bloody Judge DVD Region NTSCThe Horror Channel has scheduled a season of the best Of Jess Franco to show 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 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).

Demons DVDThe Demons is a 1972 France/Portugal horror by Jess Franco (Redemption Films)

The Director’s Cut was passed uncut by the BBFC when submitted in 2008.

Previously the cinema release of 1972 was banned