JESS FRANCO MONTH: Botas negras, látigo de cuero (1983)

Black BootsLeather Whip is another adventure of Al Pereira (Antonio Mayans), the detective hero of what I’m just going to start calling the Jess Franco Cinematic Universe.

This time, he’s hired by Lina (yep, Lina Romay, using the name Candy Coster), who wants to keep some damaging photos from her wealthy husband. So she sleeps with our protagonist and one by one, all of the blackmail suspects are eliminated, making him a suspect. But then he has to kill a few people, but hey, it’s Lina in a blonde wig so I guess maybe we can understand, right?

There’s also a scene of a blind doctor getting off by demanding that her slaves are whipped harder, but hey, if that has nothing to do with the plot, perhaps this should not be your first go-round into the late period films — and it gets later and weirder — of Jess Franco.

This would be his film noir movie, I guess, and while I’m used to his other repeated story arcs of madmen who have to keep their daughters alive or female armies or, well, just Lina Romay lying on a table in a hotel meeting room while the camera zooms all around, this has a pretty decent scuzzy story to hang its prurient content on.

You can get this from Severin.

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