JESS FRANCO MONTH: Un silencio de tumba (1974)

So what if Jess Franco made a giallo? Or a takeoff on Ten Little Indians for that matter? And what if it concerned an actress named Annette Lamark (Glenda Allen, Confessions of a Window Cleaner) who invites her friends to an island that she’s just bought — obviously her movies are doing well — that’s home to the secret child she had with director Jean-Paul (Francisco Acosta, Sinner: The Secret Diary of a Nymphomaniac) who is being raised by her sister — and the movie’s narrator — Valeria (Montserrat Prous, The Fish with the Eyes of Gold).

The kid gets kindnapped and anyone on the island could have done it. Well, anyone, that is, who isn’t murdered.

Based on a book by Enrique Jarnes, who also wrote multiple Spanish TV series, this might be the most restrained I’ve seen Franco, but there’s still something boiling under the surface. Made in the same location as The Sinister Eyes of Dr. Orloff, it may not be as good as that movie. That said, there are some reasons to watch this, if only to imagine that this could have been a soap opera directed by Jess that went on for several years and man, I would have to buy a gigantic box of it like that Dark Shadows set that has Barnabas Collins lying in a coffin on every slipcase.

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