JESS FRANCO MONTH: Mil sexos tiene la noche (1984)

Under the hypnosis of Fabian (Daniel Katz), Irina (Lina Romay) has been performing a nightclub telepathy routine where she walks around the audience and he can see through her eyes. But every morning, he wakes up from horrifying nightmares that she’s killed people because, you guessed it, she has.

Using most of the cast and locations of The Sexual Story Of O, the theme from Female Vampire and the story of Voodoo Passion, Franco uses this psychic conceit to do what he really wants to do and that’s put his obsession into as many sexual moments as possible.

Whether you know it as Night of 1,000 Sexes or Night Has a Thousand Desires, this definitely is on the good side of the Franco equation, with gorgeous scenery, women and ideas, all working together to create the otherworld dream vibe that I love so much from the director. The soundtrack is full of moaning, Lina walks toward camera like a ghost of desire and the evil Lorna (Carmen Carrión, Black Candles) is a formidable menace for our heroine to come up against.

There’s a moment in this where Fabian would rather read The Necronomicon than conjure up some horizontal magic with Irina and look, I’m super into magic and ritual but I would pass up an audience with Crowley for the opportunity to touch the hem of Lina Romay’s garment but she’s often nude.

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