JESS FRANCO MONTH: Jungle of Fear (1993)

Has my obsession with Jess Franco gone too far? I’d say yes, seeing as how I just watched a workprint of Jungle of Fear, complete with time code and multiple angles of the same scenes. There’s no dubbing. And who knows where he was going to take Christopher Mitchum, Antonio Mayans, Lina Romay and William Berger in this film?

Yet I have reached that point where I will watch everything that he does because, say it with me, “to see Franco you must see all of Franco.”

There are crystal skulls, gold bugs, an evil Nazi version of Van Helsing, Dr. Quasimodo, Lina being filled with high energy and smiles, an evil woman named Furia who is a dancing dom, Lina hiding behind a JCVD poster, Charlie Chaplin Jr. getting in the shower with Lina, a Franco cameo where he sings opera, an appearance by Fatima Michalczik (who was an editor on the Franco Don Quixote edit of the unfinished Orson Welles movie and oh man, there’s so much to say about that someday soon) and Chaplin walking past a mural of his grandfather and literally mugging the camera.

Instead of all the work that we’re putting into artificial intelligence, can we get someone to dub and edit and make this movie finished? Because it gave me hope in this grim world watching it, despite how ragged it all seems.

You can watch it on YouTube.

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