Nightmares Come at Night: The Jess Franco Collection

Nightmares Come at Night: The Jess Franco Collection

A filmmaker as notorious as his output, Jess (Jesús) Franco made at least 173, and maybe more than 180, films and was a workaholic pumping out as many sexploitation, horror and sexploitation-horror films as he was able and allowed to. Most often working with little to no money, Franco is famous for recycling actors and footage in his productions, to the extent where cast members would be surprised to see themselves and their name crop up in another one or two films atop the one they were actually hired for, and his fans would recognise footage in his latest feature from one of his previous ones!
 
This was not done out of laziness or for financial gain though. Franco had a true love for movies and stories and said that he was no “false intellectual”, but rather just wanted people to see his films and enjoy them. Not that he enjoyed them himself! Franco is quoted as saying: “I don't think I've done anything important or magnificent. I'm a worker and the thing I prefer in my life is cinema. When I'm working in cinema, I'm happy. And that's all, you know?”
 
11 out of 180 isn’t bad and our Jess Franco collection aims to give an all-encompassing view of his output, touching on many of his favourite subjects: lesbianism, vampires, zombies, and sadomasochism and the works of the Marquis de Sade, in films like Vampyros Lesbos, Female Vampire, Oasis of the Living Dead, The Sadistic Baron von Klaus and Eugenie De Sade.
 
We have even included Zombie Lake, which Franco was going to write and direct until he dropped out following an argument with the film’s producers over the paltry budget and the film was promptly turned over to our old friend Jean Rollin (check out our Fantastique Collections of his work if you haven’t already). The Rollin-Franco connection doesn’t stop there, as Jean was also later hired to film new footage that was added to a re-release of A Virgin Among the Living Dead!
 
So kick back and prepare to binge a collection of films that push the boundaries of taste and decency in all the best and most fun ways and will leave you easily able to spot any of his 169 other films a mile away.

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Nightmares Come at Night: The Jess Franco Collection
  • Oasis of the Zombies

    1982 • France • Directed by Jess Franco

    Once established as a master of the Euro-erotic horror film, Jess Franco continued to explore more traditional modes of filmmaking, setting familiar genres on their ears with his singular brand of reckless creativity. Made during the living dead craze of t...

  • The Sadistic Baron von Klaus

    1962 • Spain • Directed by Jess Franco

    In this follow-up to his ground-breaking horror film The Awful Dr. Orlof, Jess Franco (Female Vampire, A Virgin Among the Living Dead) continued to lay the foundation of a career defined by fetishistic imagery and transgressive violence. A series of grisly ...

  • The Awful Dr. Orlof

    1962 • Spain • Directed by Jess Franco

    Generally considered the first horror film produced in Spain, THE AWFUL DR. ORLOF (L'horrible Docteur Orlof ) launched the career of cult cinema's most colorful figure: Jesus "Jess" Franco. Cloaking the story in the visual style of the British gothic film, ...

  • Dr. Orloff's Monster

    1964 • Spain • Directed by Jess Franco

    A mad scientist creates a hideous monster to carry out his murderous plans.

  • Eugenie de Sade

    1975 • France • Directed by Jess Franco

    Eugenie, a beautiful but shy young girl, has been living with her stepfather, Albert since her mother died when she was a baby. He is a famous writer specializing in stories of erotica. One day she happens to read one of his "erotic" books and its power so...

  • A Virgin Among the Living Dead

    1973 • France • Directed by Jess Franco

    Following the death of her father, a young girl visits her estranged family at their sinister castle in the countryside, and comes to realize her eccentric and morbid relatives are not quite alive.

  • Nightmares Come At Night

    1973 • Liechtenstein • Directed by Jess Franco

    For years considered a lost Franco film (after having played at a single theatre in Belgium), NIGHTMARES COME AT NIGHT (Les cauchemars naissent la nuit) was rediscovered in 2004 and has been recognized as a key film in the evolution of Franco's cine...

  • Female Vampire

    1973 • France • Directed by Jesús Franco

    Channeling his deepest libidinal desires and darkest fears into films, with no apparent concern for narrative convention or the boundaries of mainstream taste, Jess Franco is a cinematic iconoclast. And Franco was never better than when working with his w...

  • Exorcism

    1979 • France • Directed by Jess Franco

    An ex-priest escapes from an asylum and kills people in God's name. This is a re-edited Spanish-language version of L'éventreur de Notre-Dame (1975) and XXX version Sexorcismes (1975) with newly shot scenes.

  • Vampyros Lesbos

    1971 • Germany • Directed by Jess Franco

    Stunning Soledad Miranda stars as a vixen vampire who lures women to a Mediterranean island to satisfy her insatiable lust for female flesh and blood. It's a mind-bending odyssey of surreal erotica and '70s EuroHorror, featuring the psycho-sexadelic sound...