La Comtesse Perverse (1974)

Inconsistency, thy name is Jess Franco; for every classic like Eugenie: The Story of Her Journey into Perversion there is a dog like Paula Paula. For someone who has never seen one of Franco’s good films, she can be forgiven for wondering what all of the fuss is about. However, when Franco’s combination of freak-beat jazz scoring, buxom brunettes, bizarre plotting and euro-sleaziness comes together just right, the results are undeniable, which is certainly the case with La Comtesse Perverse.

The plot is one of many to rip off Richard Connell’s classic short story “The Most Dangerous Game”, wherein a rich, debauched aristocrat, bored of more traditional fare, has taken to hunting humans for sport.

In Franco’s case, a rich Countess and her sleazy husband prefer to first seduce their prey before hunting and ultimately eating them. The actresses are stunning–Lina Romay in particular. The photography is also beautiful, as is the Mediterranean setting. It appears that Franco had more of a budget to work with than normal, and he uses it well. Definitely worth checking out.

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