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The Demons - You might wish to be burned at the stake after this!
on 26 April 2015
A witch who is being burned at the stake curses the people responsible to a violent death.
Jess Franco returns with a seriously disappointing "horror" picture in the mould of Mark Of The Devil, The Devils & Franco's own Bloody Judge though nowhere near as good as any of them. The film starts well enough with the story taking centre stage, however this is Franco and the very sleazy sex enters and the plot exits. Acting is actually not bad, Anne Libert makes for a stunning lead and delivers a very decent performance as do most of the cast, dubbing however is terrible and makes the film off putting at times. The scenery is beautiful and even the sets & props look good but that's where the positives end, as said the plot isn't bad but is just completely thrown away in favour of some very sleazy and unsexy, sex scenes including naked nuns, extreme close-ups of naked women, lesbian nuns etc.. Although that is standard filmmaking from Franco, losing interest in the films central idea halfway through in favour of his real passion (naked women) it just gets frankly tedious, I don't mind some stuff like this in films but seeing the same thing over & over again in soft focus and close-up is well, boring, as is the lack of pacing which grinds on at a snails pace. By the time the climax is taking place you are so worn down by the lack of pace & story you have almost completely lost interest.
I am by no means a Franco fan but I've seen all of his video nasty/section 3 films of which this is one, and although he clearly is a competent filmmaker his lack of attention to his plots really lets him down. His devotees may like his way and find something in his movies the general audience will be put off by his meandering ways and this may even explain why he didn't get his chance in the mainstream industry.