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Succubus [DVD] [1969] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

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  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000G1QU8O
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 100,010 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Lorna (Janine Raynaud) puts on erotic S & M performances at nightclubs & then starts believing she is performing such acts in strange dreams - or is she acting them out in real life? Is she being manipulated by a mysterious conspiracy?

After the early Goth horror "Orloff" film, this is really where Jess Franco's career starts to get (briefly) interesting. "Succubus" begins like a rather tawdry old fashioned sexploitation movie, but quickly goes completely off the rails into 60s delirium. It has an intensity similar to "Eugenie: Journey Into Perversion". Lots of wild psychedelic fantasy scenes (lots of coloured filters!), freaky jazzy music, avant garde touches & funny sub-Godard "intellectual" dialogue. There's a great 60s party scene where the assorted eccentrics take their LSD sugar cubes and merrily regress into childhood abandon. The best scene is where Lorna makes love to & then murders another woman in a room full of mannequins - the bodies of the women & mannequins interchange in an extended sequence of frenzied editing. It's fairly obvious that Franco only made half a dozen or so movies worth watching - "Succubus" is certainly one of them. A decent DVD presentation too.
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It's a shame I didn't do some research on this before:
original feature length: 91 mts (ca 88 mts pal)
original aspect ratio: 1.66 : 1
original language: german? spanish?

This edition is presented in 1.33:1 and even states this was the original aspect ratio, while watching the film you can clearly see there's something missing.

This edition runs 76 minutes and is heavily cut. Being a very weird, arty, and (I guess) gory experiment, there's really no point in watching the movie in such a way as it is presented by Starz Home Entertainment.

The dubbing is english and not very good, but as far as I could find out, there's no other language-edition available (there seems to exist a spanish-version-DVD out of print).

So what's there to do?
There's a Blue Underground edition available (reg 1), which runs 91 mts and is presented in 1.66 : 1.
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By bh on 9 May 2013
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Ok movie not the best, but cheap to buy, delivery quick and content is of good quality. Good story, however it is dated.
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I'm no Jess Franco connoisseur but this film is atrocious, the script, the 1:33:1 presentation, the acting, it literally has no redeeming features whatsoever, there isn't even any quality nudity.
It's a mish-mash of ideas, each one worse than the last, that typical 60's druggie film that doesn't really make any sense and even though it's only 76 minutes long, if you make it through to the finale, you're a better man than me Gunga Din.
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HASH(0x9a8c093c) out of 5 stars Incoherent but Inviting 13 April 2004
By John Ashley Nail - Published on Amazon.com
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"Succubus" invites repeat viewings, if only because your first thought upon reaching the final scene will be: What the hell? But that just makes it a perfect '60s Eurotrash time capsule. The beautiful Janine Reynaud (in the book "Sleazoid Express," she's aptly described as a "Gallic Dyanne Thorne") stars as a nightclub performer who has a successful S&M stage show and a hot romance with her manager. She also has dreams that take her to a castle where she wears fabulous Karl Lagerfeld gowns and indulges in pretentious verbal sparring matches that lead to nudity and suggested sex, then murder. But maybe they're not dreams at all. Maybe she does know that mysterious stranger that keeps popping up periodically throught the film. And maybe she is indeed possessed by the devil. And maybe someone wants to kill her. Or, possibly, she's just attended one LSD orgy (complete with a drag queen, a dwarf and a dog puppet) too many. Nevermind. Once you accept the fact that the movie has no plans on becoming coherent, "Succubus" is a lot of fun to watch, the celluloid equivalent of hallucinogenic drugs. Director Jess Franco keeps us entertained by heaping on plenty of atmosphere and artsy camera work while star Reynaud helps out with her screen presence. Though the movie was rated X when first released, it would barely get an R today with its nudity, mostly of the T&A variety, and sex scenes that show the seduction or afterglow but bypass the act itself. The only true sex scene is filmed through a fish tank. Groovy.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9bc838e8) out of 5 stars a psychedelic time capsule into another world (man) 17 Mar. 1999
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Succubus (aka Necronomicon) is actually one of Jess Franco's better films, which means it's still pretty problematic. On the negative side, it's indifferently paced, unevenly photographed, and laughably pretentious. On the postitive side, it's imaginative, short, surreal, often beautifully photograped, and laughably pretentious. Hey, Fritz Lang loved it, so it can't be all bad. Plot, what there is of one, concerns a stripper whose act ends with her "killing" her fellow, tied down, performers. Increasingly she begins to lose grip on reality, and to its credit, so does the film. You're never quite sure if what you see is part of the plot or one of her elaborate fantasies. This is nicely done, although it often leads to absurd interior monologues and sub-Godard "arty" dialogue, often with gratuitous name dropping (Stockhausen, Kafka, Camus, DeSade, you get the picture). It's not often clear if Franco is lampooning this sort of self-consciously highbrow talk, or actively indulging in it, although I'm inclined towards the former. Somewhat predictably for the period, the film features drugs, a drag queen, people barking like dogs, and a dwarf. Oh, she might be an agent of Satan, but that's not quite clear. Like a great many Euro Trash titles, Succubus improves upon repeat viewings, so give this one time. There's a great scene involving mannequins which may, or may not, be attacking a woman. That alone is worth the price of admission. This (along with Diabolical Dr. Z, Kiss Me, Monster, and Awful Dr. Orloff) definitely shows that Franco had a great deal of potential in the Sixties, most of which seemed to evaporate in the Seventies. Still, his "resources be damned, it's my God given right to make movies" attitude has to be admired. I'm glad he exists, but I'd still rather watch Baba Yaga any day.
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9a7c3dbc) out of 5 stars Jess Franco at his best (which isn't saying much) 10 Sept. 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Jess Franco, Spanish cinema's enfant terrible, has made some laughably bad films over the years, but Succubus (Necronomicon) is probably better than most. It's a delirious romp through an exotic night club performer's dementia. Although there's no actual sex in the film, it is fairly kinky and features an acid-fueled "love in", with a midget and a cross dresser. The film is by turns mesmerizing and ridiculous. It's a good party movie.
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
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The DVD is not faded out as suggested. Dream sequences were filmed using a filter in order to create a soft lighting effect.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9ae96084) out of 5 stars One of Jess Franco's best 28 Jun. 2007
By V. D'Amato - Published on Amazon.com
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Loved this Franco flick. LOVED it. After watching the original Anchor Bay version a few years back, and didn't think much of it - this new Blue Underground transfer is a whole new experience of cheesy 60's psychedalia from the master of Spanish sleaze, and more than worth the double-dip for Franco fans.
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