The Erotic Rites of Frankenstein (Franco, 1972): Horse Hospital, Bloomsbury, 7pm
This is screening as part of the Scala Beyond, a six-week season
celebrating all forms of cinema exhibition across the UK, from film
clubs to film festivals, picture palaces to pop-up venues. You can find
more details here at the website.
Here is the Horse Hospital introduction to what sounds a fascinating evening: Bizarre even by the exotic standards of Spanish exploitation maestro
Jess Franco, The Erotic Rites of Frankenstein is a lurid high point in
his monumental filmography. Attempting to summarise the plot will only
scramble your mind, but this rich, wild, cross-genre cocktail features a
tortured, silver Frankenstein’s monster, the mesmeric Count Cagliostro
and his screeching feather-covered birdwoman lover, hordes of undead
sadomasochistic zombies, mind control, torture dungeons, beautiful
women, beefcake men, gorgeous locations, and a storming soundtrack of
free jazz, library music and synth-burble. Bring a spare brain in case
yours burns out after this one. We’re also thrilled to have Stephen Thrower in the house – the author
of Beyond Terror, Eyeball and Nightmare USA will talk to Virginie
Sélavy and Mark Pilkington about Jess Franco’s life and films as a
taster for his new book on the filmmaker, forthcoming from FAB Press.
Here is an extract.