Succubus (1967)

Genres - Horror  |   Sub-Genres - Sex Horror  |   Run Time - 91 min.  |   Countries - Spain, West Germany  |  
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This strange, surrealistic German horror film from cult director Jesus Franco stars Janine Reynaud as Lorna Green, who performs a pseudo-snuff nightclub act involving erotically staged S&M murders. Lorna's mind is controlled by a man who might be Satan (Michel Lemoine), and she slowly loses her tenuous hold on reality, moving increasingly closer to the night when she begins to really kill. Lorna's nightclub act and the final scenes -- involving a wild orgy where Lorna viciously murders a man named Bill Mulligan (Jack Taylor) -- were cut drastically in some of the film's several release versions. Prints run 93, 84, 81, and 78 minutes. Acclaimed director Fritz Lang called Necronomicon "a beautiful piece of cinema," but its edgy sexuality and hallucinatory tone struck most viewers as confusing and off-putting. This eerie, haunting film co-stars Howard Vernon and Nathalie Nord, while producer Pier A. Caminnecci (who co-scripted) and singer-filmmaker Adrian Hoven also appear.

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nightclub, performer, dream, mentor, murder, perversion, reality, sadomasochism, Satan, sexual-fantasy, surrealism, woman, nightmare, passion