Tuesday, January 3, 2012
8. THE SINISTER EYES OF DR. ORLOFF (LOS OJOS DEL DR. ORLOFF, 1973)
In THE SINISTER EYES OF DR. ORLOFF, we discover that Orloff's daughter Melissa, whose ruined beauty he strove to restore in the original film, was in fact the namesake of the now-late Lady Melissa Comfort, who rejected Orloff's love to marry Lord Comfort and bore a daughter of her own to carry on her name. This prompts the mad doctor, 20 years later, to pursue a most complicated vengeance against her descendants. He achieves this with the unwitting aid of Lady Comfort's daughter Melissa (Montserrat Prous, playing the first of a few lead roles for Franco), paralyzed since birth, bound to a wheelchair, and haunted by gruesome dreams in which she walks and commits murder. A reprise of Franco's recurring murder-under-hypnosis storyline, this is not one of his best or most original films but it's more interesting than you might expect, and Davey's obsessively replayed song "Open Your Eyes" (attributed to Franco's nom de plume David Khunne) offers one of Franco's most memorable musical motifs. Intervision's subtitles contain some humorous inaccuracies and even vanish for a couple of minutes.
Viewed on Intervision Picture Corp. DVD.
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