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She Killed In Ecstasy | Trash Cookies

She Killed In Ecstasy

Posted on 16 June 2008 by Jaz

There is no denying that the filmography of Jesus “Jess” Franco is a vast trash bin full of horribly inedible garbage. However, if you are patient and diligent there are delicious cookies to be found there amongst the waste.

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The Spanish born Franco has directed literally hundreds of films over the course of a career that has lasted half of a century. Unless you are an unabashed cinephile or horror geek chances are you have never even heard of any of Franco’s films let alone actually seen any of them. Finding the great stuff in Franco’s vast collection of films can be a bit like beating your head against the wall. Without the proper guidance you can waste hours of your life watching poorly shot, horrifically acted, and abysmally scripted no budget movies that leave you wishing that you could find the assholes who actually chose to commit trash like that to DVD. However, if you go in with a little help you will be subject to some stunning works of cinema.

Fans of Jess Franco rarely agree which of his films are his best. Favorites include such solid titles as 99 Women, Venus in Furs, The Diabolical Doctor Z, Eugenie and host of others. While all of these films are enjoyable in their own right my favorite Franco movie would have to be She Killed In Ecstasy. She Killed may not be as violent or action packed as some of Franco’s other flicks but it never fails to satisfy.

soledadIn essence She Killed In Ecstasy is a revenge flick. It tells the story of a doctor who has been conducting experiments on human embryos. It is his morally questionable research which drives those in charge of a medical board to banish him from medicine (Interestingly poignant in a time of debate regarding stem cell research). The shame and disappointment pushes him to suicide. Broken hearted and devastated his bride seeks revenge on those who drove him out of medicine. She methodically seduces and kills each member of the board to avenge the death of her husband. Clearly there is not a whole hell of a lot of depth to the plot but it is not the story which makes this film such a gem. The bride and main character of the film is portrayed by the enchanting Soledad Miranda. Miranda has an uncanny ability to make even the worst films watchable. She is stunningly beautiful and exudes an unexplainable aura which makes it near impossible to take your eyes off the screen. In addition to a stellar performance by Soledad Miranda, She Killed In Ecstasy is a beautifully shot film. It is occasionally recognized as a visual masterpiece and with just cause. You could pick nearly any frame from the film at random, frame it and put it on your wall as a piece of fine photography. The film also boasts and amazing swinging soundtrack from Sigi Schwab and Manfred Hubler. The music works perfectly in conjunction with the colorful and crisp imagery.

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Granted She Killed In Ecstasy is no Citizen Kane but it is a joy to watch none the less. It is a great flick with excellent cinematography, a wonderful soundtrack, a stunning female lead and gratuitous lesbian sex. How can you go wrong? While Jess Franco struck out at plenty of his cinematic “at bats” it is my firmly held belief that he knocked one out of the park with She Killed In Ecstasy.

 

 

 

 

 

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  1. crystal Says:

    Nice. Like a slutsassin. I like.

  2. Jazbrown Says:

    Yeah, I think Slutassin is the direct translation from Italian but they softened it up a bit.

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