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She Killed in Ecstasy (1971)

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Studio: Severin

Theatrical Release: December 10, 1971 (West Germany) 

Blu Ray Release: May 12, 2015

Director: Jess Franco

Not Rated

Review by Travis North

Jess Franco is an acquired taste. He was extremely prolific, which led to varying levels of quality in his output. He  That will leave out the majority of the public, but an Unrated reader should know what they are in for. Since this stars the super hot Soledad Miranda, Franco is firing on most of his available cylinders.

The movie begins with a credits shot over jars of various babies and objects floating in formaldehyde, which makes you think this is a mad scientist movie. It’s not quite that. Soledad’s husband is using human embryos for semi-legitimate experiments. He injects them with hormones for altruistic reasons, but that doesn’t go well with the medical community. They pretty much blackball and disgrace him, which somehow sends him off his rocker and causes him to kill himself. I found that a bit of a stretch, but he does end up killing himself which gets the ball rolling for some rape revenge (not quite in that order though).

Soledad makes it her mission to brutally get back at the scolds, which leads to some slightly bloody knife wounds. Nothing too graphic. This would come off as a bit lame, particularly when it is a strangulation and not stabbing, but thankfully every kill is preceded by Soledad using her tight titties and puss to seduce them. Can’t miss strategy that ropes in both men and women. Just when you think you couldn’t stand any more Franco meandering shots that seem to go on forever (get ready to watch people climb 4 stories of stairs in real time) he throws a little necrophilia your way.

After watching the blu ray, I put in the old Synapse DVD from 2000. Holy crap was there a difference in picture quality. Not to bad mouth Synapse, since at the time the DVD was a huge improvement over any multi-generation dub you’d buy from a bootlegger at a horror convention. I would consider this the same level of upgrade. Not only is the picture much improved, I noticed how much was cut on the old transfer.  Even though the major addition is a bloody shot of a guy’s nude crotch, it is there is all its colorful and crisp glory. The other murders are also extended by a few seconds. Already you should be wanting to buy this.

The trailer is ported over, as well as the addition of a series of interviews. These are a mixed bag. Franco is a must watch, since he is never shy about sharing his opinion on anything. The interview with Paul Muller, a frequent actor for Franco, is worth watching. I’d skip the other two though, since it a Franco author and a Soledad “historian” and I really didn’t give a crap what they had to say. The annoying habit of including clips of the movie I just watched to pad things out solidifies their superfluous nature. If this isn’t enough, there is a CD which includes the soundtrack to this title as well as Vampyros Lesbos and The Devil Came from Akosava. If you are a Franco fan and don’t have this yet, or if you are on the fence wondering if a blu ray upgrade is worth it, this is a no brainer.

Movie Rating: ★★★☆☆

Blu Ray Rating: ★★★★★

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