Great Fun ! Obscure, trashy and sleazy German gothic
horror directed under alias of Percy G. Parker by Adrian Hoven, mostly
known for the witchhunt nasties 1969 "Mark of the Devil" and
the 1972 "Mark of the Devil 2".
This film though is not nasty but trashy fun that doesn't take itself
too seriously and with the very charismatic Janine
(known from her Jesús Franco movies) being luscious. Reynaud,
the french actress who made a couple of Jess Franco movies,
the best one being the 1968 "Necronomicon" and she acted in
the great giallo "The Case of the Scorpion's tail" in 1971.
Jess Franco wrote the story to this film .... and Psychotronic Trash
would be the best word to describe it.
The film starts in a nightclub with swinging 60's vibes
but turns into a gothic castle horror with a crazy surgeon doctor (yes,
Howard Vernon, the eternal Dr. Orloff) operating on some unlucky woman.
The operation scenes ripped from some open heart
surgery goes on forever and it should've been the opposite, with the
topless scenes going on for a long time and the operation
only for a brief moment. This film had surprisingly many topless scenes
for being made as early as 1968.
Baron Brack (Michael Lemoine, and real life husband
of Janine Reynaud) invites some friends to his newly bought Hunting
and before they arrive, he rapes Elena Lagrange (Elvira Berndorff) the
girlfriend of his friend Roger. He has bought the house from
the Earl of Saxon (Howard Vernon) who lives in a castle nearby. The
Earl crazed by grief after his daughter being raped and killed
in the forest. Elena suddenly rides away and, faints, and is carried
into the Castle.
Vera Lagrange (Reynaud) is the sister of Elena and they search for her
to finally turn up at the castle where they are invited by the
Graf Saxon to eat dinner and to stay for the night. He tells them a
strange story about his ancestor whose daughter was raped and
killed during the 30 year war in the 17th century. Now he's intent to
re-animate his dead daughter Katherina (Claudia Butenuth in
a double role as Stephan Brack's girlfriend and the Graf's daughter).
The film is presented in a not stated widescreen ratio
and with english or german audio DTS-HD MA mono with english subtitles,
region all. Extras: Archival
interview with Joyce Hoven and Percy Hoven- Ein gespräch mit familie
Hoven (20 minutes in german
with english subs), Mark of the Devil: Q&A with the Hoven Family
(31 minutes in german with english subs), Location featurette
(13 minutes), Trailer to "Castle of the Creeping Flesh", Trailer
to "Im schloss der blutigen begierde", Trailer to "Appointment
Lust", Credits to "Appointment with Lust", Credits to
etc etc, alternate VHS end sequence