Jess Franco

Jesus Manera

Highest Rated: 57% Vampyros Lesbos (1970)

Lowest Rated: 10% The Family Tree (2010)

Birthday: May 12, 1930

Birthplace: Madrid, Spain

The maker of many low-budget films, director Jess Franco made his mark on cinema in various explotation genres and erotic horror films. He first came to international attention with his 1961 chiller "The Awful Dr. Orloff," and in America, he had some commercial success with the horror film "The Diabolical Dr. Z" in 1965, and a women's prison movie, "Ninety-Nine Women," in 1968. Franco worked with Christopher Lee on two films, "The Bloody Judge" and "Count Dracula," and Lee himself has said that Franco is "not an untalented man," but the director has been mired in such low-rent fare all his life that he professes to openly despise most of his films. Still, there is a cult around him that avidly collects his work, and he is able to pull off an unexpected gem like the sultry horror film "Venus in Furs" from 1969, starring Klaus Kinski. Making his career even more difficult to track, Franco, a jazz enthusiast, often works under different names, sometimes taking on the monikers of jazz greats like Clifford Brown.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
10% 24% The Family Tree Executive Producer $3.7K 2010
No Score Yet 17% Incubus Director,
Screenwriter,
Music
- 2002
No Score Yet No Score Yet Vampire Blues Director - 2001
No Score Yet 34% Vampire Junction Director - 2001
No Score Yet No Score Yet Blind Target Director - 2000
No Score Yet No Score Yet Red Silk Unknown (Character),
Director
- 1999
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mari-Cookie and the Killer Tarantula Director - 1998
No Score Yet 27% Killer Barbys Director,
Screenwriter
- 1996
No Score Yet No Score Yet Esmeralda Bay Director,
Screenwriter
- 1989
No Score Yet 22% Revenge in the House of Usher Director,
Screenwriter,
Producer,
Original Music,
Cinematographer
- 1988
No Score Yet 5% Oasis of the Zombies Director,
Screenwriter
- 1982
No Score Yet No Score Yet Barbarian Goddess Mr. Martin (Character),
Director,
Writer
- 1981
No Score Yet 28% Bloody Moon Director - 1981
No Score Yet No Score Yet Neurosis Director - 1980
No Score Yet No Score Yet Marrakesh Cult Cinematographer - 1979
No Score Yet 31% Une Fille pour les Cannibales Mr. Martin (Character),
Director,
Screenwriter
- 1979
No Score Yet No Score Yet Women In Cellblock 9 Director,
Screenwriter
- 1978
No Score Yet 9% Cathy's Curse Cinematographer - 1977
No Score Yet 31% Call of the Blonde Goddess Director - 1977
No Score Yet No Score Yet Demoniac Mathis Vogel (Character),
Director,
Screenwriter
- 1977
No Score Yet No Score Yet Ilsa, the Wicked Warden Director,
Screenwriter
- 1977
No Score Yet 36% Jack the Ripper Director,
Screenwriter
- 1976
No Score Yet 33% Women Behind Bars Director,
Cinematographer,
Film Editor
- 1975
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Mark of Zorro Director - 1975
No Score Yet 30% Barbed Wire Dolls Maria's Father (Character),
Director,
Writer (Screenplay),
Cinematographer
- 1975
No Score Yet No Score Yet Kiss Me Killer Director,
Screenwriter
- 1974
No Score Yet No Score Yet Countess Perverse Director,
Screenwriter
- 1974
No Score Yet 53% Lorna, the Exorcist Doctor (Character),
Director,
Screenwriter
- 1974
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Erotic Rites of Frankenstein Morpho (Character),
Director,
Screenwriter
- 1973
No Score Yet No Score Yet Les Avaleuses Dr. Roberts (Character),
Director
- 1973
No Score Yet 17% The Sex Demons Director,
Writer
- 1972
No Score Yet No Score Yet Fifteen Year Old Captain Director - 1972
No Score Yet No Score Yet Dracula vs. Dr. Frankenstein Director,
Screenwriter
- 1972
No Score Yet 42% The Devil Came From Akasava Director,
Screenwriter
- 1971
No Score Yet 39% A Virgin Among the Living Dead Basilio (Character),
Director,
Screenwriter
- 1971
No Score Yet 50% She Killed in Ecstasy Dr. Donen (Character),
Director,
Screenwriter
- 1971
No Score Yet 20% Among the Living Dead Director - 1971
No Score Yet 62% Cuadecuc, Vampir Himself/Van Helsing's Servant (Character) - 1970
No Score Yet 52% Eugenie Director - 1970
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mrs. Hyde Director - 1970
57% 48% Vampyros Lesbos Unknown (Character),
Director,
Screenwriter,
Original Music
- 1970
No Score Yet 42% Deadly Sanctuary Director - 1970
No Score Yet 20% Nightmares Come at Night Director,
Screenwriter
- 1970
No Score Yet 44% Count Dracula Director - 1970
No Score Yet 56% Venus in Furs Director,
Screenwriter
- 1969
No Score Yet 21% Night of the Blood Monster Director - 1969
No Score Yet No Score Yet Future Women Director - 1969
No Score Yet 26% 99 Women Director - 1969
No Score Yet 31% Sadist Erotica Director - 1969
No Score Yet 10% The Castle of Fu Manchu Inspector Ahmet (uncredited) (Character),
Director
- 1969
No Score Yet 3% The Blood of Fu Manchu Director,
Writer
- 1968
No Score Yet 27% Kiss Me Monster Director,
Screenwriter
- 1968
No Score Yet 52% Succubus Director - 1967
No Score Yet 69% The Diabolical Dr. Z Director,
Screenwriter
- 1966
No Score Yet No Score Yet Dr. Orloff's Monster Director,
Screenwriter
- 1964
No Score Yet No Score Yet Zorro, the Avenger Writer - 1963
No Score Yet 39% The Sadistic Baron Von Klaus Director,
Writer
- 1962
No Score Yet 44% The Awful Dr. Orloff Director,
Screenwriter
- 1962
No Score Yet No Score Yet Labios Rojos Director,
Screenwriter
- 1960
No Score Yet No Score Yet Christopher Crumpet's Playmate Original Music - 1955

TV

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Girl From U.N.C.L.E. Unknown (Guest Star) 1966
No Score Yet No Score Yet Bonanza Unknown (Guest Star) 1960
No Score Yet No Score Yet Marshal Dillon Unknown (Guest Star) 1959
No Score Yet No Score Yet Gunsmoke Judge (Guest Star) 1959
No Score Yet No Score Yet Cheyenne Unknown (Guest Star) 1958
No Score Yet No Score Yet Trackdown Ben Arnold (Guest Star) 1957
No Score Yet No Score Yet Father Knows Best Unknown (Guest Star) 1955
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hopalong Cassidy Unknown (Guest Star) 1953

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