Venus in Furs is a true classic in Jess Franco canon, but you should not expect an adaptation of Leopold von Sacher-Masoch's novel of the same name. In fact, The Velvet Underground song of the same name has more to do with the novel than Franco's film. However, given Franco's fascination with sexploitation, horror and Marquis de Sade stories, it is not surprising that he would attempt a film with the title Venus in Furs. The film features some brief moments of S&M but never in the way that the novel depicts them. Instead, Franco crafts a supernatural, surrealistic tale of sexual excess and revenge that takes the viewer both to the heights of pleasure as well as to the nadir of meaningless, ambiguity, and despair. Ultimately, Venus in Furs is a film about how we construct our identities based upon our sexuality and our relationships with others. Indeed, if Venus in Furs the film has a statement about masochism, it is that all love is masochistic because it gives the other the privileged place of defining our identities. Venus in Furs is Franco at his best and a film that should not be missed by fans of horror and exploitation cinema.