The Awful Dr. Orlof

1962 [SPANISH]


IMDb Rating 6.0/10 10 1811 1.8K


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1 hr 26 min
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23.976 fps
1 hr 26 min
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Reviewed by scritchours 7 / 10

good old fashioned horror movie

One of Franco's first movies (when he was still considered a good director), very pleasant to watch. It has all the elements of the traditional horror recipe and is often inventive and surprising ; of course it is not really scary (well, at least not anymore), but the angst mood does still work pretty well, and it is both funny and seriously set (what post-Scream so-called horror movies are not) ; and sometimes even beautiful (the black and white pictures help). Actor Howard Vernon is a good Frankenstein/Jack the Ripper villain, and has something of Peter Cushing or Christopher Lee. If you like old terror tales (from Universal 1930's to Hammer 1970's, that kind), you should give it a try, really.

Reviewed by claudio_carvalho 6 / 10

A Good RIp-off of "Les Yeux Sans Visage" with "Frankenstein"

In 1912, five beautiful easy women are kidnapped and the efficient Inspector Tanner (Conrado San Martín), who is engaged of Wanda Bronsky (Diana Lorys), is assigned to the case. The responsible for the abductions is Dr. Orloff (Howard Vernon), a former prison doctor, and his deformed assistant Morpho Lodner (Ricardo Valle), who was a prisoner sentenced to death and revived by Dr. Orloff, that bring the women to the Hartog Castle to remove the skin of his victims to repair the face of his daughter that was burned in a fire. When Wanda decides to help her beloved fiancé to find the criminal, she becomes the next victim of Dr. Orloff. Now Inspector Tanner's last chance to find Dr. Orloff relies on the lead of the drunkard Jeannot (Faustino Cornejo).

"Gritos en la Noche" (a.k.a. "The Awful Dr. Orloff") is one of the best films of director Jesus Franco that I have seen so far. The story combines the story lines of the successful 1960 "Les Yeux Sans Visage" ("Eyes without a Face") with Frankenstein, Jack the Ripper and Sherlock Holmes and the result is good. The cinematography in black and white is great and the acting is decent. My vote is six.

Title (Brazil): "O Terrível Dr. Orloff" ("The Terrible Dr. Orloff")

Reviewed by ma-cortes 7 / 10

Nice Franco film revolving around a Police Inspector goes after a nutty doctor , Orloff , who kidnaps beautiful women from nightclubs

Moody terror movie about a mad doctor who removes the faces of gorgeous girls and attempts to graft them onto the ruined head of his disfiguring daughter . Early XX Century at a French town called Hertog , the police officer Edgard Tammer (Conrado San Martin) is assigned by his chief (Felix Dafauce) to investigate a case about missing women . Thanks to the help his girlfriend , the Opera ballerina Wanda (Diana Lorys) , discover the real culprit results to be Dr. Orloff (Howard Vernon) , who is assisted by the creepy blind servant Morpho (Ricardo Valle who has a magnificent make-up) , a deformed monstrosity who delights in biting his victims and sadistic practices . Orloff is a veteran Prison doctor who attempts to remake the bruised face of his injured daughter (Diana Lorys in double role) using skin of young girls .

Austerily wonderful terror film that contains thrills , chills , haunting poetic fantasy and deemed to be the first movie of the ¨Spanish Fantaterror¨ . In this enjoyable as well as eerie flick , Franco established his uniquely poetic and visually striking style , tough imitating to classy "Eyes Without A Face" (1960) , the masterpiece directed by George Franju . This splendid Spanish/French co-production is generally characterized by unforgettable images that owed a great deal to early cinema in general and German Expressionism in particular and turns out to be a symbolic attack on the ethics of science . Although the film passed European censors upon its original release in 1962, the disturbing facial surgery scene still caused controversy, existing a double version , both , a light Spanish and another hard French one . It was reported that several audience members fainted during the surgery scene . Nice acting by Howard Vernon as a former prison doctor who tries to use their skin to repair his beloved daughter's fire-scarred face and whose role subsequently to show up in various flicks . As Vernon is brilliant as a demented researcher/scientific/surgeon haunted by past tragedy who takes girls removing their faces and attempts to graft them onto the head on his wounded daughter . Acceptable acting by Conrado San Martin as the hero Inspector who figures out the killings . And a lot of gorgeous girls as Diana Lorys , Maria Silva , Mara Lasso and Perla Cristal . And brief appearance , as usual , by Jesus Franco or Jess Frank as a pianist at a bar .

Fifth film of the prolific writer/producer/director Jesús Franco , considered to be one of the best films in his first period . Well produced but in short budget by the Hispamer/Sergio Newman and the French company run by Marious Lesoeur : Eurocine . Stunningly filmed in black and white by cameraman Godofredo Pacheco , using continuous raining , lights , shades and expressionist darknes . Shot in Madrid of the Austrias , posing as the fictitious French town of Hartog . This classic terror motion picture , a classic in some circles , was well directed by Jesús Franco who never considered the film to be a horror story, but instead felt it was tale of "anguish" . Franco is really influenced by ¨Eyes without a face¨, B-movies about cops or Noir Films , German expressionism from Cabinet Dr Caligari , and the Universal Terror . Initial releases of the film were met with negative reactions from film critics , while the general critical reaction had been poor , however ,today is considered to be a pretty good fim.

The Orloff character starred a saga , using the same shots in more than one film ; some of his actors relate how they they were hired for one film and later saw their name in two or more different one . Orloff was habitually played by Howard Vernon who initiated in ¨Gritos en la Noche (1962) , the best of all them , also titled "The Awful Dr. Orlof" . It's followed by El Secreto del Dr. Orloff (1964) aka "The Mistresses of Dr. Jekyll" - USA . It's gone on by " Orloff y el hombre invisible (1970) aka "Dr. Orloff's Invisible Monster" , ¨Ojos siniestros de Doctor Orloff¨(1973) . Furthermore , El enigma Del Ataúd (1969) aka "Only a Coffin" and El Siniestro doctor Orloff (1984) aka "The Sinister Dr. Orloff . Finally in ¨Faceless¨ or Depredadores de Noche¨(1987) Orloff appears as a secondary role also performed by Howard Vernon

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