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  Tender Flesh
Year: 1997
Director: Jess Franco
Stars: Analia Ivers, Lina Romay, Monique Parent
Genre: Horror, Sex, TrashBuy from Amazon
Rating:  7 (from 1 vote)
Review: Franco's twisted take on "The Most Dangerous Game" throws an aspiring actress (Amber Newman) into a group of wealthy Europeans who exist on a staple diet of sex and cannibalism. Her new employees - a French chef (Alain Petit), his wife (Lina Romay), bisexual Baroness (Monique Parent) and her husband (Aldo Sambrell) - are soon heading for a tropical island villa, where Newman is forced to take part in a treasure hunt that could well end with her death.

As a throwback to those halcyon days of the 70s/80s, "Tender Flesh" is good enough to be filed in Franco's top drawer and shows his ability to create erotically-charged, sexually perverse movies remains undiminished by time.

Backed by familiar faces such as Petit and Romay, Franco ups the ante by introducing two incendiary American actresses to his fold and successfully converts them into European currency. This triumphant bonding of the old and the new makes for one terrific cast, and the re-emergence of Analia Ivars(one of Jess' rep-regulars since 1982) as sex slave Furia is one of many highlights:yes, her already legendary scene is present and (in)correct in Seduction Cinema's DVD and video presentations and puts Michael Douglas and Brad Pitt firmly in the shade when it comes to flagrant disregard for kitchen hygiene.Add to this an extraordinary finale - Newman hunted by her crazed captors with canned audience participation playing in the background - and we have another Franco gem for the collection.

Check out Seduction's DVD, which includes an Amber Newman photo shoot, a stills gallery and a behind-the-scenes documentary which alone is worth the asking price.
Reviewer: Steve Langton

 

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Jess Franco  (1930 - 2013)

Legendary director of predominantly sex-and-horror-based material, Spanish-born Jesus Franco had as many as 200 directing credits to his name. Trained initially as a musician before studying film at the Sorbonne in Paris, Franco began directing in the late 50s. By using the same actors, sets and locations on many films, Franco has maintained an astonishing workrate, and while the quality of his work has sometimes suffered because of this, films such as Virgin Amongst the Living dead, Eugenie, Succubus and She Killed in Ecstasy remain distinctive slices of 60s/70s art-trash.

Most of his films have been released in multiple versions with wildly differing titles, while Franco himself has directed under a bewildering number of pseudonyms. Actors who have regularly appeared in his films include Klaus Kinski, Christopher Lee and wife Lina Romay; fans should also look out for his name on the credits of Orson Welles' Chimes of Midnight, on which he worked as assistant director.

 
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