19 September, 2008

Jess Franco's Friend


Up periscope... A few blogs back we noted an Easter Egg on the new Severin CANNIBAL TERROR DVD on which Uncle Jess discusses his involvement with the enjoyably impoverished French-Spanish Le Bad Cinema classic, ZOMBIE LAKE (19800. Can anyone name the prolific Jess Franco actor/friend/colleague in the above image? You can also attempt to list the numerous appearances he has made in JF films over the last four decades. If that's too daunting a task how about your favorite performance by this very capable and underrated actor...


Leading the attack on the village...


Drinking with buddies before incineration...


4 comments:

Tom Mather said...

Antonio Mayans. I don't know how many films he's made with Jess but the earliest would be from 1973 right the way through to Snakewoman in 2005.

I reckon I've seen 15 of his Franco films. This might sound strange but my favourite Mayans performance is in El Miron e La Exhibitionista. It's an underrated film and I can't imagine anyone else having not just made it, but made anything like it.

scott said...

hmm, right now the ones that come to mind are SADOMANIA and GEMIDOS DE PLACER

Robert Monell said...

n I've seen 15 of his Franco films. This might sound strange but my favourite Mayans performance is in El Miron e La Exhibitionista.

Correct, Tom. And that's a terrific little film, one of Jess' personal favorites. I really like the way he creates an almost Hitchcockian ambience with just several actors and two hotels rooms.

Robert Monell said...

SADOMANIA and GEMIDOS DE PLACER

Two of his villain roles in which he seems to be enjoying himself. I think my personal favorite is his conflicted Al Periera in BOTAS NEGRAS, LATIGO DE CUERO, which I hope gets a good R1 DVD.