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BEST OF 2012: LISA AND THE DEVIL/HOUSE OF EXORCISM Blu-ray
This 1979 composite(aka JUSTINE), supervised by Italian porn king Joe D'Amato [rn: Aristide Massaccesi], is pretty delirious stuff. D'Amato cut Jess Franco's JULIETTE DE SADE (1975), a hardcore starring Alain Petit and Lina Romay, into shreds and then inserted scenes from two other 1975 Franco productions, MIDNIGHT PARTY and SHINING SEX, the former a comedy, the latter a sci-fi tinged erotic fantasy. He then rescored the newly christened Frankenstein monster of a film with cues written by frequent musical collaborator, Nico Fidenco. The result was... I'll be doing an expanded blog on this in the near future.
"Shirley Knight/Night" is actually a Croatian actress featured in such Eurocine co-productions as Jess Franco's CANNIBALS/WHITE CANNIBAL QUEEN, Pierre Chevalier's PANTHER SQUAD, Jose Jara's OASIS OF LOST WOMEN, Andrea Bianchi's COMMANDO MENGELE aka Angel of Death. Nzoog has informed me that her real name may be Dragica Steiner.
Commando terrorista (1990) directed by Luis Colombo. With Draguy Steiner,…imdb.com, is an additional credit and alternate name pointed out by Francesco Cesari on the EL FRANCONOMICON Facebook group. Luis Colombo was the DP on CANNIBALS, on which Knight/Steiner also worked. There is also a "Draky Steiner" credited among the production crew of Jess Franco's 1980 EUGENIE, UNA HISTORIA DE PERVERSION.Does anyone know anymore information about her filmography or background? Not sure if she is the same person as "Draky Steiner" (see low quality screen cap below) or if she had anything to do with EUGENIE....
She appears as Barbara Shelton in CANNIBALS/WHITE CANNIBAL QUEEN (1980). There is no further information on her on the IMDB. All the above films were shot at least partly in Spain, but I'm not sure whether or not she is Spanish. Aka Shirley Night.
This image at the bottom of this post is from OASIS OF LOST WOMEN (1982), in which she plays the warden of a tropical brothel where kidnapped women are forced to work. This is another typically sleazy, cheap Eurocine composite with footage included from at least 4 different different films, Jess Franco's OPALO DE FUEGO (1978), Pierre Chevalier's THE HOUSE OF THE LOST DOLLS (1973), another unknown French thriller, Gianpaolo Callegari's 1967 Eurospy AGENTE SIGMA 3-MISSIONE GOLDWATHER, with Jack Taylor, along with newer footage shot by Jara (sometimes credited as John O'Hara) featuring Knight/Steiner and Yul Sanders [Claude Boisson] as the headsof the kidnap ring. The late Francoise Blanchard appears as a kidnapped heroine. Both THE HOUSE OF LOST DOLLS and OASIS... are mixtures of Eurospy and Women in Prison tropes.
Thanks to Nzoog and Francesco Cesari for adding pertinent information.
Some exteriors of this key Jess Franco title were filmed in West Berlin.
Martin Luther hospital is where Jess Franco's character comes to visit the dying Eugénie after viewing the snuff film reel in the opening scene. Letters on the facade have remained unchanged since the 1970s.
The hospital interiors were in typical Franco fashion represented by a rather anonymous hotel room.
spot where Albert Radeck criticises humanity's unwillingness to 'face a
dismal future' (as per the English-dubbed version ) doesn't exist anymore. The scene was filmed on an elevated bridge which has since been demolished. This memorable location can also be seen in the Fanco's earlier film Succubus/Necronomicon.
'Haus der Nationen' shopping centre in Berlin's Kurfürstendamm as seen in a 1960s photo. This is where the murderous Radecks (Paul Müller and Soledad Miranda) go window-shopping when they run into the nosy Attila Tanner, played by Jess Franco)
Access to this
terrace of the 'Haus der Nationen' shopping centre is blocked by an iron
gate now. Presumably in the past the terraces were open to visitors who
could stroll around past the shop display windows and enjoy the views of
the Church of Remembrance and the Kurfürstendamm. This level of the
shopping centre now houses a fitness club.
Exact whereabouts of the Radeck residence (both exterior and interior) remain a mystery. According to some sources it's located on the outskirts of Berlin, while others maintain it used to be producer Robert de Nesle's property and is therefore to be found in France.