Top Bar
Musique Machine Logo Home ButtonReviews ButtonArticles ButtonBand Specials ButtonAbout Us Button
SearchGo Down
Search for  
With search mode in section(s)
And sort the results by
show articles written by  
 Review archive:  # a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z

Venus In Furs - Venus In Furs(DVD) [Artus Films - 2018]

As part of Artus Films growing ‘Collection Jess Franco’ series here’s a region two DVD release of this classic late 1960’s exotic thriller from Mr Franco. The films an extremely heady blend of arty sensuality & moody surrealism, with moments of 60’s grooving atmosphere & trippy revenge kills- all sound-tracked by a blend of smooth-to-darkly moody jazz.

Released in 1969 Venus In Furs (aka Paroxismus) tells of jazz trumpet Jimmy (James Darren) who witnesses the  torture & rape of the mysterious blonde Wanda(Maria Rohm), at the hands of  creepy playboy Ahmed (Klaus Kinski), his friend Percival (Dennis Price), & Olga (Margaret Lee).  Wanda’s body washes up naked & dead, and then Jimmy’s obsession with her begins, as he seemingly sees her everywhere he goes- is she still alive, and if not, who is killing off one-by-one those who took part in her torture & rape?.

As Franco films go this is decidedly classy, well-shot, and at times very moody picture- with moments of subtle trip-ness, unease & subdued creep-ness. Yes, there is female flesh on display, but it’s very much underplayed & subtly arty, adding to the films dreamy atmosphere. Unlike some of Franco’s later 1970’s femme fatale revenge films such as Vampire Lesbos or She Killed In Ecstasy - the swinging & campy 70’s-ness is played down, for a more haunting & at times melancholic mood.  I’d say Venus In Furs easily stands as one of Franco’s greatest, effectively arty & most balanced productions- making it a great introduction to those unfamiliar this highly prolific euro director.

This DVD features a great, great scan of the film- with the reds, greens, and blues really popping, and the general lush-to-trippiness of the film very nicely  enhanced. The print here is English language, with removable French subtitles. Extra wise you get a forty-three-minute doc about the film- this is in French, without subtitles- but from what I could gather it looks quite detailed/ informative. We also get a very low-grade seven-minute snippet of the Italian language print of the film, a stills/ poster gallery, and a selection of trailers from the other releases in the ‘Collection Jess Franco’ Series from Artus.

All in all, this is an extremely worthwhile release of this Franco classic- as I mentioned early this is a great starting point for those who have never checked out any of his vast & daunting filmography- as it really shows him firing on all cylinders, creating a very distinctive-yet- balanced slice of erotic tinged thriller.

Rating: 4 out of 5Rating: 4 out of 5Rating: 4 out of 5Rating: 4 out of 5Rating: 4 out of 5

Roger Batty
Latest Reviews

Venus In Furs - Venus In Furs(DVD)
As part of Artus Films growing ‘Collection Jess Franco’ series here’s a region two DVD release of this classic late 1960’s exotic thriller from Mr Franco. Th...
231021   Fergus Kelly - Plate Spinning
221021   The Singing Ringing Tree - Th...
211021   Allerseelen - Morgenröte
211021   Rudolf Eb.er - NECRO ORGIA
211021   Territoire - Étude de la prof...
211021   Dementer & Jug Face - Demente...
211021   Yann Novak - Lifeblood of Lig...
201021   Day Of The Reaper - Day Of Th...
201021   Strike Commando 2 - Strike Co...
191021   Mente-Atada/ Psychiatrist/ Vo...
Latest Articles

SRS Cinema - Purveyors of gorily ...
Since the early 90’s SRS Cinema has been releasing all manner of underground horror, be it gory SOV, general z-budget horror, or low-fi creature featur...
280921   SRS Cinema - Purveyors of gor...
070921   Tine Surel Lange - A Great E...
170821   theNightproduct - Walled Nois...
210721   Martyn Bates / Kodax Strophes...
150621   David Gregory - In The Land O...
270521   Root Cellar, Monolithic Torme...
120521   Patrick Picard - Geek-bound...
150421   Dosis Letalis - Walled Noise ...
170321   Shatraug - Into the Finnish B...
170221   Mark Polonia - Of gore-bound...
Go Up
(c) Musique Machine 2001 -2017. Celebrating 16 years of true independence!! Mail Us at questions=at=musiquemachine=dot=comBottom