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Wicked Women 
Written by: on March 20th, 2008

Theatrical Release Date: Switzerland, 1977
Director: Jess Franco
Cast: Lina Romay, Monica Swinn, Nanda Van Bergen, Michael Maien

DVD released: 2007
Approximate running time: 77 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Rating: FSK 18
Sound: Dolby Digital Mono German
Subtitles: English
DVD Release: VIP
Region Coding: Region 0 PAL
Retail Price: $19.95

Synopsis: A young woman named Margareta (Lina Romay) while on vacation meets an eccentric couple invites her to stay with them for the rest her vacation. Unknown to Margareta at the time was that she was being used by the couple to smuggle diamonds. Margareta is traumatized after discovering the couple’s murders bodies one evening and she is then institutionalized. Everyone around her has ulterior motives as they are more interested in finding the missing diamonds then helping Margareta.

Jess Franco’s Wicked Women is in line with the type of films he was making with producer Erwin C. Dietrich. Most of these films featured plots and performers who were interchangeable. The plot device of diamonds that everyone lusts after was used in a similar fashion in the Franco film “Women Behind Bars” and the asylum backdrop lends nicely to Franco’s WIP type films of this era. Visually Franco does hang on scenic shots that often mean nothing if for no other reason than to pad the film running time.

Lina Romay is one of the films highlights as she puts together one of her most memorable and refined performances. The plot what there is of it is muddle and can be confusing the first time around. It makes more sense upon later viewings. Now to the heart of the film there is plenty of T&A and lesbian encounters. No matter how many Franco films I see with sex at its core I am always amazed at how inventive he is with such familiar covered subject matter. Ultimately Wicked Women is not classic Jess Franco and yet is not anywhere near his worst efforts. The end result is something that is average nothing more or nothing less.

The DVD:

After a long break in between releases VIP finally adds another title to their Jess Franco collection. The latest entry to the collection “Wicked Women” keeps in line with the high standards set with the previous releases in the Franco collection. The audio mix sounds clear, clean and evenly balanced. Removable English subtitles have been included.

Extras include a trailer for Wicked Women, trailers for other VIP releases, a Photo/Still Galleries, Cast & crew bios and a Reversible Cover (English & German). Sure the extras are lacking as they add no real context to the main feature.

Fans of Jess Franco will be pleased with the superb audio/video presentation of Wicked Women.

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