She Killed in Ecstasy aka Sie tötete in Ekstase (1971)
Dir. Jesus Franco
Starring: Soledad Miranda, Paul Müller, Howard Vernon, Ewa Strömberg, Jess Franco, Fred Williams
From the Image R1 DVD. German language, English subtitles. The audio on this rip is not out-of-sync; that's the way it is on the original DVD. It seems that the German spoken has been dubbed-in, even though Germany was the country of original release. German language is the only audio choice on the dvd.
A beautiful woman (Miranda) lives in bliss with her lover, Dr. Johnson (Fred Williams), who conducts unorthodox experiments with human embryos he keeps in jars around the lab. When a medical committee rejects his findings and orders him to discontinue his work, the unstable doctor does the only sensible thing: slashing his wrists in the bathroom. The devastated Miranda then takes it upon herself to seduce and kill the three men and one woman "responsible" for the suicide. Of course, two of the potential victims include Dr. Orloff himself, Howard Vernon, and Franco in one of his largest roles.
Returning once again for inspiration to the plotline of Cornell Woolrich's The Bride Wore Black, which had already at least partially inspired his Venus in Furs and The Diabolical Dr. Z, Jess Franco spins his most erotic take on a beautiful woman avenging a death by picking off the guilty parties one by one. The late slinky screen siren Soledad Miranda (Vampyros Lesbos) returned for the third of five collaborations with Franco before her untimely death, and her presence ignites what could have been another routine revenge potboiler.
As dreamlike and Eurotrashy as Vampyros Lesbos, this film, also known as Mrs. Hyde, differs mainly in its adherence to a non-supernatural plotline. Miranda's erotic presence once again drives the film along even when the plot doesn't seem to be going anywhere, and her systematic seduction/murders are all memorable set pieces complete with plentiful nudity. (Unfortunately this also requires Vernon to get naked, so viewer beware.) German musicians Manfred Hubler and Siegfried Schwab (Vampyros Lesbos) return for another mindbending assemblage of funky grooves on the soundtrack, while the Mediterranean locales and pop art set design make this early '70s eye candy of the first order. Not a film for everyone, of course, but then Franco fans already know that. - Mondo Digital