Jess Franco • Spain-Autralia-France • 1964 • Perverse eroticism, science fiction, smoky jazz.
The follow-up to Franco's career-launching film The Awful Dr. Orloff, Dr. Orloff's Monster is a modern gothic thriller, injected with moments of perverse eroticism, science fiction, and smoky jazz. When Melissa returns to her ancestral home to claim her inheritance, she finds that the castle is filled with strange characters and dark secrets. Governing the crumbling manor is a diabolical scientist, Dr. Conrad Jekyll, who uses high-frequency mind control to command an undead henchman to perform a series of vicious murders. When a dry-witted detective and Melissa's suitor trace the crimes back to Jekyll's castle, they realize the only way to trap the zombie is to use Melissa as bait.