November 28, 2008
Legendary Spanish horror filmmaker Jess Franco is set to receive a Lifetime Achievement Goya Award next year. A Goya Award is Spain's equivalent of an Academy Award.
Franco started as a director with "The Awful Dr. Orloff" in '61 and has gone onto direct a ton of sexually charged horror films, includinng "Vampyros Lesbos" and "She Killed in Ecstasy," not to mention the outrageous women in prison film "Barbed Wire Dolls."
Franco was a master back in the 1960s, directing the Orloff films ("The Awful Dr. Orloff," "Dr. Orloff's Monster," etc.) but I'm not a huge fan of his '70s and '80s stuff, most of which appeals to the S and M crowd in my book. Franco had a real taste for S&M obviously -- it even shows in some of his late '60s material, like the German version of "The Bloody Judge."
The ceremony takes place February 1 in Madrid.
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