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Rare James Glickenhaus and Jess Franco flicks coming to Severin Blu-ray; details, art, trailer

Thursday, January 9, 2020 | Blu-ray/DVD, News

By RUE MORGUE STAFF

Digging into the exploitation vaults, Severin Films has come up with three little-seen titles from a couple of genre masters, and will be giving them their first-ever hi-def disc exposure next month!

On February 25, Severin releases THE ASTROLOGER (pictured), the first movie by writer/director James Glickenhaus (THE EXTERMINATOR, THE SOLDIER, SHAKEDOWN), and a pair of erotic shockers from Jess Franco: CRIES OF PLEASURE and NIGHT OF OPEN SEX. THE ASTROLOGER, a.k.a. SUICIDE CULT and based on the novel by John Cameron, is a wild tale about a secret government operative specializing in zodiacal mysticism and an evil cult leader, presented in a 4K scan from the director’s personal answer print. Special features are:

  • “Sign of the Times”: James Glickenhaus on THE ASTROLOGER
  • “Monica Tidwell Remembers THE ASTROLOGER”: Interview with actress Monica Tidwell
  • “Tales From the Set”: Interviews with filmmakers Brendan Faulkner and Frank M. Farel
  • “Zodiacal Locations”: The filming sites of THE ASTROLOGER

CRIES OF PLEASURE is a tale of psychosexual perversion that sees Franco experimenting with the long-take, minimal-edit style inspired by Alfred Hitchcock’s ROPE, while NIGHT OF OPEN SEX combines sex, violence, fetishism and Eurospy trappings, both featuring his legendary partner/performer Lina Romay. Both are presented in 4K scans from the original negatives; bonus features on CRIES are:

  • “In The Land Of Franco Part 1”: Stephen Thrower tours multiple Franco locations in Portugal
  • “When Donald Met Jess and Lina Part 1”: Filmmaker Donald Farmer interviews the power couple in 1993
  • “Jess Franco’s Golden Years”: Interview with Stephen Thrower, author of MURDEROUS PASSIONS & FLOWERS OF PERVERSION—THE DELIRIOUS CINEMA OF JESÚS FRANCO

Special features on NIGHT OF OPEN SEX:

  • “In The Land Of Franco Part 2”: Stephen Thrower tours multiple Franco locations in Portugal
  • “When Donald Met Jess and Lina Part 2”: Filmmaker Donald Farmer interviews the power couple in 1993
  • “The Night of Open Jess”: Interview with Stephen Thrower, author of MURDEROUS PASSIONS & FLOWERS OF PERVERSION—THE DELIRIOUS CINEMA OF JESÚS FRANCO

All three will also be released on DVD, and the discs can currently be pre-ordered at the Severin Films website, which is offering “The Astrologer’s Open Pleasure Bundle” of the three Blu-rays and “The Open Pleasure Bundle” of the two Franco features.

Michael Gingold
Michael Gingold (RUE MORGUE's Head Writer) has been covering the world of horror cinema for over three decades, and spent 28 years as a writer and editor for FANGORIA magazine and its website. In addition to RUE MORGUE, he currently writes for BIRTH.MOVIES.DEATH, SCREAM, IndieWire.com, TIME OUT, DELIRIUM and others. His book THE FRIGHTFEST GUIDE TO MONSTER MOVIES (FAB Press) is out this fall, and he has contributed liner notes and featurettes to a number of Blu-ray and DVD releases. Among his screenplay credits are SHADOW: DEAD RIOT and LEECHES!, and he is currently working on THE DOLL with director Dante Tomaselli.