Reynaud & Howard Vernon in Gothic Sex/Horror
Original German title: IM
SCHLOS DER BLUTIGEN BEGIERDE [In The Castle of Bloody Lust]
also known as: APPOINTMENT WITH LUST and CASTLE OF UNHOLY
Adrian Hoven (as Percy G. Parker)
starring Janine Reynaud ˇ Howard Vernon ˇ Elvira Berndorff
ˇ Michel Lemoine ˇ Jan Hendriks
film opens in the midst of a hedonistic party hosted by Baron Brack,
an arrogant nobleman played by Michel Lemoine (he would a decade later
reenact these same scenes and restructure the same character for his
own film EVIL
WEEKENDS OF COUNT ZAROFF which would also star Howard Vernon).
So, Baron Brock and five of his party guests - including sexy sisters
Vera and Elena - decide to go horseback riding, a decision which leads
them to the castle of sinister Count Saxon (Howard Vernon playing a
role decidedly similar to his legendary Dr Orloff). Some centuries
ago, one of his ancestors lost a beautiful daughter, the victim of rape
and abuse by savage men in the woods. Now, history is repeating itself
as Count Saxon's own daughter has also recently been killed and raped.
He and his loyal servants are attempting to resurrect the dead daughter
but essential body parts from living humans are needed. Luckily for
them, a drunken bunch of party animals have stumbled into the castle
and soon onto the operation table.
amount of gore and nudity fill this 1968 movie. For years, a rumor circulated
that Jesus Franco was the true director, working under the Percy G.
Parker pseudonym. This rumor had traction because the style is very
similar to Franco's work, the cast includes many Franco regulars plus
it was produced by Aquila Films (the studio that financed many Franco
films from this period). But eventually, Jesus Franco formally denied
helming the movie; however he did admit to writing the script, adding
that it was his brainchild based on a work by Shakespeare. In fact,
the motion picture is directed by German filmmaker/actor Adrian Hoven
who would go on the make MARK
OF THE DEVIL and MARK
OF THE DEVIL 2: WITCHES a few years later.
Reynaud was a French high-fashion model until turning to acting at age
34 in the mid '60s. She starred in numerous Jesus Franco films including
his Succubus earlier the same year. She later worked with
Sergio Martino for his CASE
OF THE SCORPION'S TAIL and with Bitto Albertini for MAN,
MORE POISONOUS THAN THE COBRA. Her best performance is generally
considered to be the woman with deep-rooted sado-sex issues in José
(1971) which also starred Michel Lemoine.
After that film, Janine married her leading man and they would make
many films together until her retirement in 1978. Mr Lemoine died at
age 90, July 2013. Janine Reynaud has since moved to an undisclosed
location in the United States.