with Julian Grainger
HB, 270 x 240 mm
512pp, 599 images, 326 in colour
/ £55 + signed insert (100 only)
/ £60 + 7″ & insert (40 only)
40 copies available with red-vinyl 7″ single containing three tracks from La Comtesse Perverse and Le Journal Intime dune Nymphomane, all by Roger Davy, plus an inserted print of Ania Goszczyńska’s artwork featured on the original special edition of Murderous Passions, signed by Stephen Thrower.
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Jesús Franco was a fascinating, iconic gure in world cinema. A passionate believer in artistic and sexual freedom, he constantly tested the boundaries of taste and censorship during an extraordinary career spanning sixty years and more than 170 films.
His delirious spontaneity turned the raw basics of popular cinema – sex and violence – into an avant-garde whirl of sensations. Franco’s taste for the kinky and horrific, his idiosyncratic visual style, and his lifelong obsession with the Marquis de Sade, birthed a whole new strain of erotica.
Films like Succubus, Vampyros Lesbos, A Virgin Among the Living Dead and The Erotic Rites of Frankenstein throw out the rulebook and reinvent genre cinema, while even his weakest efforts exude something strange and wild amid the chaos. Meanwhile, multiple international variants turn the Franco filmography into a dizzying hall of mirrors, entrancing for the aficionado but confusing for beginners – until now.
Originally published in 2015, Murderous Passions delves into Franco’s career from 1953 to 1974 (a second volume, Flowers of Perversion, covers 1975 to 2013). Assisted by esteemed critic and researcher Julian Grainger, Thrower shines a light into the darkest corners of the Franco filmography, uncovering a wealth of new information. Unparalleled in scope and ambition, this revised and updated edition of Murderous Passions contains eighty more pages of images, many in colour, and a thorough index.
Stephen Thrower is the acclaimed author of Flowers of Perverison, Beyond Terror: the films of Lucio Fulci and the ground-breaking Nightmare USA: The Untold Story of the Exploitation Independents.