The Perverse Countess (1974) La comtesse perverse

The Perverse Countess (1974) La comtesse perverse

Directed by: Jesus Franco

Actors: Alice Arno, Howard Vernon and Kali Hansa

Language: French (English and German subs)

Country: France

Also known as: La comtesse perverse, Les croqueuses

Description: Two wealthy aristocrats (Alice Arno from Justine de Sade and Kali Hansa from Night of the Sorcerers) lure a virginal girl to a Spanish island for a night of sex, death and cannibalism.

Review: I have no knowledge of this film but it’s what the cool teenagers talk about when they smoke in the school-yard so I’d better write about it (i.e. pretend I actually know what I’m talking about). No, seriously, Jess Frenco’s LA COMTESSE PERVERSE (France, 1973) is going to get no less than three releases from two different video labels in the very near future; in May it’ll come out as both a 1-disc and a 2-disc release from Edition Tonfilm in Germany (or maybe they’re in Switzerland I’m not entirely sure), and in June Mondo Macabro are putting it out as a 1-disc release.

Now, bear in mind I’ve never watched the damn film but this is the info I have from a German forum where one of the people behind Editon Tonfilm posted about it. One of the things he said is that he reckons LA COMTESSE PERVERSE is among the 10 best films from Jess Franco’s golden period of the 1960 & ’70s! LA COMTESSE PERVERSE was released in 1973 under that exact title. The original film has never been released on video tape or DVD and it’s been a very sought after film (a fan subbed copy of the French tape is being passed around in fan circles).

Then in 1974 it was re-edited and new footage was added to the film. It had a cinema release and came out on VHS in France under the title of LES CROQUEUSES. BUT there more! In 1975, it was yet again re-released with new erotic scenes (HC I believe) under the title SEXY NATURE. So THREE different versions of the film exist!!! However, obviously, only the first version is Jess Franco’s original director’s cut version.

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