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(aka "Los ojos siniestros del doctor Orloff" )


directed by Jess Franco
Spain 1973


Paralyzed Melissa (Monserrat Prous, SINNER: DIARY OF A NYMPHOMANIAC) has been haunted by nightmares in which she sees her dying father (director Jess Franco himself, uncredited). She lives with her half-sister Martha (Loreta Tovar, NIGHT OF THE SORCERERS), her uncle Sir Henry (Jaime Picas), and her aunt Lady Flora (Kali Hansa, PERVERSE COUNTESS) at Fisque Manor. Psychiatrist Dr. Orloff (William Berger, LOVE LETTERS OF A PORTUGUESE NUN) confirms her suspicions that her family think she is crazy and offers to treat her. One night, she dreams that she has murdered her uncle. When he turns up dead in an abandoned car on the side of a road, she thinks she has indeed murdered him. Is her family plotting against her? Is Dr. Orloff trying to help or harm her? Produced by Jess Franco's own Manocoa Film company, THE SINISTER EYES OF DR. ORLOFF is a rather ordinary inheritance thriller (not unlike some of Hammer's PSYCHO cash-in thrillers of the sixties). Recurring "in name only" Franco character Dr. Orloff couldn't be farther removed from his usual haunts (stalking beautiful women to use various tissues and fluids to revive an ailing daughter or wife, usually named Melissa) but the theme of hypnotic control is shared by this film with some of Franco's other works like DIABOLICAL DR. Z, NIGHTMARES COME AT NIGHT, VOODOO PASSION, and MIL SEXOS TIENE LA NOCHE. The cast is made up of familiar Franco actors including Prous, Hansa, Berger, and Robert Wood, who plays a musician neighbor trying to convince Inspector Crosby (Edmund Purdom, a long way from THE EGYPTIAN) that there are weird things going on at the neighboring Fisque Manor. Later Franco muse, Lina Romay has a small role as Wood's jealous girlfriend. There's no nudity and the violence is tame, but it is entertaining to see these familiar, usually disrobed, actors going through the familiar scenario (more so than Franco's "The Cat and the Canary" adaptation NIGHT OF THE SKULL). Franco later remade the film with Romay as ALONE AGAINST TERROR.

Eric Cotenas


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Runtime 1:16:09

1.32:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 6.21 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.


Audio Spanish Dolby Digital 2.0 mono
Subtitles English, none
Features Release Information:
Studio: Intervision Picture Corp.

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.32:1

Edition Details:
• The Sinister Origins of Dr. Orloff (16:9; 18:23)

DVD Release Date: February 8th, 2011

Chapters 16



Intervision presents this full-frame transfer unnecessarily in a 16:9 palette with side matting (which would be added by the player to a 4:3 DVD when set-up for 16:9 output), inhibiting horizontal resolution for the 4:3 ratio. It would appear to be slightly cropped from 1.66:1 as well, since the end credits are cut off on the left. The video master looks rather old. Audio is okay but a little hissy. The subtitles have some grammatical errors and are missing a few lines in various spots (including a thirty-second exchange between William Berger and Edmund Purdom around the thirty-minute mark). There is also some careless translation such as "degenerative monsters," "bloody fest," and a line about a character "condoned for being a pedophile."

The sole extra is a new English interview with Jess Franco in which he talks about the film, the cast members (he asked Berger to play the role because Howard Vernon was shooting an American picture at the time), censorship under the Franco regime, and the music (credited to his literary pseudonym David Khune, but composed and performed with a musician that he used to play jazz with when he was younger).

  - Eric Cotenas


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