The title of tonight's outing is "Les Cauchemars Naissent La Nuit" , and in my humble and most respectful opinion, this is not Jess Franco's best effort! I mean, "Nightmares Come At Night" sounds kinda scary, but it's really just soft-core art sleaze! You would need to be very stoned to be able to get into this movie, and I don't know if it's possible to get that high, and not fall asleep or die!! My French ain't that great, so I thought the title had something to do with giant cockroaches from Mars, not seemingly endless and actually quite boring sex scenes leading up to a big crescendo of a nothing ending that you could care less about by the time you get there!
Diana Lorys as Anna de Istria was also in "The Awful Dr. Orlac," "Fangs Of The Living Dead," "Night Of The Blood monster," and "House Of Psychotic Women," which are all a Heck of a better watch than "Les Cauchemars Naissent La Nuit!"
Coming off of a real nice run of three terrific flicks, "Sax Rohmer's The Castle of Fu Manchu," "Küß Mich, Monster," and "Venus In Furs," it seemed like Jess Franco couldn't do anything wrong, but this "Erotic Nightmare" is just exactly what it claims to be! Jesus Franco has directed 192 films, so it would be asking a lot for each and every one to be good, even if he is one of THE best directors of all time!
"Les Cauchemars Naissent La Nuit" is one of those kinds of movies, where pretty much the only saving grace is that, it has a lot of pretty cool and sleazy music, brought to you by the Maestro Bruno Nicolai, the man who was conductor and musical director in the Clint Eastwood classics, "The Good, The Bad And The Ugly," and "For A Few Dollars More" and also composed the music for another 96 films like "Spy Pit," "Island Of Despair," and "Eugenie - The Story Of Her Journey Into Perversion!"
Paul Muller as Dr. Paul Lucas does manage to get in a few choice lines! Paul has been in the movies since 1948, in titles like "Goliath and The Sins Of Babylon," the Jerry Cotton feature "Murderers Club Of Brooklyn," and "Nightmare Castle" just to name a couple of his 241 achievements!
Soledad Miranda was also in "Les Cauchemars Naissent La Nuit" along with Maria Rohm, but both are used minimally, to the point that this shot of this airplance ride is a lot more interesting! Howard Vernon is also in this film lurking around somewhere!
"Les Cauchemars Naissent La Nuit" makes major stinker of a film "Manos: The Hands Of Time" look like a Spielberg flick! This would be a good movie to watch if you were having a swinger's party in a big castle with different movies showing in each room, and you only had time to glance up at the screen once in a while!
Normally boring and sex are not words that should even be used in the same sentence, so I think you get the idea, it's either overly arty, or Jesus needed some quick cash! This club scene seemed to go on forever, and then some!
Colette Giacobine as Cynthia Robins has a very familiar look, but she was only ever in a total of seven films. In this movie she was credited as Colette Jack!
If you don't believe me or if this is your favorite genre of film, then by all means, check it out yourself, I think I'm going to find the soundtrack myself. Just like with a lot of music videos, sometimes your ears and imagination would have been plenty good enough!