Linda (1981)

Director:Jess Franco Screenplay by:Erick Tomeck  Running time:88 min Country:Spain, West Germany Language:English  Genre:Crime, Exploitation  Subtitle:Dutch Starring:Katja Bienert ... Linda Norman, Bea Fiedler ... Mitzi

Ursula Buchfellner ... Betsy Norman (as Ursula Fellner), Raquel Evans ... Sheila, Antonio Mayans ... Ron (as Robert Foster),
Antonio Rebollo ... (as Tony Skios)
, Andrea Guzon , Ana María Segura ... (as Maria Segura),Doris Regina ... (as Teodora Segura),

Betsy Norman is a happy assistant at a luxurious Spanish hotel. Shiela, the hotel owner, caters for all wishes of her clientele with another lucrative business, the brothel "Rio Amore" where clients from all over the world come to relax with the girls and watch the sado-masochistic shows. Linda, Betsy''s sister, is drugged and forced to work as a prostitute there.

This is a lesser known feature from Jesus Franco, at least I had never heard about it before. But of course, the man have done more movies than any other director alive, so a handful of titles need to vanish to obscurity. ''Linda'' might not be among the finest by Franco but it is still a worthy effort for most fans of sleazy Euro-trash. A titular teenager get a vacation from the nun controlled boarding house(where the virginal girl practice for her first time with the other girls!).

She head for a island in the Mediterranean Sea to visit her older sister, Betsy who are working at a fancy hotel. Unfortunately Betsy have got into some serious trouble with the corrupt managers, she have become locked up and forced to work in the sleazy brothel that the hotel cover! Actually this is two separate stories that culminate in the end. Linda is unaware of her sisters case and spend her time fooling around with a young stud she have met, who gladly will help her get rid of her virginity!

While Betsy must go through endless sexual humiliation and and torture, under control of a vicious female pimp and her goons. The dubbing is amateurish and the soundtrack is hopeless dated, but Franco have done his best to mix the erotic with exploitational sadism, WIP aesthetic and classic pulp novel style fetishism. The movie is beautiful shot and the female cast generally looks great!

Apparently I did, but I shouldn''t have expected a movie similar to Vampyros Lesbos. I bought this movie on DVD from a Dutch company called Japan Shock who never failed to deliver good solid trash from Asia and Italy and I was yet to be disappointed. This one comes close.

It''s very hard to distinguish this as a Franco movie. I know that he made a lot of movies (182 according to the IMDb listing) and of course not all can be masterpieces, but this one is not very different from most German late ''70s/early ''80s softporno flicks, the ones they show late saturday night on cable television.

There were some moments that reminded me of older Franco movies. There were a couple of scenes where naked women were involved in sado-erotic performances with audiences watching - which, believe it or not, is a Franco trademark - and there is a climax (!) involving scorpions, an animal Franco seems to feel very related to.

I missed the completely useless zooms he is famous for though, and for once they''d have been completely in place.

Overall, if you like beautiful naked German girls making love, getting whipped and being tortured; if you like bad English overdubbing that goes as far as people not opening their mouth while they are talking; if you like poor editing, bad camerawork, lousy acting and the weakest plot ever, then this is the movie for you.