Filmmaker Jesús “Jess” Franco dies in Spain

Earlier this week Jesús “Jess” Franco, Spanish filmmaker, died of as yet unannounced causes at the age of 82. While the majority of his work was pornographic in nature, he was known to zombie aficionados for several films in the genre.

In “A Virgin Among the Living Dead,” released in 1973, a young woman returns to her ancestral castle for the reading of a will. To her horror, she discovers that the relatives who reside in the castle are actually zombies.

Franco followed this film with 1981’s “Oasis of the Zombies,” essentially a remake of the 1980 film “Zombie Lake.” Franco had been slated to direct that film, but a scheduling conflict forced him out. Both films feature Nazi zombies returning from the dead to torment women whose clothes have a tendency to come off.

While not for everyone, the films are available for instant streaming on Netflix.

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