ELSA FRAULEIN SS and CRIMSON: TWO FANTASTIC MAISON ROUGE AND BLACK HOUSE FILMS TITLES REVIEWED BY SANDRA HARRIS. ©
ELSA FRAULEIN SS: ALSO KNOWN AS 'CAPTIVE WOMEN 4.' (1977) DIRECTED BY PATRICE RHOMM. WRITTEN BY VICTOR HADRIA AND MARIUS LESOEUR. STARRING MALISA LONGO, OLIVIER MATHOT AND PATRIZIA GORI.
CRIMSON: ALSO KNOWN AS CRIMSON, THE COLOUR OF BLOOD. (1976) DIRECTED BY JUAN FORTUNY. WRITTEN BY JUAN FORTUNY AND MARIUS LE SOEUR. STARRING PAUL NASCHY, OLIVIER MATHOT, SYLVIA SOLAR, EVELYNE SCOTT, CLAUDE BOISSON, GILDA ARANCIA AND ROBERTO MAURI.
These are two magnificent old vintage gems from the genres known respectively as 'Euro-sleaze' and 'Euro-horror.' ELSA FRAULEIN SS is very definitely the former and CRIMSON the latter. As specific examples of the two related genres, in fact, these two movies are wonderful representatives.
They're each written by the same people, as it happens, and they even use some of the same cast and crew. They're typical of the other Euro-sleaze and Euro-horror flicks that were made during the same era, but in my humble opinion they're also much, much better.
The films are full of sex, copulation, fornication, playing hide-the-salami, banging, bonking, shagging, making-the-beast-with-two-backs, screwing, humping, sucking, licking and having sexual intercourse. Oh, and there's a small bit of plot in there too. Oh, and in the case of Euro-horror films, maybe a monster of some kind. But let's not worry about any of that. The main thing is, of course, Le Sexe. I'm hoping that that's French for 'the sex...!' What else could it be?
Let's start with ELSA FRAULEIN SS, starring the stunningly beautiful and sexy actress Malisa Longo. She was also the star of HELGA, SHE-WOLF OF STILBERG, a very similar film made by the same director in the same year.
Nudity, fetishism, violence and lesbian catfights abound in HELGA as the gorgeous Helga (Malisa Longo) dons her skintight leather-trousers-and-riding-whip ensemble to boss around the female political prisoners in her care in the intimidating fortress high up in the South American countryside. (It was actually filmed in Europe, though.)
In her red satin blouse and with her fabulous blonde hair and pretty face, Helga allows herself to indulge her twin passions of both heterosexual and lesbian sex and the strictest of discipline-enforcing with her trusty whip. Yes, there's nudie whipping in it and it's lovely to look at, very lovely indeed...!
In ELSA FRAULEIN SS, Malisa Longo is back in the disciplinarian saddle once more, so to speak. She plays a tough Nazi female in charge of a trainload of beautiful, nubile young females. They are being taken to the front lines to satisfy the lusts of the horny, sex-starved Nazi soldiers fighting for the honour and glory- ahem!- of Hitler's Third Reich.
In both this film and HELGA, SHE-WOLF OF STILBERG, we have similar scenes in which attractive young women are stripping off calmly and without any inhibitions whatsoever
and then standing around waiting to be medically examined by an actor in a white coat, haha.
'Spread her legs, Nurse,' says the doctor in ELSA FRAULEIN SS as he merrily prepares to listen to a young woman's vagina before giving her an injection in her comely behind. Yes, listen! Medical porn-slash-fetishism at its finest, I can assure you, my dear viewers.
There's a sub-plot in which Elsa (Malisa Longo) is supposed to be keeping an eye out for spies from the French Resistance as well as babysitting the prostitutes and overseeing the jiggy-jiggy between the girls and the Nazis on the train, but it's the sex you'll remember, I promise you.
Elsa competently de-flowers a twenty-year-old male Nazi virgin and dominates a fellow officer with her delicious thigh-high leather boots and delightfully furry pussy, excuse my French.
Both ELSA FRAULEIN SS and CRIMSON are in French, by the way, and are extremely culturally significant in that they both feature women with full glorious bushes of pubic hair, something which, sadly, you don't see any more in this modern era.
But women in the Euro-trash movies of the 'Seventies and 'Eighties sported their pubes proudly, pubes so lush and verdant that you could have fitted 'em out with a water feature, a couple of benches and a kiddies' playground and they could have doubled as a public park. God be with the days when women had hair 'down there.' In a few years, we'll probably have genetically-modified women who never grow any pubes at all. 'Tis a sad state of affairs.
The sex in both ELSA FRAULEIN SS and CRIMSON is explicit but it's pretty funny too. The guys simply come up behind the women and start dry-humping 'em without adjusting their trousers, which kind of lets you know that they're not really doing it, haha.
CRIMSON is the story of a criminal who, when he's almost terminally injured from a bullet to the brain, gets a brain transplant from a doctor and his wife known to the criminals. The brain comes from the gang's worst enemy, a jolly fellow called The Sadist whom the gang have murdered in order to take his brain.
But when the criminal who's had his brain transplanted, a chap called Surnett, starts acting out the rapacious fantasies of The Sadist whose brain he's taken, everyone starts acting all surprised and horrified. I wonder what they thought was gonna happen when they put a dangerous murderer's brain into their mate's head...!
Surnett, with a bandage wrapped around his bonce to keep his brains from leaking out, embarks on an orgy of rape that he can't control because his mind is no longer his own, if you get me. There's a lot of gratuitous nudity in this film, which also contains a scene of torture in which a young woman has cigarettes put out on her bare boobies before being raped.
There's also sex from behind and a few close-up shots of Surnett's pasty behind as he ravishes various females who pretend to put up a fight but in reality they're probably really enjoying it. Don't panic. I only made that last remark to piss off the feminists, haha. I don't really mean it, of course. (I really mean it...!)
Surnett is played by the handsome Spanish actor Paul Naschy. He portrayed so many classic horror villains (The Wolf-Man, Frankenstein's Monster, Count Dracula, Fu Manchu and The Hunchback of Notre Dame) that he became known as 'the Spanish Lon Chaney.' In fact, he made more appearances as The Wolf-Man than Lon Chaney did, which is pretty damned impressive, I think you'll agree.
I loved Paul Naschy in that film he made called THE WEREWOLF VERSUS THE VAMPIRE WOMEN, in which he was a werewolf and, um, he battled some sexy lesbian vampire ladies. That was about all that happened but it was still a beautifully-shot, really good 'Seventies horror flick, haha.
Now, for anyone who hasn't yet buggered off to watch these super-horny, super-sleazy movies from the golden age of Euro-trash movies, I have some good news. And here it is:
SCREENBOUND is launching two brilliant new Euro cult film labels: MAISON ROUGE and BLACK HOUSE FILMS. Don't they sound sexy as hell? MAISON ROUGE will specialise in Euro sleaze, of which FEMALE VAMPIRE: BARE-BREASTED COUNTESS will be their first release, followed by HELGA, SHE-WOLF OF STILLBERG and, now, ELSA FRAULEIN SS as well. Excellent choices, guys!
BLACK HOUSE FILMS deal mainly with Euro horror, of which ZOMBIE LAKE and CRIMSON will be their debut feature films. The two labels together intend to exploit the best of 'Sixties-to-'Eighties Euro Exploitation over the next few years, so prepare to be dazzled by
some seriously sexy Euro-filth and deliciously Gothic horror, in other words.
And do make sure that you check out ELSA FRAULEIN SS and CRIMSON as soon as possible. They're both out now on special release from MAISON ROUGE and BLACK HOUSE FILMS.
They have important statements to make about society that we can't afford to ignore. Well, they don't, haha, but they do have plenty of tits and furry bushes, and God knows, we need those much, much more...!
AUTHOR BIOGRAPHY OF SANDRA HARRIS.
Sandra Harris is a Dublin-based novelist, film blogger and movie reviewer. She has studied Creative Writing and Film-Making. She has published a number of e-books on the following topics: horror film reviews, multi-genre film reviews, womens' fiction, erotic fiction, erotic horror fiction and erotic poetry. Several new books are currently in the pipeline. You can browse or buy any of Sandra's books by following the link below straight to her Amazon Author Page:
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