Yesterday, the horror and exploitation communities suffered a great loss. Jess Franco is probably one of the most versatile directors and writers that I, personally, have written about. The man made almost every type genre of movie imaginable in his lifetime, his final work being Al Pereira vs the Alligator Women. It is unknown if the movie is finished or not though at the moment of his untimely death.
Franco was born in Madrid, Spain on May 12th, 1930. He was a Spanish film director, writer, cinematographer and actor whom got his big break on 1961 with the cult classic The Awful Dr. Orloff. He also gained American box office success with movies like Necronomicon ,Ninety-Nine Women, The Bloody Judge and Count Dracula. Despite not gaining commercial success, he directed over 100 films.
James also got the tag of being an adult film director due to the amount of nudity in his films. If he began to release X-rated films, his career would go down commercially until he returned back into low-budget horror flicks. In 2004, he released an autobiography entitled Memorias del tío Jess.
Franco passed away April 2nd, 2013, a little over a year after his wife, Lina Romay, passed away.of cancer. He was 82 years old, and the cause of death is unknown at this time. His passing was announced on his Facebook page by Kike Mesa, who directed 2007’s Jess Franco: Way of Life.