Jesus Franco, the Spanish director best known for his work on post-1970s horror films like “The Mansion of the Living Dead” and “Vampyros Lesbos,” has died in Malaga of heart complications. He was 82.
During the course of his career, Franco directed close to 200 films. He worked in the Spanish film industry since the mid-1950s and dabbled in all manners of movie creation, including directing, acting, composing, producing, writing, editing and cinematography.
Franco’s first big success was the 1962 film “Gritos en la Noche,” released in the United States as “The Awful Dr. Orlof.” He became known for the way he mixed horror and eroticism in his films, and became a cult favorite. In the 1970s and 1980s, Franco transitioned to directing hardcore porn, but then return to horror in the late 1980s with “Faceless.” His wife and collaborator Lina Romay, who starred in many of his porn films, passed away in 2012.