Emanuelle’s Revenge (1975) aka “Emanuelle e Françoise (Le sorelline)”
directed by:Joe D’Amato
Pretty hard hitting and fairly impressive stuff here.Considering the fact that the ratio of the great versus hopeless movies that the great,late Joe D’Amato produced and directed is pretty balanced ,we can feel pretty fortunate that Emanuelle’s Revenge falls to the former category and is not a turkey like “Voodoo Baby” or “Papaya” for example.
Emanuelle (Lindt) is out to avenge her sister (Gori), who committed suicide after escaping from her sadistic lover Carlo (Eastman). So she chains him up in her basement, drugs him, and forces him to watch her having sex. Carlo starts hallucinating all kinds of bloody horrors and cannibalistic doings, so he decides he has to break free and kill Emanuelle.
Joe D’Amato’s carreer was the definition of the term “hit n’miss”.Only four out of the ten things that he penned (don’t take that literally as his filmography is enormous) were actually watchable,something like Jess Franco I assume.However,he was not a hack.He was a great director of photography and a passable director in need of a paycheck just like countless other DPs and directors of that era,hence the level of his work would often times come off as uninspired and consequently suffer.
Emanuelle’s Revenge is despite all facts,tense,depraved and radiates an aura of danger and perversion.While not a monumental exploitation flick like “Emanuelle in America” the film under presentation is a nice tale of betrayal and revenge and offers some very memorable sequences of pure sleaze,namely the hatchet scenes and the cannibalistic orgy.The rest of the film holds pretty well and is worthy of viewing if you are a Eurocult and Joe D’Amato fan.