Jesus Franco Dies; Director Was 82


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Cult film director Jesus Franco has died. He was 82.

According to a report from the National Enquirer, Franco died on the morning of April 2, though the cause of death has not been revealed. He was reported to have been working on his latest movie, titled Al Pereira vs. the Alligator Women.

Franco began his career in 1961 with the cult classic The Awful Dr. Orloff, which features a killer who attempts to steal women's faces. He went on to direct well over 100 movies, most of them low-budget horror, exploitation, or sexploitation. He was fond of using pseudonyms in the credits of his movies, and often went under the names Jess Franco and Clifford Brown. Though he never found mainstream success, he became well-known in cult-horror fandom for movies such as Dracula, Prisoner of Frankenstein, Oasis of the Zombies, and Vampyros Lesbos.