One rainy night, Dr. Garondet is summoned to the castle of Professor Orloff. Making it to the castle on foot, the good doctor meets Cecile, Orloff's daughter, a seemingly deranged girl who is convinced that an invisible phantom is at large on the premises. Orloff explains the story behind Cecile's insanity to the doctor--a tale involving premature burial, grave-robbing and flagellation--and invites him to stay over. As Garondet spends an uneasy night at the castle, he finds himself sharing in Cecile's delusions.
Perfect B movie
OK, so the plot is risible, the acting woeful, and the production values worthy of Ed Wood. However this early Eurocine outing is a great "B" movie- at least for those who understand cinematic irony.
Crumbling castles, dandyesque clothing and buxom wenches all give it the authentic sexploitation feel. The camera angles add that dangerous and unpredictable quality that only lovers of bad movies can really appreciate.
More than that, the film is best known for the most famous bush in cinematic history, that of Brigitte Carva. Oh for the days when women were not just plastic-packed crotch-shaven dollies! The women in this film are real, and the creaking plot makes their naked exploits all the more impressive. For collectors of the genre (or admirers of the hirsute), this B-flick is a must. The plot is only marginally of relevance.
Lame and Funny Euro Trash Sexploitation
The newcomer Dr. Garondet (Francis Valladares) is summoned by professor Orloff (Howard Vernon) but people in his village is afraid to go to his castle. The insistent Dr. Garondet reaches the castle and the servants send him to talk to Cécile Orloff (Brigitte Carva), who is the daughter of the professor and is worried about the mental health of her father. Dr. Garondet meets professor Orloff and he tells what happened to Cécile sometime ago and his experiment with an invisible man, and he explains that his daughter is deranged due to the reported incident. Dr. Garondet has to spend the night in the castle and soon he learns who is the insane in the castle.
"La vie amoureuse de l'homme invisible" is a lame and funny euro trash sexploitation by Pierre Chevalier, a wannabee of Jess Franco and Ed Wood. The silly story has poor acting, awful scenarios and gratuitous nudity. The rape of the servant by the invisible man and the bush of Brigitte Carva are scenes of so bad taste that become hilarious. My vote is four.
Howard Vernon strikes again!
ORLOFF AND THE INVISIBLE MAN (1971) *** Howard Vernon, Brigitte Carva, Fernando Sancho, Paco Valladares, Isabel del Río, Evane Hanska. In this 1971 French-Spanish co-production, the irrepressible Howard Vernon returns for his second turn as Dr. Orloff. This time, he's created an invisible man who feeds on human blood. It's fairly typical Eurosleaze fare: there's the usual muddled plot, cheap special effects (wait until you see the invisible `man'!) and a fair amount of gratuitous nudity (the rape of the servant girl by the invisible man, with shots of Vernon leering through the whole thing, is especially tasteless). But a good score, nice atmosphere and fairly brisk direction by Pierre Chevalier manage to keep things interesting.
Entertainingly silly junk
Young Dr. Garondet (likable Paco Valladares) goes to the castle of batty Dr. Orloff (the always reliable Howard Vernon in peak sinister form). At the castle Garondet meets Orloff's daughter Cecile (lovely Brigitte Carva) and runs afoul of Orloff's dangerous invisible man experiment. Boy, does this gloriously ghastly atrocity possess all the right wrong stuff to qualify as a real four-star stinkbomb: we've got plodding misdirection by Pierre Chevalier, ragged editing, poor dubbing, a talky script, sluggish pacing, crude, zoom-happy cinematography by Juan Fortuny and Raymond Heil, paltry (not so) special effects (the invisible maniac turns out to be some zhlub in a hopelessly cheesy and unconvincing ape suit!), and a limply staged and unexciting fiery climax. Naturally, there's also a generous sprinkling of tasty gratuitous female nudity. This movie reaches its hilariously inept apex with a protracted sequence depicting the invisible maniac raping a hapless maid. The supporting cast flounder with the patently ludicrous script: Isabel Del Rio as the bitchy, greedy, treacherous Marie, Fernando Sancho as Marie's despicable weakling accomplice, and Evane Hanska as a surly servant. Extra kudos are in order for Camille and Claude Sauvage's wildly inappropriate, but still insanely groovy finger-snapping swinging jazz score. In fact, this flick is downright Jess Francoesque in its endearingly awful crumminess. A complete schlocky hoot.
Unique but predictable
Everyone else's reviews on here pretty much say what I would say, however, I wanted to add that that music score is quite impressive. I usually don't listen to the music in a film unless it strikes me and this one stuck me as being more than just boring background music. Also, the lighting they used really gave the movie a unique feel. It seemed like everyone was lit up brightly with a light right in their face. It added much needed color to the film. Without the color and music, this movie would have been very drab. Also, the "horror" nature of this film focuses on rape more than anything gory or gross. The rape scene with the maid was too much for me to watch, I had to close my eyes. It seemed to go on forever. Quite unsettling and distasteful. And the ape suit guy was hilarious. Very far from the "superior race" of people the doctor thought he was creating. It seemed like just a dumb ape to me.
Who is This Jess Franco Pretender?
An evil scientist (Howard Vernon) creates a murderous, invisible ape-man.
Another reviewer said this was a standard Jess Franco film, by someone other than Franco. Yep, that pretty much sums it up -- we even have Howard Vernon as Dr. Orloff, a role he has filled well in the past, and the poor quality filming of people being tortured (by an unseen force).
I actually rather liked this one, and would say it exceeded the average Franco attempt. The special effects are a bit cheesy, but not bad for the time it was released and the presumably low budget. I am not sure if I could have done any better myself.
Now I want to learn more about Pierre Chevalier... he might have been a hidden gem. I will have to track down "Human Cargo" or "Panther Squad".
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