Tonight I "made it through" MACUMBA SEXUAL.
Actually, it's not the worst Franco I've seen (OASIS OF THE ZOMBIES), but in an 80 minute sex film you know your in trouble when your longing for more shots of the beauteous landscapes.
I'm open to debate about Franco's talent or maybe lack of effort at this time in his career, but Lina Romay just doesn't have whatever enigmatic allure Franco assigns to her in these roles, and this time it's all the more apparent since Ajita Wilson as the voodoo sex queen, is kind of a trip to behold. By contrast Romay is dumpy and unconvincing as she schleps about in Camel-toe shorts, writhes in endless ecstasy wearing only a thrift-store wig, or periodically shrieks in horror at a constantly reappearing voodoo fetish, which honest-to-god looks like a splayed rubber chicken with an erection. I think we're also supposed to be spooked by it too, but it's hard for me to imagine anyone not giggling at it's absurd appearance.
Scenes of the towering Wilson walking her leashed, nude sex-slaves across the desert sand-dunes are great, and I can see why they chose that image for the box cover, but that's pretty much the best of it. I guess since I heard of this outing as being one of Franco's "fever dreams" I was expecting some more visually bewildering, disorientating fun. Franco's pan-and-zoom technique doesn't bug me the way it does some, and he does swing some pretty nice compositions of desert terrain, which the quality of this transfer admirably displays.