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Vampirewoman LINA ROMAY has died...

Published at: Feb. 25, 2012, 2:40 a.m. CST

 

LINA ROMAY, wife & muse of Spanish filmmaker Jess Franco died at the way too young age of 57 of cancer on Feb. 15, 2012. Old Father Geek had dinner with her & Jess a couple of years ago during FANTASTIC FEST in Austin. I had a wonderful time, they were a charming, very frank, & outgoing couple. Lina especially was all I expected and could hope for. I will miss her not being with us, however we still have her 200+ screen appearances to keep us company... 

Movie blogger Tim Lucas has written: "No other woman gave quite as much of herself to the fantastic cinema as Lina Romay. As Franco's muse, she inspired and facilitated as many as 200 or more films, and in many of them she withheld nothing of herself from his voracious camera, body or soul. Theirs was an ideal meeting of exhibitionist and voyeur, both giving generously to one another in one of cinema's most provocative love stories. As the years passed, Lina changed and her body changed, but it never mattered to Franco, who continued to star her and film her as if she were the most desirable woman on earth. This is not to say that Franco's adoration of her was blind; on the contrary, Lina became a skilled actress under his tutelage, acquitting herself admirably not only as vampire women and nymphomaniacs, but in roles requiring the deft touch of a light comedienne. She could carry a film without dialogue; she could be funny, tragic, insanely desirable, shocking, even embarrassing in ways that left one admiring her bravery."

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  • Feb. 24, 2012, 3:02 p.m. CST

    First R.I.P.

    by UltraTron

  • Feb. 24, 2012, 3:03 p.m. CST

    Sad News

    by puto tenax

    Too young...way too young.

  • Feb. 24, 2012, 3:07 p.m. CST

    Re: Also ...

    by ArmageddonProductions

    ... let's not forget one of her earliest cinematic appearances: playing herself in a vintage "Droopy" cartoon! If you want to see something truly surreal, Google it!

  • Feb. 24, 2012, 3:09 p.m. CST

    Kind of ugly.....but stokingly hot woman.

    by cookylamoo

    She was certainly not the shy type. Especially liked her with Claus Kinski in that Jack the Ripper movie and with Michelle Bauer in Lady Frankenstein.

  • Feb. 24, 2012, 3:19 p.m. CST

    Rolls Royce Baby...

    by Steve

    RIP

  • Feb. 24, 2012, 3:36 p.m. CST

    armageddonproductions > same name but not the same women

    by Gorgomel

  • Feb. 24, 2012, 3:36 p.m. CST

    Am I a loser cause I don't know who this is???

    by Tikidonkeypunch

  • Feb. 24, 2012, 3:52 p.m. CST

    Somehow in our dinner conversation...

    by fathergeek

    Lina mentioned Dizzy Gillespie & trumpet play'n, I commented that I played trumpet throughout middle & high school, she and Jess lit up and our talk got very personal and fun filled, talking jazz, Jess' trumpet play'n annnd his use of the instrument in his films. We ate some succulent Lamb tips in gravy on a thick bed of wild rice & varied mushrooms, annnd had a great hour long conversation... mostly Lina & I because Jess spoke little English and she lovingly acted as a go between me & Jess. Oh yeah, both Jess & Lina signed my "Venus in Furs" poster for me, TOOO COOOOL !!!

  • Feb. 24, 2012, 3:55 p.m. CST

    Jesus Franco rocks

    by Ditko

    And so does Rattner. X-Men 3 was better than it had any right to be. Bite me.

  • Feb. 24, 2012, 3:58 p.m. CST

    My favorite exploitation spanish director is José Ramón Larraz.

    by AsimovLives

    José Ramón Larraz actually had cinematic talent. He's like a thinking man's Jess Franco.

  • Feb. 24, 2012, 3:59 p.m. CST

    no pictures?

    by David T Lindsay

    c'mon

  • Feb. 24, 2012, 4 p.m. CST

    Glad You got to meet her man

    by Gore_monkey

  • Feb. 24, 2012, 4:01 p.m. CST

    anyway, 57 years is too young a age to die. Such sad news.

    by AsimovLives

  • Feb. 24, 2012, 4:07 p.m. CST

    armageddonproductions...

    by fathergeek

    There was an earlier Lina Romay, a jazz singer ala Betty Boop... she was a hero of the younger future Mrs. Franco who use her as a namesake... the singer died many years ago...

  • Feb. 24, 2012, 4:10 p.m. CST

    I thought she was hot when she was young.

    by grendel69

    But she didnt age very well. RIP

  • Feb. 24, 2012, 4:11 p.m. CST

    So long

    by frank

    and thanks for all the full frontal. RIP

  • Feb. 24, 2012, 4:19 p.m. CST

    tikidonkeypunch...

    by fathergeek

    Yes you are, buuut you can & should correct that. Lina was a huge & hot Spanish, French, & German horror & exploitation film industry star who became very popular with the USA's 1960's & 70's Drive-in movies & Art House crowd.

  • Feb. 24, 2012, 4:29 p.m. CST

    Venus in Furs...

    by fathergeek

    hit the States when Harry's mom & I were in the middle of film school... IT WAS REQUIRED THAT WE GO SEE IT !!! Which we did multiple times in those pre-video tape days....

  • Feb. 24, 2012, 5:02 p.m. CST

    here's a link to her site for a pic

    by Anthony Torchia

    http://www.lina-romay.com/ How come no pic? Seriously, is it a rights issue? This story makes little sense without a pic of how beautiful she was.

  • Feb. 24, 2012, 5:03 p.m. CST

    fuck is up with the font size?

    by Philip Tolken

    SKIPPED

  • Feb. 24, 2012, 5:07 p.m. CST

    ignore me

    by Anthony Torchia

    I think that's the wrong Lina

  • Feb. 24, 2012, 5:26 p.m. CST

    @skippy

    by Wally_West

    That's pretty funny, skippy, you definitely got the wrong Lina. Her pictures and vid clips are DEFINITELY NSFW, but also really, really hot. RIP hot vampire.

  • Feb. 24, 2012, 5:26 p.m. CST

    I thought it said Mitt Romney

    by Xen11

    I was like 'FUCK YES!!'

  • Feb. 24, 2012, 5:46 p.m. CST

    Sad to see her go so soon

    by baronweazle

    But her legacy will remain. Jesus Franco did countless films, most of them starring Lina Romay, and most of them not all that great. But they were always very distinct and Lina Romay had some undeniable screen presence and gave a lot of quite daring performances. R.I.P. Lina Romay

  • Feb. 24, 2012, 5:48 p.m. CST

    RIP to young to soon!

    by Professor_Bedlam

  • FACT. And RIP sweet girl.

  • it is an obit after all...

  • Feb. 24, 2012, 9:39 p.m. CST

    Re: fathergeek

    by ArmageddonProductions

    Holy cow, I honestly did not know that!!! I always assumed it was the same woman at a vastly different stage in her career, and by "vastly", I mean, it physically bothered me that somebody who showed up in a "Droopy" cartoon would, a few decades later, take a graphic piss in a soup pot that a bunch of semi-naked young women would eat from in the next scene in TENDER FLESH (Franco's version of "The Most Dangerous Game"). Glad to know a) I was wrong and b) a bit of bizarre trivia.

  • Feb. 24, 2012, 10:46 p.m. CST

    I was belittling the format of this article

    by buffywrestling

    before I realize who posted it too. But then I realized that Harry's Pop doesn't post a lot of articles nor does he contribute to the TB conversation that often. So I apologize & cut a sempai some respect. I'm sorry for the loss. m(__)m

  • Feb. 25, 2012, 2:24 a.m. CST

    Creepythinman

    by Beto

    I actually just pity you. You must be very lonely.

  • Feb. 25, 2012, 2:47 a.m. CST

    Finally! Creepythinman exposed as the fucking JACKASS that he is!

    by billydeewilliams

    I've been seeing this fucking losers posts for too long and his pathetic attention seeking FACT! at the end of every post.

  • Feb. 25, 2012, 3:06 a.m. CST

    Last pic in obit...

    by fathergeek

    Is of our dinner table @ the "Highball" (the Alamo's clubhouse/bar/cafe/bowl'n alley) next to the theater where Fantastic Fest, BNAT, etc are regularly thrown. R-L it is the late Lina Romay, video blogger Anne Heller, 80 year old Jess Franco, makeup artist David Gregory, annnd at this time Fathergeek was sitting on Lina's left just out of camera shot.

  • Feb. 25, 2012, 4:22 a.m. CST

    Throat Sprockets

    by grassh0pperunit

    Are you referring to the same Tim Lucas who wrote Throat Sprockets?

  • Feb. 25, 2012, 6:06 a.m. CST

    Resist the "RIP"

    by MisterManReturns

    It's not 1890.

  • Feb. 25, 2012, 6:43 a.m. CST

    She aged SO gracefully.

    by gotilk

    and performed just as gracefully.

  • Feb. 25, 2012, 8:36 a.m. CST

    The above pic

    by morescreennames

    What movie was that picture from?

  • Feb. 25, 2012, 8:54 a.m. CST

    are you sure that is jess franco and not shane macgowan?

    by axemurder

  • Feb. 25, 2012, 9:50 a.m. CST

    Rest in Peace Miss Romay ...

    by DrMorbius

    and thanks for the mammaries! Seems the BANHAMMER has fallen once again on CTM.

  • Feb. 25, 2012, 10:26 a.m. CST

    RIP. nice font btw

    by Matt Goodman

  • Feb. 25, 2012, 10:28 a.m. CST

    father geek- can you answer this question about Brian Cox?:

    by zom-bot.com

    did you at one time mistakenly think it was Brian cox playing Ash in ALIEN instead of Ian Holm, and does Harry continually mention it to see if you are paying attention- or is that just a story/excuse Harry made up one day after he mistakenly said Brian cox was in ALIEN and we gave him hell for it?

  • Feb. 25, 2012, 11:38 a.m. CST

    So she was a porno chick?

    by Rupee88

    I just did google image search on her name and shows her doing major lezzy action and blowing two guys at once. And no disrespect meant as porno women are cool how they think for themselves and are not slaves to the status quo. Anyway sad to lose a cool chick like this.

  • Feb. 25, 2012, 12:38 p.m. CST

    Father Geek

    by dukeroberts

    The singer died in December of 2010 at the age of 91.

  • Feb. 25, 2012, 2:17 p.m. CST

    Rupee, Romay was not...

    by Red Ned Lynch

    ...a porno chick. But I suppose you'd have to watch a couple or maybe three decades worth of European horror and exploitation films from early Bava through Soavi to understand the difference. There was a time when it was not mutually exclusive...and yeah, we used to wear onions on our belt, as was the fashion in those days. To understand the difference you probably had to be there. Glad you got to meet her and Franco, FG, but you hit the nail on the head when you pointed out that she left one hell of a lot of movies behind. Think I might watch Kiss Me, Killer this weekend, just for old times sake, and maybe follow it up with She Killed in Ecstasy, just to tip the hat to Soledad Miranda, another of Franco's muses who died too young.

  • Feb. 25, 2012, 3:09 p.m. CST

    red ned lynch

    by Rupee88

    yes "porno" is kind a dumb term anyway and "video erotica' is perhaps better. And still no need to pigeonhole... as "art" and people fucking in said art are not mutually exclusive.

  • Feb. 25, 2012, 4:52 p.m. CST

    Yeah, PORNO is what you get on...

    by fathergeek

    ...the WEB (its biggest industry). What Lina did was EROTICA (a big difference). Erotica was every where in the late 1960's & 70's before prudes like Reagan took it away, leaving us with only the tight twitching constant closeups of cunts & dicks we're showered with on the web. Yeah, we're better off without all the drama, storyline, and character thrown in that make it erotic, instead of just cum strown...

  • Feb. 25, 2012, 7:27 p.m. CST

    c3po...

    by Red Ned Lynch

    ...stick with movies made before about 1985. Maybe even before 1980. There's Female Vampire, of course, which I first saw under the title Erotic Kill, I think. And Rolls Royce Baby, which is pretty racy but stylish. I really like Kiss Me Killer, but it might not be the best movie to start out with if you're unfamiliar with Franco's work. Lorna The Exorcist, The Marquise Von Sade (which got a pretty good DVD release a few years back). There's The Brutal Nights of Linda, but that ones pretty extreme. Maybe that for a start, though there are a couple of wip movies I can't think of the titles of and I'm sure I'm forgetting at least a few of the big ones.

  • Feb. 25, 2012, 7:29 p.m. CST

    She had a part in one...

    by Red Ned Lynch

    ...of the later Zombi movies. Maybe Killing Birds, but I wouldn't swear to it.

  • Feb. 25, 2012, 7:40 p.m. CST

    Erotica was every where...before prudes like Reagan took it away...

    by SutureSelf

    Thereby proving that fact-free political opinions don't skip a generation.

  • Feb. 25, 2012, 8:51 p.m. CST

    suture and bucket...

    by Red Ned Lynch

    ...FG overstated his position. This much is certainly true. There were a number of factors that combined to kill off the style of genre and even mainstream films that were made in the sixties and seventies, from cool stuff like Vadim's God Created Woman or Barbarella to the grittier stuff cats like D'Amato and Franco were making. The first in this series of events was the ability of filmmakers to get away with hardcore at all in films exhibited in theaters. And you can see how that changed the films of all the exploitation filmmakers of the time, from Metzger on. And it can certainly be argued that the need to include full length sex scenes did diminish the quality of the work of these directors. It can also be argued that there was, at least in this stage, a trade-off, with the explicit content bringing a level of eroticism to their work that could not have been present before. The second, far more serious blow, was the birth of video. Guys wanting to jack-off in a booth or knock off a quick one on the sofa before the wife got home form the store didn't need to know the context for why they were watching Franz and Babette and Lenore making a flesh pyramid on the living room floor. They just needed to see it and still have time to clean up. But their was still a market for the old school stuff, and you can see the truth of that even in the horrible Shannon Tweed/Andrew Stevens style erotic thrillers that survived into the eighties. But yes, the third blow was the Reagan revolution. The Edwin Meese/Jerry Falwell love affair had a singularly chilling effect across both the adult and the near adult industry. XXX films endured because the will of the market was so strong. But compare the pornography made in the eighties to that in the seventies and the change in the content is startling. XXX took over the market and became a billion dollar business but it also became largely vanilla. And along with that it lost most of its remaining context. The story became just an excuse to get to the sex, with rarely more than a minute or two passing between sex scenes. The effect on remaining shot on film makers of erotica/erotic horror/erotic-fill-in the-genre was much worse. They were already operating on the margins, producing a more expensive to make product that was heavily dependent on the American market. It was the context that was most objected to in the American market. It was almost always the context, not the fact that a film was showing sex, that made the Moral Majority jump. Generic triple X was safer for exhibitors and distributors. So time passes, the culture wars move on and now you can watch a whole website full of anal prolapse videos. But you can't see even a Tanya Roberts level erotic thriller on Cinemax because they've discovered it's cheaper and just as financially rewarding to show some of the tamer pornos with the insertions and money shots cut out. Maybe those sort of movies would have died out without the Meese/Falwell years, but they certainly hastened their demise. And by creating a paradigm where it was okay to see the dirty thing as long as you didn't do so with a viewpoint you can have people nailing the parts of other people onto boards as long as it's just the act but an attempt to make a film with even the mildest mix of sex and ideas (outside of the occasional serious movie made for limited release) is either marginalized or rendered impossible. For the silliest example, do you think Barbarella could be made today, retaining any hint of the comedic perversity that was essential to charm of the original? Do you think it would even be rated R? You can argue that this comes from changing tastes in the movie going public and you would likely be right. But those tastes were shaped in a landscape that had been made hostile to the type of movie that mixed real erotica with actual ideas. Think East of Eden or the remake of And God Created Woman or any of another hundred examples. My personal feeling is things might have gone the same way anyway, but certainly not as quickly, and perhaps with a larger remaining niche for those films.

  • Feb. 25, 2012, 8:54 p.m. CST

    Jeezey-creezy...

    by Red Ned Lynch

    ...I did a their there. Maybe I should read before I post. Or an edit function wouldn't hurt.

  • Feb. 26, 2012, 4:45 a.m. CST

    LOL@Fathergeek using words like cunt and dick.

    by Stalkeye

    Come on, Pops you should be setting an example for us raunchy younglings. Such crude language I tells ya. *SCOFFS*

  • Feb. 26, 2012, 4:47 a.m. CST

    BTW What did creepy say this time to get himself banned?

    by Stalkeye