Thursday, February 23, 2012

In Memory of Lina Romay (1954-2012)

News spread like wildfire through the Internet today that actress Lina Romay – real name: Rosa María Almirall – longtime companion, muse, and caregiver of director Jess Franco, died from cancer on February 15th at the age of 57.  This is a tremendous blow to the cult film community, perhaps more than most people realize.  Romay worked with Franco on well over one hundred films, not only as an actress, but as a writer, an editor, and a co-director, enabling him to become possibly the most prolific director of all-time.  Not all of these films were "good", but they had a unique sense of style and atmosphere that continues to entrance and fascinate.  Lina was a trouper – you'll see why if you do an unfiltered Google image search – and I, for one, will miss her terribly.  I can't even begin to imagine how poor Jess feels, being in such bad health these days.  R.I.P., dear Lina.

Here are some of Lina's movies that I recommend watching.  This list isn't as long as it should be, because I still have to watch a lot of them.  There are so many!

Female Vampire (1973)
Lorna the Exorcist (1974)
Jack the Ripper (1976)
Ilsa, the Wicked Warden (1977)
Exorcism (1979)
Revenge in the House of Usher (1982)
Lulu's Talking Ass (1986) - Haven't watched this yet, but the title alone makes it a must-see.

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