Macumba sexual (1983)

Princess Obongo, the Goddess of Unspeakable Lust, uses dark powers to ensnare a hapless couple of yuppies, so that she can imbue them with evil and conquer the world.

While vacationing on the Canary Islands Alice Brooks (Lina Romay) is haunted each evening while she dreams by a woman named Tara. Alice one day is contacted by her boss who informs her of a client named Princess Obongo (Ajita Wilson) who is interested in buying some property in Atlantic City. Reluctant to take the job at first her husband convinces her to go visit this mysterious woman known as Princess Obongo.

What is real and what is a dream? These are two things in Macumba Sexual and Jess Franco’s films in general that play an integral part too many of his most memorable films. After years of blurring the line between what is real and what is a dream Franco finally created a film with Macumba Sexual that perfectly captures the essence of a waking nightmare.

His direction in Macumba Sexual is superb as he never over uses any technique to the point it where it feels like he wants you to know you are watching a film. The film is filled with striking imagery and the shot that it without a doubt the most memorable is the one where Ajita Wilson as Princess Obongo is holding a man and woman on leashes as they walk beside her like dogs. The sex in this film is not as graphic as it is in some of his more erotic based films. There are many disturbing images in the film and some of them border on vulgar.

Lina Romay under the alias “Candy Coster” does a wonderful job capturing Alcie’s downward spiral into depravity. The films most stand-out performance is that of Ajita Wilson as Princess Obongo. She steals every scene she is in. Jess Franco’s cinema in not for everyone and while his hard core fans will appreciate Macumba Sexual. Those who are uninitiated into the world of Mr. Franco may want to start with something more accessible like his Orloff films or the Red lips films. Overall Macumba Sexual is Jess Franco’s last great film.