10/19/2020 SHINING SEX (1976) Popular stripper Cynthia (Lina Romay) works at an upscale nightclub in the South of France. Additional cash opportunities arise from customers with a man named Andros (Raymond Hardy) requesting her services. Cynthia goes home with him and his partner Alpha (Evelyne Scott). Sex is the first order of business but things get less predictable when a foreign topical is administered on their guest's body. Cynthia then proceeds to do some unconventional assassinations which may include additional fucking. Are they masters of mind control or is there something deeper going on? Contrary to what critics of director Jess Franco claim, not all of his work happens to be erotic films. Shining Sex is however, yet there is enough lingering strangeness to make this a unique entry harder to properly classify. Special effects are minimal in this story of aliens, obscure dimensional realms, and otherworldly desire. It's the dialogue (and sex) that drives the narrative with mystic Dr. Seward (Jess Franco) trying to make sense of the paranormal, hopeful to intervene with good intent. Many lovely ladies are found in Franco's cinema. Lina Romay has always been my favorite (nude or dressed). Her undressed figure is odd this time since there is a glistening glaze slowly covering her body which might be a bit of distraction for some. Evelyne Scott is cold and aloof in comparison, but not without sex appeal. Monica Swinn plays a spiritualist on the hitlist. She can also be seen in Barbed Wire Dolls (1976), Love Camp (1977) and Wicked Women (1978) - all from Mr. Franco. Shining Sex likely will do little if anything to recruit new Franco fans, but for return patrons such as myself, this movie will push the right buttons.