Spain’s most prolific master of horror JESS FRANCO dead at  82.

Kike Mesa, director of the 2007 documentary Jess Franco: Way of Life, announced Franco's passing early this morning at the age of 82 on his Facebook page.

Franco is believed to have directed more than 200 films of the cinema fantastique genre and worked with Orson Welles on his never completed Don Quixote feature.

Francois is perhaps most known for the 1971 erotic vampire opus Vampyros Lesbos (1971), The Awful Dr. Orloff (1962), Venus in Furs (1968) The Blood of Fu Manchu (1968) with Chrisopher Lee in the titular role, Exorcism (1975), Bloody Moon (1981) and Faceless (1988).

Franco also enlisted Jean Luc Goddard's sci-fi secret agent Lemmy Caution (Eddie Constantine) from Alphaville to stop Attack of the Robots!

He often worked using pseudonyms and dabbled in more explicit XXX fare — often with his partner in crime Lina Romay.

Like many a low budget cult auteur before him Franco’s films were often critically panned but possessed a unique charm that won him  legions of fans worldwide.

Franco had been working on what was to be his final feature Al Pereira vs the Alligator Women when he succumbed to Prince Sirki – Death.

 Adios, amigo.