Venus in Furs, also known as Paroxismus, is an erotically charged 1969 thriller about a musician caught between murder and obsession. On an Istanbul beach, jazz trumpeter Jimmy (James Darren, Moondoggie from "Gidget") finds a mutilated corpse of a beautiful woman (Maria Rohm). He recognizes her from a party on the previous night, when he noticed her with the host, a playboy millionaire, Ahmed (Klaus Kinski). Confused and fearful of getting involved, Jimmy heads to Rio, where he finds solace with a singer, Rita (Barbara McNair) until Wanda (Maria Rohm, again) enters the picture. Wanda is an identical match to the murdered woman, but rather than explore the mystery of her appearance, Jimmy gets involved in a secret world of dark sexual appetites. Director Jesse Franco mixes supernatural elements with mystery, exotic locations and a moody jazz score by Manfred Mann. Scenes of sexual violence, bloody corpses and sadomasochism make this film best suited for mature audiences.