Finally i got to see this legendary giallo and as the US and European
blu-ray releases are almost impossible to get hold of (probably released
very costly and strictly limited editions .... an annoying trend as
every genre lover should be able to see such an interesting and good
So, i had to find another way. I would like to
see every giallo and eurocrime ever made in Italy and Spain approx.
1965-1985 .... and horrors too,
and especially then the Spanish ones. BUT, NO, NOPE .... Some are released
on DVD (or blu-ray) only in Spain, and then with no english subs,
or are lost in some public domain quagmire, maybe only found on old
scratchy VHS with no known film element to restore.
If one will have to wait for a properly restored film release on DVD
or, preferrably, on a Blu-ray of all the 1970's Spanish gialli you would
be long since dead when that happens. So you have to watch rips of old
TV or VHS cassettes or slightly newer DVD rips on either "alternative"
market" discs or on streaming video on e.g. Youtube. There's sadly
no other way.
This DVD had a widescreen presentation in fine quality
and with an english audio.
It's very nicely shot with crisp picture and slick looking, and there
are some scenes tucked on from other film sources (these are in italian
subs). Italian composer and jazz musician Giorgio Gaslini provides another
fine soundtrack, and as i'm no music expert i only recently started
take notice about the music composed for these genre movies and how
great these soundtracks often are. Gaslini made the cool soundtrack
for the 1974 5 Donne per l'assassino
Farley Granger as Police inspector Capuana
Eufemia Benussi as Serena, victim no. 2 in the film
Starts with a nasty crime scene. A woman from the high
social caste, the young wife of a general, is lying nude on her bed,
viciously stabbed to
death and with a photo of her and her lover left at the scene. Then
Serena (Femi Benussi) is found stabbed to death after a strange set-piece
slowmotion where the giallo killer dressed in black can be seen with
a stocking over his face chasing Serena on the beach. Also in this case
with photos of her and her lover thrown at her dead body afterwards.
The police investigation is lead by Inspector Capuana (Farley Granger)
and they chase a serial killer who targets high society women who has
lovers, probably married unfaithful wives. Guilty of adultery in the
mind of the killer, even though their husbands seem to have lovers too.
Yes, the Giallo killer sports a stocking over his/hers
face, a black stocking, but otherwise exactly according to the rules
once set up by the great
Mario Bava in his 1964 genre milestone Blood and Black Lace. Pic below:
"No, i'm not Cameron Mitchell !"
The Lovely Sylva Koscina
Barbara (Sylva Koscina) is married to inspector Capuana
and she and her high society women friends are all at risk .... if they've
and everyone seems to have. This film is really a parade of gorgeous
women seen in the nude: Femi Benussi, Nieves Navarro alias
Susan Scott, Krista Nell and yes, also, Sylvia Koscina. But why so infamous
? Maybe because of the version of the film called Penetration
which had hardcore inserts, something Farley Granger didn't much like.Well,
more about this can be read on IMDB and elsewhere.
The Slasher is the sex maniac! ? No, he or she is not.
Just stabs them to death without any sexual assaults, so the title or
titles of this film
is a bit sleazier than necessary and which probably added to this film
being unjustly infamous. It's a pretty good Giallo, and the unusual
ending, if pitch-black and depressing, maybe even makes this film a
Great Giallo. Yes, the women too, just beautiful. And, i like Farley
Grangers acting style, very toned down. One of these once famous A-list
actors in Hollywood who somehow came to Italy and acted in
some lovely Euro B movies, as e.g. the 1972 Turkish-Italian production
La Rossa dalla pelle che scotta.
Krista Nell as Renata. She died much too young in
Angela Covello as Bettina, the lawyer's daughter
The inspector ponders the case: "I keep thinking i have the answer,
but there's still something missing" .... hmm, never heard that
before in a giallo, or ...?
OK, OK, i give up! Sure, it was a bit sleazy due to
the abundance of nudity, but i'm not sure if there has ever been such
a bevy of
beauties in the same giallo movie as here. Angela Covello plays the
lawyer's daughter and Annabella Incontrera plays his wife,
and she manages to keep her clothes on, almost, i think.
Who's the killer? Is it the weird mortuary assistant, is it the slick
lawyer Santangeli (Silvano Tranquilli) who beds Lilly the hot neighbor
and who is played by genre favourite Nieves Navarro, the Spanish turned
Italian actress who also called herself Susan Scott.