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Goregirl’s Dungeon on YouTube: Piero Umiliani – Luna d’agosto

Posted in Italy, movies with tags , , , , , on August 7, 2013 by goregirl

A long past due slideshow of the lovely Edwige Fenech with music from Mario Bava’s 1970 film 5 Dolls for an August Moon – Piero Umiliani – Luna d’agosto. How could I not have posted a slideshow of Edwige Fenech images before now? Introducing the Giallo-licious Ms. Edwige Fenech…

STRIP NUDE FOR YOUR KILLER (1975) – The Dungeon Review!

Posted in horror, Italy, movies with tags , , , , , , , , on October 13, 2010 by goregirl

It was Edwige Fenech’s name that got my attention but I was dying of curiosity to see what director Andrea Bianchi’s version of a giallo would look like. Bianchi has directed some pretty entertaining but absurd and unintelligible films. Much to my surprise Bianchi who wrote and directed, puts together a decent little film with a plot that is actually coherent. Of course, it is also sleazy, cheesy and violent! Even if you despised the film you certainly couldn’t say Strip Nude For Your Killer doesn’t live up to its titular promise!

The film opens with model Evelyn dying of a massive coronary while having a back-alley abortion. The horrific event initiates a chain of deaths starting with the man who performed the abortion. Soon Evelyn’s former co-workers at the Albatross Modeling Agency begin turning up dead.
Strip Nude For Your Killer is a whodunit with plenty of red herrings to throw you off the scent. Among the players is photographer Carlo, an aggressive, overly confident ladies man who sometimes gets a little rougher than necessary. The seemingly sweet Magda, Carlo’s assistant, shows her catty side when introduced to his newest model discovery, the shapely Lucia. Lucia clearly has her own agenda and is even willing to get into bed with the boss to further her career. The boss Giselle is a hard, unsmiling, manipulative woman who has a preference for the ladies but is married to the sweaty obese Maurizio. Maurizio can’t keep his eyes off the merchandise especially model Doris. Everyone in the entire film is a suspect but with every corpse the list of possibilities gets slimmer.

Strip Nude For Your Killer may have shades of Bava’s Blood And Black Lace but it definitely has the Bianchi signature. You get nudity in the first scene and there is plenty more where that came from! Everyone gets naked, even the portly Maurizio strips down to his giant undies. There is a significant body count and the violence is plentiful. It is not as gory as Bianchi’s later films, but it is considerably bloodier than other giallo from the period. It does however lack the stylistic visuals of its peers. But what it lacks in style it makes up with substance. Not substance where it relates to the story however. Hell no! While it may be more coherent than the directors other films it isn’t exactly original. But Bianchi gets big points for giving the viewer an all you can eat buffet of exactly what they came for; nudity and death!

There are all sorts of displays of 70’s machoism throughout the film. In one particularly ugly display Carlo loses his patience and grabs Magda by the throat. He controls himself and let’s go before choking her to death. It isn’t so much the act I found odd, it is actually Magda’s reaction to it. She looks mildly disturbed for a second and goes back to reading the newspaper like nothing happen. The acting is decent but the insanely adorable Edwige Fenech is definitely the highlight. She’s like a delightfully uninhibited Nancy Drew getting naked and sleuthing her way through the film.

Strip Nude For Your Killer is an entertaining 70’s giallo that might be thin on story and not all that original but its thick with what its subtle title promises. It’s lively, fun and there is death, nudity and Edwige Fenech. Recommended.

Dungeon Rating: 3.5/5

Directed By: Andrea Bianchi

Starring: Edwige Fenech, Nino Castelnuovo, Femi Benussi, Solvi Stubing, Amanda, Franco Diogene, Lucio Como, Erna Schürer

THE STRANGE VICE OF MRS. WARDH (1971) – The Dungeon Review!

Posted in horror, Italy, movies with tags , , , , , , , , on May 17, 2010 by goregirl

I ended up watching The Strange Vice Of Mrs. Wardh on the last day of Italian horror month and didn’t get a review done. Since a month had passed, I decided I should watch it again. Despite knowing how it ends I actually enjoyed this film even more the second time around. Edwige Fenech may be the greatest female star of Giallo ever! This has been my favourite entry from Sergio Martino so far. It has all the elements that make these films so appealing to me; sex, sleaze and violence and Fenech is the cherry on top!

The Strange Vice of Mrs. Wardh opens with a prostitute getting into a car and being slashed to death by an unknown assailant. We then meet Neil and Julie Wardh as they arrive at the airport after a business trip to the US. Neil goes off to do some business sending Julie home by cab on her own. The cab is stopped on route by a cop and the driver and Julie are asked to hand over identification. It is revealed that a serial killer has been terrorizing the area and another woman’s body has just been found. As the cab continues on to Julie’s destination she has a flashback that reveals what her titular strange vice is. Apparently Julie likes her sex rough and bloody. Although this excites her in the moment she is also completely repulsed by this dark side of herself. In order to put this past behind her she has married Neil Wardh but her ex-lover is still obsessed with her. When a third man, the cousin of a close friend shows interest, she can’t seem to help herself. Julie has problems! Julie Wardh is a woman conflicted. She has an air of self-importance but also a serious self-loathing. The sight of blood excites and repulses her and she completely falls apart, breaking down completely and fainting in men’s arms. I wondered often if things could possibly end well for Julie Wardh.

Unlike her role in Your Vice Is A Locked Room and Only I have the Key where Edwige Fenech plays a confident, cheeky little minx, in this one she is definitely the woman in peril. Unlike many of her peers playing the victim, she never strikes me as an air-headed ditz. As always she gives an intriguing and memorable performance. Fenech is the cat’s ass! She gets some pretty solid support too. Martino regulars Ivan Rassimov and George Hilton are two of the men in Julie’s life. Rassimov, the man of a thousand hair don’ts always brings a sleazy charm to his roles. He plays Jean, Julie’s ex-lover, fellow vicer and giver of roses with creepy notes. Hilton plays the new lover, handsome cousin of her best friend Carol. That Coppertone tan, sideburns and swaggering confidence screams of the decade! This is the first I can recall seeing of Conchita Airoldi who plays Carol. Airoldi plays Carol as a hideously bitchy socialite type with a rather glib sense of humour. Finally Alberto de Mendoza who plays Julie’s hubby Neil Wardh gets a bit overshadowed by the bigger personalities here. Mendoza is seemingly the older and wiser of the players but acts as a pretty good leveller.

This is a pretty meaty film for the very early 70’s. In the first 15 minutes we see a woman slashed with a razor, Fenech naked and slapped around until she’s bleeding from the mouth and two women ripping the dresses off of each other at a party. Missing in The Strange Vice Of Mrs. Wardh is the dramatic drawn out classic chase and kill scene. The films serial killer makes pretty quick work of the ladies he slashes to death. Truth be told, the violence isn’t very graphic and certainly there are other Giallo that offer more in this regard. But what it might lack here it makes up for in so many other ways! There are almost as many red herrings as there are boobs and there is a twist ending, and then another twist and yet another! An unholy trinity of twists that was as satisfying as cold beer in a frosty glass on a sizzling hot day. There are absolutely amazing location shots in both Italy and Spain and kick ass sets and set pieces. The Wardh’s apartment with its spaceship doors and obnoxiously busy wallpaper is swingingly seventieslicous! Martino’s stylish filming and care for detail shines as bright as chrome. Amazing shots like Jean smashing a wine bottle that shatters and flies through the air onto Julie’s naked body; the two fucking as the broken fragments lacerate their flesh and blood trickles from their wounds is a thing of lavishly kinky beauty.

The Strange Vice of Mrs. Wardh is a perfect example of all the reasons I love Giallo and all things 1970’s. My highest of recommendations!

Dungeon Rating: 5/5

Directed By: Sergio Martino

Starring: George Hilton, Edwige Fenech, Conchita Airoldi, Manuel Gil, Carlo Alighiero, Ivan Rassimov, Alberto de Mendoza, Bruno Corazzari

YOUR VICE IS A LOCKED ROOM AND ONLY I HAVE THE KEY (1972) – The Dungeon Review!

Posted in horror, Italy, movies with tags , , , on March 10, 2010 by goregirl

This is my first viewing of Sergio Martino’s ‘Your Vice Is A Locked Room And Only I have The Key’. The only other title I seen from Martino was ‘Torso’. I definitely need to check out more of Martino’s films! I will watch and review at least one more before the month is over. In the meantime, let me tell you about this little nugget with the ridiculously long name.

Oliviero Rouvigny is an author suffering from serious writers block. He is an abusive alcoholic in a loveless marriage to wife Irina and regularly seeks affection from other women. He arranges a rendezvous with a young woman working in a local bookstore. He learns from a police detective the next morning that the woman had been slashed to death. Suspicions run rampant and bodies begin to pile up. Oliviero’s life becomes even more complicated when a niece invites her self to stay with the unhappy couple.

‘Your Vice Is A Locked Room And Only I Have The Key’ is a twist on Edgar Allen Poe’s ‘The Black Cat’. The films strongest element is its incredible character development and performances by its three leads. ‘Your Vice’ is highly psychological and wallows in human cruelty. There is also a significant body count and a bit of the red stuff. The films weaker moments occur when it wanders off into territory that isn’t really relevant to the central plot. For instance, there is a lengthy motorcycle race scene that was really unnecessary. There is also a red herrings thrown in pertaining to the first two murders that I didn’t think worked all that well. It throws you off track, but it briefly messes with the films vibe. In the end however, these flaws felt pretty minor.

In the opening scene, Oliviero Rouvigny is hosting a party. He is going on yet another drunken rant about his dead mother. His wife Irina doesn’t feel like drinking, and in response Oliviero has the guests pour the remainder of their libations into a bowl, which he then forces her to drink. After Irina runs from the room he continues by making an unsavoury comment about their black maid. One of the guests starts singing and soon the room is singing along while a loan female dances naked on the dining table. The musical interlude scared the shit out of me; I thought I was about to watch the giallo version of ‘Hair’! Worry not; this is the films one and only musical interlude! The scene closes with Oliviero having sex with Irina on the floor while she wears his dead moms dress. So in the first brief scene we establish Oliviero has mom issues, he’s a bad host and an abusive drunk. But this is a Giallo, and all may not quite be as it appears. The relationship between Oliviero and Irina is impressively venomous and bitter. Their dialog and interactions are one of the films best features and they are a fascination to watch every minute they are on screen.

Anita Strindberg plays Irina nervous and twitchy and utterly distraught, while Luigi Pistilli plays the alcoholic and abusive husband somewhat reserved. The two play off each very well and carry the film beautifully. But as awesome as these two stand out performances are it is niece Floriana played by Edwige Fenech who steals the show. She invites herself to stay with the couple and seduces both Irina and Oliviero and plays them against each other. This sassy little minx owns the Floriana character and pulls off one of the most memorable performances I have ever seen in a giallo.

I thoroughly enjoyed ‘Your Vice Is A Locked Room And Only I have The Key’. It is a well-paced, moody, psychological head trip with a great score from Bruno Nicolai. The dialog is smart, biting and occasionally humorous and the outstanding character development really elevates this one! Viva Giallo! Highly recommended!

Dungeon Rating: 5/5

Directed By: Sergio Martino

Starring: Edwige Fenech, Anita Strindberg, Luigi Pistilli, Ivan Rassimov, Franco Nebbia, Riccardo Salvino, Angela La Vorgna, Enrica Bonaccorti, Daniela Giordano, Ermelinda De Felice, Marco Mariani, Nerina Montagnani