Un delitto poco comune
This Italian obscurity by sadist director Ruggero Deodato has been given a new lease of life (perhaps its only ever lease of life on UK shores) thanks to the efforts of Shameless Screen Entertainment. But after sitting through this retarded mess you may well ask why did they bother? A vast number of gialli from the 1980’s remain in DVD distribution limbo, and on this evidence we should be thankful for that mercy. Most gialli take a poetic license with narrative structure, gaping plot holes and yawning chasms of devastated continuity are the order of the day. But many of them emerge as pleasurable and entertaining because of their attention to wildly exaggerated and inventive set pieces, and their funky soundtracks. Unfortunately this cinematic excrement from Mr. Deodato lacks style and narrative cohesion, and it’s so hamstrung by an incompetent screenplay by Gianfranco Clerici, Vincenzo Mannino and Gigliola Battaglini (a multitude of writers usually indicates a disaster) that even excellent actors like Donald Pleasence and Michael York are unable to save the day. Deodato is of course well renowned for his sick but deceptively well made circus of sadism Cannibal Holocaust (1980) and the even more reprehensible and shatteringly dull The House on the Edge of the Park (1980). If one is expecting the ferocity shown in either of those films, then you will be sadly disappointed. For not only is this badly plotted, but it is also very tame by gialli standards, and especially by the base standards of Deodato.
© Shaun Anderson - 2010