Saturday, August 31, 2013

Trhauma (Trauma)

Directed by Gianni Martucci (who also directed Milano…difedersi o morire and wrote the scripts for Gianfranco Piccoli's Il Fiore dai petali d'acciaio and Alfonso Brescia's Ragazza tutta nuda assassinata nel parco) Trhauma doesn't reach the same sleazy heights as Giallo Venezia and Play Motel, two of the other infamous gialli made in 1979.  
This is more of a slasher where a group of friends heads out to a country villa and get pick off one by one. There's is little doubt as to identity of the killer and the twist is bascially revealed by the prologue. It's a low budget affair with a poor actors and mediocre direction. There really is very little to recommend about the film, but it's mercifully short at 78 minutes.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Delitto carnale (Killing of the Flesh)

Delitto carnale turned out to be both Cesare Canevari and Marc Porel last film. Marc Porel sadly died later on during the year and Cesare Canevari (who had previously directed the mildly entertaining Iena a Casaforte, western Mátolo and Ajita Wilson vehicle La Principessa Nuda) never directed another feature again.   

The film seems more of an exploitation/softcore film with giallo elements added to it than anything else. A group of relatives gather at a hotel to sort of the inheritance after their uncle and end up having sex. A lot of sex. Apparently it was shot in a "hard version" as well and it seems likely considering that the first 50 or so minutes are just a succession of sex scenes. A dead body turns up, but there really is no plot to speak of, there is no characterization and certainly no suspense. 
It really is as close to the bottom of the barrel as you're going to get if you're a giallo fan. I recommend you stay well clear of this unless you're hellbent on seeing every giallo ever made.