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  • Format: Original recording remastered, Restored, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC, Import
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: Kino Lorber films
  • Release Date: Nov. 21 2011
  • ASIN: B005DKS20M

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Murder Obsession

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Murder Obsession June 4 2012
By Carlos E. Velasquez - Published on
Format: Blu-ray
"For centuries, theologians, philosophers, and poets have delved into the universe in search of proof of the existence of the devil. It would have sufficed to look into the depths of their own souls." This is some fascinating statement, don't you think? But, I suspect it is not taken from the classic "Dr Jekyll and Mr. Hyde." Rather, these are the words of Hieronimus A. Steinback, during the XVII Century, and they are precisely the ones used to open the enormously engrossing "Murder Obsession," an erotic, murder thriller that will keep you glued to your seat until the final credits.

Once we read the aforementioned quote, the film goes to a dramatic scene, in which a killer proceeds to strangle his lady victim. The scene is intense, as the assassin tries really hard to kill the woman. For our surprise, we suddenly hear, "Cut!", and realize that is was only a movie. However, Michael's (the actor, played by Stefano Patrizi) behavior worries his coworkers. Michael then decides to take a break from filming, and plans a trip to visit Glenda, his mother (Anita Strindberg), who lives at the countryside. He takes Deborah, his girlfriend (Silvia Dionisio); Hans Schwartz (Henri Garcin), the director; Shirley (Martine Brochard), the director's assistant; and Beryl (Laura Gemser - yes, "Black Emmanuelle's" Laura Gemser). Once there, they not only meet Michael's mother, but also Oliver (John Richardson), the scary butler. Right from the start, too, we discover that Michael's relationship with his mother is quite strange, yet strong - with an incestuous feel to it --, and that Michael killed his father when he was a child. And, you guessed right, the killings begin again, and it is your job to figure out who is doing it.

"Murder Obsession" (also called "Murder Syndrome), which Italian name is "Follia Omicida," was director Riccardo Freda's last film. It is said that is was Freda who made the first horror Italian thriller ("I Vampiri" - The Devil's Commandment, 1956), so "Murder Obsession" was quite the movie to close his long career. The film is colorful, with many twists and turns, and with plenty nudity, especially from, yes, your guessed again, Miss Gemser. Good stuff, believe me. I wonder what she is doing these days. By the way, while researching Hieronimus A. Steinback, I found out that his quote has also been used in other films. The Blu-ray edition includes a documented booklet about the film and the director, deleted scenes, interviews with some Italian composers and directors, and more. (Italy, 1981, color, 97 min plus additional materials)

Reviewed on June 3, 2012 by Eric Gonzales for RaroVideo.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Murder Obsession Jan. 20 2012
By Brian Schneidmiller - Published on
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This is not one of the best Giallos of the period. The production is low budget and the effects are crude, but if you are an Italian completest like I am, it is a must for your collection.
it is beautifully shot and the transfer is crisp and clean. The lead actor is also a hottie for the 70s-80s So thats a plus.... Its a good movie for a rainy dark night.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
For Whatever Reason, I Loved It Jan. 1 2014
By V. Risoli - Published on
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
"Murder Obsession" (AKA: "Follia Omicida," "Murder Syndrone", etc.) was directed by Riccardo Freda and is attributed as his last directorial effort, although he lived nearly another twenty years and gave his ideas to further films (He died in 1999). He was born in 1909 making him about seventy when he directed "Murder Obsession" (1980) and previously he directed some well known horror films in the sixties starring Barbara Steele like "The Terrible Dr. Hitchcock" and "The Spectre" (AKA: "The Ghost") and numerous sword and sandal epics, etc. and in 1957 is credited with directing Italy's first horror film, "I Vampiri." "Murder Obsession" (especially the Blu-ray edition) is very beautiful at times with exquisite cinematography by Cristiano Pogany and equally extraordinary music by Franco Mannino which beautifully complements the images Freda envisions with the help of screenwriter Antonio Cesare Corti. There are times when one wonders if Freda really is the maestro who can pull off making a success of the picture as elements of the picture like dream sequences feature many props, set pieces and familiar but off-putting gothic touches like the devoted but suspicious and eerie butler (played by John Richardson, who not even twenty years before had the leading roles in such pictures like Hammer's "She" opposite Ursula Andress (1965), or the setting of an eerie mansion and the giant rubber spiders and fake webs just out of a Roger Corman Poe quickie from the early sixties. Also in the very able cast are Anita Strindberg (so good in Sergio Martino's giallo "Your Vice is a Locked Room and Only I Have the Key"), Stefano Patrizi, Silvia Dionisio and Laura Gemser among others. Riccardo Freda also brought a lot of style to his pictures and beauty of the live flowers in many scenes, the playing of the classical music and the composition of images to depict great art and the fact that Freda and his co-workers bring all of these elements into near mastery. The very fine Blu-ray from Raro Video has the Italian version with removable subtitles and also a shorter English language version, cut scene footage, interviews including with S. Stivaletti and Claudio Simonetti and a booklet containing critical analysis. Having directed a number of video productions, I know how hard it is to keep a film from sinking with a low budget, this film ends up brilliantly on the final page, eliciting true terror in the viewer.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
No italian version, no subtitles July 13 2013
By Marianosan - Published on
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
The two stars are rather a rating of the DVD than the film itself. I bought this DVD because "Italian audio" and "New and improved English subtitles" are mentioned as DVD features on the backcover. But the DVD only contains the english dubbed version with no subtitles. The english subtitles are only in some italian inserted scenes.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Mama Knows Best Sept. 18 2012
By William Amazzini - Published on
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Raro Video has given Euro Horror fans an important release Directed by an icon of Italian cinema, Riccardo Freda. The film is known under so many titles that you need a scorecard: The Raro release is 'MURDER OBSESSION' aka 'FOLLIA OMICIDA'-1981 and the other titles in case you have already viewed them are 'DELIRIA', L'OSSESSIONE CHE UCCIDE', 'UNCONSCIOUS' , 'SATAN'S ALTAR', 'THE WAILING', 'FEAR', and 'MURDER SYNDROME'. Coming back from a sabbatical off an interesting failure from 9 years previous 'TRAGIC CEREMONY', this film blends all of Freda's visual styles from his early works with his then assistant Mario Bava and actress Barbara Steele fusing them into what I think is his best film. Working from a script co- written by Fabio Piccioni and Antonio Cesare Corti , he surpasses the usual slice and dice murder format and creates a compelling nightmare culminating into a down beat ending which will take you by surprise no matter how many thrillers you've seen. It has a first rate cast including genre stalwarts John Richardson who worked with Bava and Director Sergio Martino, Black Emmanuelle herself Laura Gemser, and the beautiful underrated Anita Strindberg who also worked with Director Martino and turns in one of her best performances as the mother of our main character played by Stefano Patrizi. Utilizing hallucinogenic flashbacks and dream sequences enhanced by the beautiful camera work of Cristiano Pogany and musical motifs blending Franz Lizst and Johann Sebastian Bach with an original score by Franco Mannino , the film emerges as part Giallo/ part supernatural but never crossing the line in overwhelming the audience. Raro Video releases it in a gorgeous 1.85 transfer in English and although there is a Blu-Ray release, it looks just as good. It also has added scenes which they discovered but unfortunately are in Italian with English subtitles. Extras include a booklet with notes on the film and a bio/filmography on Freda and a great 15 minute interview with Director /Special Effects man Sergio Stivaletti who explains how he got started with Director Dario Argento and worked with Angelo Mattei in creating the effects for this film under Freda's utter annoyance with him. Recommended for fans of Italian Horror, it emerges as Freda's most accomplished work and shows the importance of this great artist in the annals of cinema. Sadly, it would be his last film until working behind the scenes in 1987 as a second unit director for Bertrand Tavernier's 'LA PASSION BEATRICE'. He died in 1999 leaving behind a legacy of messages showing the many distortions which encompass the human mind.

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