- Format: Original recording remastered, Restored, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
- 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
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- Studio: Kino Lorber films
- Release Date: Nov. 21 2011
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- ASIN: B005DKS20M
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #74,424 in Movies & TV Shows (See Top 100 in Movies & TV Shows)
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A horro film masked as a giallo.
on February 1, 2016 - Published on Amazon.com
this is one of the more deranged films to come foom the 1980's Italian horror film bonanza. The giallo , or crime horror flick had faded away after 11 years at the top. And 400 movies. What were they to do? Well the Italians went horror big time and this lasted for ten years until the whole italian film industry basically collapsed for good. mainly. But at this time they were churning out horror films and it was working for them. This one features screen goddess anita stringbergs' last film , as she had had enough , and in this one she plays a guys mom who is near her age. SO , she probably said. That's it , I am done. Which is a shame. but by now she's 70 years old or near it. This film features witchcraft and incest , but like I said. anitas fine and supposedly the character used witchcraft not to age. And she wants her son , who is her husband reincarnated to come back to her. So it's a nice deranged moive on many levels. It was like they were making a giallo about a murderer and then threw in horror. In real giallos the murderers were not supernatural. They were slasher films with style or not. This was made in 1981 and giallos had only died in 1980. sooo. The picture looks the best it's been since it was shown at theaters back in the early 80's. we have good acting in this one but it's a horror film in the end . part of the great 80's italain horror fest that ended in 1992 or so. As the whole Italian film industry bascially died and became a shadow of itself. Here we have a horror film masked as a giallo. sort of.
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For Whatever Reason, I Loved It
on January 1, 2014 - Published on Amazon.com
"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.
Arthouse, sleaze and gothic in a single piece...
on July 21, 2017 - Published on Amazon.com
This movie was made from a virtually non-existent plot and without a reasonable budget. However, you can see why Riccardo Fredda is reputed to be one of the greatest horror film directors in Italy. Rarely have I seen a movie this nice to watch throughout, just because of the staging, lighting and settings. The restoration work looks incredibly nice on Blu-ray. The great minimalist piano score is also a plus. Good interviews and extras, even though Claudio Simonetti from Goblin or the Albanesi guy don't really have anything to do with the movie. A giallo thriller "premise," not a very plausible one, made like an old gothic movie, with a very arthouse directorial approach and, at the same time, tons of nudity, gore, -not very well executed, but great in concept- and sleaziness, which is expected in this kind of movies. Recommended!