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Maria Luisa Geisberger,
A fleeing felon believes he sees a body being buried in the garden of a Swiss villa one night just before his arrest. Thirteen years later, he's released from prison and comes back, thinking he can blackmail the three people there: a governess and her son, and the daughter of the missing (and presumed dead) owner of the estate. The daughter rules the roost. She may also be unhinged, going into murderous trances when men take her in their arms. Men menace women; sexual assaults are close at hand. Everyone seems to have their own horrifying memories. Is there a mystery to unravel? Will the dying end? Written by
Entertaining and sleazy psychedelic-giallo-exploitation flick
To be honest, "In the Folds of the Flesh" doesn't exactly have a coherent or compelling murder mystery storyline. If that's what you're looking for, there's much better Giallos out there, such as "Don't Torture a Duckling" or "The Bird With the Crystal Plumage". However, if you're a fan of swinging European exploitation flicks with a touch of psychedelics for extra flavoring, than you're bound to enjoy this little treat. The plot, as mentioned, is a bit confusing. There is a story, but its rather difficult to piece together and has many holes. It involves a murderer on the run from the law who thinks he sees a body being buried in a wealthy socialite's backyard. Thirteen years later, he returns to attempt to get money out of her in order to not hand her over to the police. However, the socialite and her son and daughter are a bit depraved themselves, taking pleasure in incest and even murder. The plot goes several directions from this point on, including the father of the household possibly returning and another sister who went insane. The story isn't what matters here. What is important is the sheer amount of sleaze on display. In addition to the aforementioned incest, there's also decapitations, schizophrenia, rape, and plenty of other delights along those lines. It even veers into Nazisploitation for a few moments, with a character having flashbacks to a concentration camp. Its never remotely disturbing, just very distasteful. I also enjoyed seeing Pier Angeli and Eleanora Rossi-Drago playing a daughter and mother, because its obvious they're only a few years apart in age. If you're looking for a compelling murder mystery, look elsewhere. However, if you want a slice of stylish, pretentious, and weird European sleaze, than you'll enjoy this. (7/10)
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