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Blade of the Ripper (1971)
"Lo strano vizio della Signora Wardh" (original title)

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An ambassador's wife discovers that one of the men in her life - either her husband, an ex-lover or her current lover - may be a vicious serial killer.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
George Hilton ...
George Corro
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Julie Wardh
Conchita Airoldi ...
Carol Brandt (as Cristina Airoldi)
Manuel Gil ...
Dr. Harbe (as Maurice Gillas Pou)
Carlo Alighiero ...
Commissioner
Ivan Rassimov ...
Jean
Alberto de Mendoza ...
Neil Wardh
Bruno Corazzari ...
Killer
Marella Corbi ...
Victim who escape from the killer
Miguel del Castillo ...
Medico Spagnolo
Luis de Tejada ...
The inspector
Brizio Montinaro ...
Ospite Al party
Pouchi ...
Victim in the shower (as Pouchie)
Mira Vidotto ...
Cameriera Della Wardh
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Storyline

Newly married to an older man, Julie returns to Vienna, where a razor wielding slasher is killing women. Jean, her cruel and sadistic former lover, immediately contacts her, certain that only he can satisfy her strange vice. But she rejects him. She also meets George, the handsome cousin of her friend Carol; both are newly rich, thanks to an uncle's death. Julie's husband Neil is away frequently, so George pours on the charm. Meanwhile, it seems that the slasher is now focused on Julie. Bodies pile up, other murders are barely avoided, and George invites her to go away with him. Can it end happily? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Release Date:

15 January 1971 (Italy)  »

Also Known As:

Blade of the Ripper  »

Box Office

Gross:

ESP 15,193,058 (Spain)
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Trivia

The film was refused a UK cinema certificate in 1971 and passed uncut for DVD in 2011. See more »

Goofs

When Julie hears the bellboy knock at the apartment door, she puts on a blue bathrobe without a belt. When she looks through the peephole to see who it is, she is wearing the same bathrobe, but as soon as she opens the door the robe has suddenly acquired a belt. See more »

Quotes

George Corro: My specialty is courting ladies in the presence of their husbands.
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Crazy Credits

"The very fact that the commandment says "do not kill" makes us aware and convinced that we are descended from an unbroken chain of generations of assassins, for whom the love of murder was in their blood, as it is perhaps in ours." - Sigmund Freud See more »

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A Very Fine Giallo...And Ooooh, That Edwige!
18 April 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

My old buddy Rob, who knows more about "psychotronic" movies than anybody I know, recently e-mailed me to rave about a film he'd just seen, "The Strange Vice of Mrs. Wardh" (1970). He urged me to put this Italian thriller, of the kind nowadays called "giallo," on my list of films to rent. Well, I'd never heard of this movie before, and my list of films to rent right now is pretty darn long, but, believing that there's always room for giallo (ouch!), I put it right at the top of my rental list, and boy, am I ever glad I did! "Mrs. Wardh" turns out to be a very suspenseful, stylish, sexy and violent thriller that really does keep you guessing. In it, Edwige Fenech plays the wife of a stockbroker, living in Austria, who becomes the target of a serial slasher (as has been pointed out elsewhere, those giallo killers really do seem to gravitate toward the ol' straight-edge razor, for some reason). I hadn't seen Ms. Fenech in anything before, but can understand now why she is such a beloved cult actress in Europe. She is remarkably attractive in this film, at 22 years of age, and a modern-day interview with the actress, included on this DVD from the fine folks at No Shame, reveals that she is, astonishingly, still quite beautiful today, 35 years later. Anyway, besides Fenech's exquisite presence, this film boasts gorgeous location shooting in Vienna and Sitges (near Barcelona), Spain, as well as trippy background music that will haunt your memory for days. The film is atmospheric as can be and has been directed with style to spare by Sergio Martino. I guarantee you won't foresee any of the twists and turns that this ingeniously plotted film dishes out. It's a real winner. Thanks, Rob!


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