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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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Heaven help whoever is ... "Next!"

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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

Italian censorship visa # 57415 delivered on 23-12-1970. 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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excellent giallo, that had been made to look poor previously by poor quality videos
8 July 2005 | by (Upstate New York) – See all my reviews

I first saw this movie on videotape, Alpha Video's pan and scan, cut version under the title Next! So generic was this release that it had a primitive painting on the cover pretty much unrelated to the movie.

No Shame has put a DVD of the movie out which is uncut and widescreen, with the original title. It's much better. To my mind, anyone complaining about the camera-work or lighting in the movie was really complaining about the bad pan and scan job, and the bad print quality. It looks really good on the DVD. There is some somewhat unusual camera-work, as when at a party, the camera bumps around a bit like the POV of one of the partiers. When someone is shot later on, the picture is again POV, going out of focus and dropping.

Mrs. Wardh is married to a diplomat (or stock broker? or diplomat who plays the stock market?), and it's a pretty bland marriage. She has an ex-lover named Jean who had really dominated her, and they had fairly violent sex (in one flashback, he uses a broken bottle for foreplay). She's glad to be done with him, and is disturbed when he tries to start things up again.

She also starts a new affair with her cousin George. He, at least, seems to be a decent guy and a good lover.

Meanwhile in the city, there is someone slashing women. And then Mrs. Wardh gets a note from a blackmailer. This is a really very good giallo movie, which gets very twisty at the end. The cinematography is in fact quite good, and there are a number of colorful locations, like a park that makes for a rendezvous with the blackmailer. The park scene is (coincidentally?) similar to one in Argento's 4 mosche di velluto grigio (1971). Martino's direction compares pretty favorably with Argento's.


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