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

R  |   |  Mystery, Thriller  |  15 January 1971 (Italy)
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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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15 January 1971 (Italy)  »

Also Known As:

Blade of the Ripper  »

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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 »

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George Corro: My specialty is courting ladies in the presence of their husbands.
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"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 thriller
20 October 2005 | by (Iceland) – See all my reviews

Sergio Martino; a master Giallo filmmaker? Not quite as interesting as Argento but very good all the same. The Strange Vice or Mrs. Wardh is mostly considered to be his best effort and I agree, having recently seen all his giallo's except Your Vice is a Locked Door and Only I have the Key (what a title).

The plot here is complex and very well played out and best not to go into details. The lovely Edwige Fenech plays Mrs. Wardh, a woman who believes herself to be in danger, with people around her turning up dead and also struggling with a difficult past.

Martino delivers quite a few excellent setpieces with style and gusto. He keeps the film moving at a rapid pace and manages to get good performances from both Fenech (who's also stunning to look at) and suave Hilton. Ernesto Gastaldi penned the interesting story, with many twists and turns and keeps the viewer guessing until the very end. As with so many giallo's the music is wonderful, Bruno Nicolai providing the haunting and memorable score (also responsible for the terrific music used in The Case of the Bloody Iris).

If you like Giallo's you'll love this one. Highly recommended.


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