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La bestia uccide a sangue freddo (1971)

A masked killer stalks an institution for mentally disturbed rich women.

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Dr. Francis Clay
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Cheryl Hume
Rosalba Neri ...
Anne Palmieri
Jane Garret ...
Mara
John Karlsen ...
Professor Osterman
Gioia Desideri ...
Ruth
John Ely ...
The Gardener
Fernando Cerulli ...
Augusto, the chauffeur
Sandro Rossi ...
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Giulio Baraghini ...
Policeman
Ettore Geri ...
Inspector
Antonio Radaelli ...
Policeman
Monica Strebel ...
Nurse Helen
Carla Mancini ...
Nurse
Franco Marletta ...
Male Nurse
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In a psychiatric clinic for rich women, dies murdered, one after another, a nurse and two patients, while an arrow hit another woman. The guilty is a masked man. The police decide to set up a trap, but the line of murdering isn't still over. Written by 1felco

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Asylum Erotica  »

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(Westrex Sound System)

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2.35 : 1
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Italian censorship visa # 58094 delivered on 7-5-1971. See more »

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Murder and sex in the loony bin
6 August 1998 | by (Canterbury, England) – See all my reviews

With the retreat of film censorship in Europe and the US in the late 1960s and early 1970s the makers of exploitation films were left loose on the somewhat unsuspecting cinema goer. Both gore and sex content of such films increased dramatically, while less care was taken to embed the spectacle in a coherent, gripping and believable story. This was particularly obvious in the Italian Giallo, a genre that emerged in those years from the traditional Italian horror film and the German Edgar Wallace thrillers.

Here we have a typical example of the genre: a serial killer is on the loose , we see gruesome and gory (but stylish) killings that do not reveal the identity of the murderer, have some sex thrown in at good measure, and are finally rather disappointed when the murder mystery is solved.

Asylum Erotica is set in a mental hospital for the very rich, on some isolated location in the countryside. The asylum is run by Dr. Keller -- played by Klaus Kinski in one of his many personifications of psychiatrists. The patients are busy having a good time, including the inevitable hanky -panky (come in Rosalba Neri as the resident nymphomaniac), when suddenly corpses are starting to pile up. Apparently, they have been killed with some medieval weapons that are conveniently on open display in the lounge. Why has nobody considered them a safety hazard -- this is a mental hospital , after all? Why aren't they tucked away after the first killing(s)? We shall never know.

Clearly, this isn't a great film, but it is still quite watchable, certainly if you like Eurosleaze. For fans of Kinski and Neri this is a 'must'.


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