A young Scandinavian couple are rousted by the Italian police for selling nude photos of themselves. After, some strange misadventures with some gypsies (who rob them) they try to steal some petrol from the villa of a wealthy NATO colonel and are caught in the act by his wife. They charm their way into her house and seduce and victimize the older woman, but she has a surprising agenda of her own and soon the young couple find themselves embroiled in a murder and on the run from the law.
This is one of a string of superlative gialli directed by the enigmatic Umberto Lenzi starting with "Paranoia" in 1968 and ending with "Seven Bloodstained Orchids" in 1972. After that, Lenzi seemed to lose interest in the genre directing much lamer entries like "Spasmo" and "Eyeball" before moving into violent police thrillers and eventually stomach-turning third-world cannibal films. The plot of this movie somewhat resembles Lenzi's first giallo "Paranoia" with a young, free-spirited couple victimizing a wealthy, repressed older woman, but the older woman is much more than a victim here, the couple is much more sympathetic, and the story is told from a very different point of view. The ending is also similar to the ridiculous deus ex machina ending of the earlier film, but is much more believable (albeit much more cynical).
As the young couple, the movie features two of the most attractive actors of 70's European exploitation films in Ray Lovelock and Ornella Muti. But Lovelock, unfortunately, is dubbed and not speaking in his usual Scottish brogue and Muti was obviously too young to do the copious nude scenes that are, for once, necessary to the plot, so an obvious body double is used and every cinematic trick in the book employed (of course, this doesn't stop Lenzi from making like Jess Franco with the zoom lens every time the real actress bends over in her short-shorts). Both actors are pretty good though despite these liabilities. Special mention must go to Irene Papas though, who almost outdoes Caroll Baker herself in the Carroll Baker role.
I hate too admit it, but I kind of liked to pop music soundtrack too.
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