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Director:
Writers:
Mario Bava (screenplay)
Franco Barberi (story)
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Release Date:
3 May 1972 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
The second movie rated "V" for violence. See more »
Plot:
An elderly heiress is killed by her husband who wants control of her fortunes. What ensues is an all-out... See more » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
1 win See more »
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Very disappointing Bava film See more (86 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Claudine Auger ... Renata

Luigi Pistilli ... Albert
Claudio Camaso ... Simon (as Claudio Volonté)
Anna Maria Rosati ... Laura (as Anna M. Rosati)
Chris Avram ... Frank
Leopoldo Trieste ... Paolo
Laura Betti ... Anna
Brigitte Skay ... Brunhilda

Isa Miranda ... Federica
Paola Montenero ... Denise (as Paola Rubens)
Guido Boccaccini ... Duke
Roberto Bonanni ... Robert
Giovanni Nuvoletti ... Filippo
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Renato Cestiè ... Son (uncredited)
Nicoletta Elmi ... Daughter (uncredited)
Frank Latimore ... Frank (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Andy Luotto ... Robert (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Gene Luotto ... Paolo (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Edward Mannix ... Albert (voice: English version) (uncredited)

Directed by
Mario Bava 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Franco Barberi  story
Mario Bava  screenplay
Filippo Ottoni  screenplay
Dardano Sacchetti  story
Giuseppe Zaccariello  (screenplay) (as Joseph McLee)

Produced by
Giuseppe Zaccariello .... producer
 
Original Music by
Stelvio Cipriani 
 
Cinematography by
Mario Bava 
 
Film Editing by
Carlo Reali 
 
Production Design by
Sergio Canevari 
 
Art Direction by
Sergio Canevari 
 
Costume Design by
Enrico Sabbatini 
 
Makeup Department
Adalgisa Favella .... hair stylist
Franco Freda .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Roberto Cicutto .... production supervisor
Fernando Franchi .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Lamberto Bava .... assistant director
Roberto Rossellini .... second unit director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Carlo Diotallevi .... sound recordist
Gene Luotto .... post-synchronization
Carlo Tarchi .... sound
 
Special Effects by
Carlo Rambaldi .... special effects (as Rambaldi)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Gianlorenzo Battaglia .... assistant camera (as Lorenzo Battaglia)
Emilio Varriano .... camera operator
Franco Vitale .... still photographer
 
Music Department
Luca di Silverio .... soundtrack album producer
 
Other crew
Patrizia Zulini .... continuity
Pino Locchi .... voice dubbing: Claudio Camaso (uncredited)
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Reazione a catena" - Italy (original title)
"Twitch of the Death Nerve" - USA (new title), USA (alternative title)
"Bay of Blood" - USA (alternative title)
"Ecology of a Crime" - International (English title) (informal literal title)
"The Antecedent" - USA (informal title)
"The Last House on the Left, Part II" - USA (reissue title)
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Runtime:
84 min | 76 min (cut)
Country:
Language:
Color:
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Certification:
Argentina:16 | Australia:R | Canada:R (Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | France:16 | Germany:(Banned) | Italy:VM18 | Netherlands:16 | New Zealand:R16 | Norway:18 (DVD rating) (2009) (uncut) | Spain:18 | UK:R (original rating: 1972) | UK:18 (uncut version) (re-rating) | UK:18 (re-rating) (1994) (cut) | UK:(Banned) (1984-1994) | USA:R | West Germany:(Banned)

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Trivia:
Dario Argento loved the film so much, he had a friend (who was a projectionist) steal him a print of the film during its first run in Italy. The theater ended up showing Hatchet for the Honeymoon (1970) to replace the stolen print for the remainder of the film's run there (about a week and a half according to Argento. He possesses the print to this day).See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: The Count is stabbed repeatedly in his back and then he falls on his back and dies. When the killer is dragging him away, there should be a blood trail leading from The Countess to the door.See more »
Quotes:
Simon:Man should live and let live, and without any interfering.
Paolo:Even that poor squid was free once, Simon, eh? I study Coleopters because I love them.
Simon:Sure, but the squirming little creatures still end up under your microscope. Yeah, he's dead alright but at least I eat my squid. But I don't kill as a hobby like you do.
Paolo:Good Lord, Simon; you make me feel like a murderer.
Simon:I'm not saying that, Mr. Fossati; but if you kill for killing's sake - you become a monster.
Paolo:But, man isn't an insect, my dear Simon. We have centuries of civilization behind us, you know.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Scream: The Inside Story (2011) (TV)See more »

FAQ

What are the differences between the old BBFC 18 Version and the Uncensored Version?
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11 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
Very disappointing Bava film, 9 January 2011
Author: cmoitze from Australia

This film is regarded as the first slasher film, that produced a myriad of clones such as Friday 13th.

Being a Mario Bava film, I held high expectations for this. Unfortunately i was to be very disappointed.

The first thing i noted was how drab and lifeless this film is. There is none of Bava's use of colour. The characters are one dimensional and the special effects are poor. In one scene a beheading takes place and you can clearly see the screws in the neck area after the beheading.

The plot is very convoluted and ultimately uninteresting. The surprise ending is OK, if a little silly.

In summary it feels as if Bava is just trying to shock and keep up with the trend of making an exploitation movie, rather than a good movie. Friday 13th is actually superior to this movie and more entertaining.

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