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Delirio caldo (1972)

Not Rated | | Mystery, Thriller | 5 July 1972 (Italy)
A respected doctor becomes the prime suspect in a series of gruesome murders.


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Credited cast:
Rita Calderoni ...
Marcia Lyutak
Raul Lovecchio ...
Inspector Edwards (as Raoul)
Carmen Young ...
Bonita (US version only)
Christa Barrymore ...
Tano Cimarosa ...
John Lacey 'Crocchetta'
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Marcello Bonini Olas ...
Katia Cardinali ...
Miss Heindrich
William Darni ...
Max Dorian ...
Stefania Fassio ...
First victim (as Steffy Steffen)
Stefano Oppedisano ...
Cristina Perrier ...


A respected doctor becomes the prime suspect in a series of gruesome murders.

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5 July 1972 (Italy)  »

Also Known As:

Death at the Villa  »

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Herbert Lyutak: Enough, Herbert! You are a hyena, hyena!
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Referenced in Paura: Lucio Fulci Remembered - Volume 1 (2008) See more »

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8 March 2002 | by See all my reviews

This is nasty stuff. Surprisingly strong for a 1972 movie, Polselli's over-complex and contrived giallo happily depicts what other people would only dare hint to in a number of jaw-droppingly misogynistic scenes of sexual violence. In one remarkably unpleasant scene, a black gloved killer masturbates a female victim as he strangles her. I find it surprising that movies like NEW YORK RIPPER are so infamous when extreme stuff like this and GIALLO A VENEZIA exist. It's quite amazing that these films were made at all, let alone had a cinema release!

Focusing away from the violence, this is actually a pretty well made and tight giallo. Whilst a lot more sleazy than some of the classy entries into the genre, Polselli hits the viewer with some relatively innovative scenes and camera-work. The plot is hilariously winding- I won't give too much away, but fans of the more ridiculous giallos will not be disappointed. There is also a definite undercurrent of black humour, particularly in some of the scenes of violence. I think it is safe to say that the misogynistic humour will be left misunderstood by most.

Unfortunately, DELIRIUM fell victim to distributor re-cutting in a big way. The American version is hugely different to the original Italian release, losing a lot of violence, gaining some new footage, and asa result suffering quite marked changes to the plot itself! The different versions are really quite different, and I'd advise any giallo collector to check out both. By all accounts, the French print of the movie is the most complete "uncut" form. Definitely worth a look for fans of giallos and of good, honest cinematic scum.

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