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So Sweet, So Dead -- A serial killer is on the loose. His victims are unfaithful wives and he always leaves compromising photographs at the crime scene.

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Writers:
Luigi Angelo (screenplay)
Luigi Angelo (story)
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Release Date:
July 1975 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
One day you'll get closer to the violence of death... but THIS IS AS FAR AS WE DARE TAKE YOU... with any hope of bringing you back! See more »
Plot:
A serial killer is on the loose. His victims are unfaithful wives and he always leaves compromising photographs at the crime scene. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Robert Pattinson: Reality bites
 (From The Guardian - Film News. 7 November 2011, 12:41 AM, PST)

User Reviews:
Killing in the name of... Marital Vows! See more (13 total) »

Cast

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Farley Granger ... Inspector Capuana

Sylva Koscina ... Barbara Capuana
Silvano Tranquilli ... Paolo Santangeli
Annabella Incontrera ... Franca Santangeli
Chris Avram ... Professor Casali
Femi Benussi ... Serena
Krista Nell ... Renata
Angela Covello ... Bettina Santangeli
Fabrizio Moresco ... Piero
Andrea Scotti
Irene Pollmer ... Giannina
Luciano Rossi ... Gastone
Ivano Staccioli ... The Liar
Nino Foti

Jessica Dublin ... Rossella
Paul Oxon
Philippe Hersent ... The Questor
Nieves Navarro ... Lilly (as Susan Scott)
Sandro Pizzorro
Bruno Boschetti ... Policeman (segment "incipit")
Benito Stefanelli ... Lilly's Husband
Luigi Ciavarro
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kim Pope ... (voice: English version)

Harry Reems ... (in edited American version)
Tina Russell ... (edited American version)
Marc Stevens ... (voice: English version)

Directed by
Roberto Bianchi Montero 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Luigi Angelo  screenplay
Luigi Angelo  story
Roberto Bianchi Montero  screenplay (as Roberto Montero)
Italo Fasan  screenplay
Italo Fasan  story

Produced by
Angelo Faccenna .... executive producer
Eugenio Florimonte .... producer
Mario Pellegrino .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Giorgio Gaslini 
 
Cinematography by
Fausto Rossi 
 
Film Editing by
Rolando Salvatori 
 
Art Direction by
Massimo Bolongaro 
 
Costume Design by
Oscar Capponi 
 
Makeup Department
Liliana Dulac .... hair stylist
Liliana Dulac .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Francesco Vitulano .... production manager
 
Sound Department
Roberto Alberghini .... sound
 
Special Effects by
Vitantonio Ricci .... special effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Maurizio Gennaro .... camera operator
Gianfranco Turino .... assistant camera
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Lidia Maniero .... wardrobe assistant
 
Editorial Department
Bruno Sarandrea .... assistant editor
 
Other crew
Marisa Agostini .... script supervisor
Maria Luisa Della Camera .... secretary
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Rivelazioni di un maniaco sessuale al capo della squadra mobile" - Italy (original title)
"Bad Girls" - USA (reissue title)
"Penetration" - USA (X-rated version)
"Revelations of a Sex Maniac to the Head of the Criminal Investigation Division" - Europe (English title)
"The Slasher ...is the Sex Maniac!" - USA (dubbed version)
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Runtime:
95 min | Australia:90 min | USA:88 min
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Color:
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Australia:R | Iceland:16 | USA:R | USA:X (original rating) | West Germany:18

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Trivia:
A re-edited version released in the U.S. was called "Penetration", and featured hardcore porno footage with adult-film stars Harry Reems and Tina Russell. It was advertised as a porno featuring actor Farley Granger, who was in the original film but had nothing to do with the re-edited version. Granger threatened the distributors with a major lawsuit for the unauthorized use of his name in the new version, and they subsequently withdrew the film from US distribution, but not from Europe.See more »

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5 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Killing in the name of... Marital Vows!, 10 August 2006
Author: Coventry from the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls

This little seen but nonetheless notorious Italian giallo opens with the SECOND-best footage imaginable. A bunch of policemen are standing in the room where the horribly mutilated body of an attractive woman has just been discovered, and this disturbing discovery heralds the search for a sadistic killer. The absolute best horror opening would of course be that we actually witness the killer take the life of his victim but, no worries, as we're treated to that not more than ten minutes later already and several times after that! The maniac at large is exclusively interested in adulterous women with a high-society standing. He stalks them as they secretly meet up with their lovers, patiently waits until they're alone again, then kills them barbarically and leaves behind photographical evidence of their liaisons. Inspector Capuano faces huge difficulties in his investigation, as the prominent husbands of the killed women don't want to see their names mentioned in this scandal. This oddly titled Italian film (actually, NONE of the many titles is completely relevant) can be described best as a straightforward and unscrupulous giallo. The killer fully answers to all the standard characteristics (black gloves, black coat, face covered by a black veil), the gore is graphic & plentiful and every female cast member extendedly shows off her ravishing body before getting slashed. All this should already satisfy pretty much every giallo-fan, but there's more. Good stuff mostly, but bad stuff as well unfortunately.

The greatest thing about "So Sweet, So Dead" is unquestionable the whole climax which, regretfully, I can't write about much. Peculiar but surely innovating about this movie is how the revelation of the murderer's identity is totally downgraded by the setting and circumstances of his last killing. The face behind the veil isn't surprising but the whole ending is definitely shocking and highly memorable! The film's negative elements are fairly obvious: the plot and message are very women-unfriendly (although many gialli are…). Only the women are punished for their salacious lifestyles even though their rich husbands & lovers aren't without sin, neither. If I have no defense for this, but to immediately label the entire film as misogynistic is a bit exaggerated in my opinion. The other and more annoying flaws include a lack of plausible red herrings, bad use of soundtrack and wooden acting performances by pretty much the entire cast. You can clearly tell that Roberto Bianchi (father of Mario Bianchi) isn't Italy's finest horror director but he does an overall adequate job. In all honesty, "So Sweet, So Dead" doesn't deserve a rating higher than 6 or maybe 7, but I'm giving it one point extra if only for that end-sequence! Definitely worth looking for if you're a giallo fanatic!

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