Oliviero is a burned-out writer, living at his estate near Venice, his dead mother dominating his imagination. He is also a degenerate: sleeps with his maid and his ex-student, hosts ... See full summary »
Oliviero is a burned-out writer, living at his estate near Venice, his dead mother dominating his imagination. He is also a degenerate: sleeps with his maid and his ex-student, hosts Bacchanalia for local hippies, and humiliates his wife Irina in front of strangers. She lives in terror. When a young woman is murdered, police suspect Oliviero. Things get complicated when his young, beautiful, and self-confident niece, Floriana, pays an unexpected visit. A silver-haired stranger observes. More women die, and thoughts of harming Irina give Oliviero new inspiration. What's Floriana's game and who's the observant stranger? Watching all is a black cat named Satan. Written by
The title is a reference to Sergio Martino's earlier giallo Blade of the Ripper (1971) ("The Strange Vice of Mrs. Wardh"), in which the same phrase appears in a mysterious note apparently sent by a killer. See more »
The title of this giallo - "Your Vice Is A Locked Room And Only I Have The Key" - is probably the most memorable thing about it. That's not to say that there isn't any other merit to be found. There's a respectable amount of nudity and sex, the scenes of murder are directed in a somewhat creepy manner, and that black cat will give you the creeps in each and every scene he appears in. All this manages to raise the movie from being bad, but all the same it ends up being so-so. One problem is that with so few characters in the movie, it's likely that you'll figure out who is behind the killings before it's revealed at the end. The main problem is that the movie is extremely slow and drawn out, enough to become genuinely boring at times. In the end, I can only recommend this movie to die hard giallo fanatics.
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