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A Diary of a Murderess (1975)
"La encadenada" (original title)

 |  Thriller  |  4 May 1975 (Italy)
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A beautiful young woman sets her sights on an aging millionaire. She seduces him, and moves into his mansion with him. She soon tires of him, though, and after she gets rid of him, she goes after his son



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A beautiful young woman sets her sights on an aging millionaire. She seduces him, and moves into his mansion with him. She soon tires of him, though, and after she gets rid of him, she goes after his son

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When you plan a murder don't write it down...your victim might read it!








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Diary of an Erotic Mistress  »

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Excellent Giallo like thriller
29 June 2007 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

La Encadenada aka Diary of an Erotic Murderess(1975) Manuel Mur Oti

Alexander (Richard Conte)a very wealthy widower wants to hire a young woman to take care of his troubled son Mark, who is prone to fits of violence ever since the death of his mother left him mute. Gina (Marisa Mell, Seven blood stained orchids,One on top of the other) introduces herself as a writer looking for a job that will allow her time to write her book about the local Galician Witches, she is also a psychologist and with such qualifications she is hired. Gina however is a charlatan and a confidence trickster with a lengthy criminal record out to gain what she can from a man with too much money. She learns very quickly the troubles that torment Mark and immediately she is calling him "Mon petit cherie" the term of endearment used by his mother towards him, this has the effect of getting her into his confidence, Mark however is soon just as infatuated with her as he was his mother and forcefully tries to cement their relationship. Alexander also falls for the charms of the new employee and Gina sees her chance to play one against the other. Gina finds a diary from the deceased mother that is full of tales of her husbands abuse and her virtual position of being a sex slave to her master,also there in is her plans to kill him off in gruesome ways so that her and her son could enjoy the tyrants wealth at their leisure. Gina's plans are interrupted though when her own abusive husband Richard (Antonio De Teffè,Crimes of the Black Cat, The Night Evelyn Came Out of the Grave) turns up,he knows what she's up to and threatens to reveal all to her new employer and to the authorities unless she can provide him with just a little of the wealth he knows is inside the Manor, she agrees, Richard however tries to sell the jewels he is given to the same vendor that sold them originally to Alexander, he confronts her and tells her to leave,but his true feelings towards her can not let her leave. Alexander is soon dispatched in his bathtub, but before Gina and Mark can enjoy their new found wealth after the demise of Alex, a stranger turns up called Charles who introduces himself as the bastard son of Alex and as such the beneficiary of half his father's estate, he then astounds her by saying he has been investigating her on his father behalf and recounts to her all the details of her seedy past, his demands are clear she has to become his sexual slave, she agrees, but its not long however before old Charles is dispatched in the the same way as his father, Gina suspects Mark, but then the final shocking twist of the diary becomes very evident.

Diary of an Erotic Murderess reminded me a little of the Conte/Fenech film Secrets of a Call Girl in that both have an underused Conte, a female icon of Italian cinema and very misleading titles, of course the film did originally have plenty of sex scenes but they were all sadly removed, the sight of the exotic Mell in a state of undress would truly have been a highpoint of the film.The film is a hybrid of many Italian genres and is hard to define, the stately manor which also boasts a former Templar monastery on its grounds adds sufficiently to the mood and would suggest a Gothic origin, but it is also firmly in the bloodless giallo realm too. Mell with her catlike features is a delight and her performance is excellent, Conte, one of my favorite actors is good too although the voice which I'm pretty sure wasn't his is a little off putting.Carlo Savina's very romantic score is very sumptuous and reminiscent of many a Morricone opus. It's a good little thriller though and recommended to all fans of Italian Giallo/Mystery thriller films.

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