11 user 23 critic

Plot of Fear (1976)

E tanta paura (original title)
A man is strangled by a female prostitute in his home at the same time as a woman is killed by a man with a spanner on an empty bus. In both cases the killer leaves an illustration from the... See full summary »



(story), | 1 more credit »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Horror | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

The body of a schoolgirl is found in a meadow. The murderer is never caught, and years later; a young man named Stefano returns to the island and is reunited with his brother, the local priest.

Director: Antonio Bido
Stars: Lino Capolicchio, Stefania Casini, Craig Hill
Horror | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Inspector Tellini investigates serial crimes where victims are paralyzed while having their bellies ripped open with a sharp knife, much in the same way tarantulas are killed by the black ... See full summary »

Director: Paolo Cavara
Stars: Giancarlo Giannini, Claudine Auger, Barbara Bouchet
Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

An amnesiac man begins to think he may have lived a double life.

Director: Duccio Tessari
Stars: Senta Berger, Luc Merenda, Umberto Orsini
Trauma (1993)
Horror | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A young man tries to help a teenage European girl whom escaped from a clinic hospital after witnessing the murder of her parents by a serial killer and they try to find the killer before the killer finds them.

Director: Dario Argento
Stars: Christopher Rydell, Asia Argento, Piper Laurie
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

Michael is a successful actor, but he has a scandal in his past: at a tender age he knifed his father to death. He and his girlfriend Deborah go to his mother's for the weekend, and are ... See full summary »

Director: Riccardo Freda
Stars: Stefano Patrizi, Martine Brochard, Henri Garcin
Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

The Case of the Scorpion's Tail begins with the mysterious death of a millionaire and spirals into the murder of his suddenly rich wife, which draws the attention of a dogged investigator, who follows a trail of blood to the bitter end.

Director: Sergio Martino
Stars: George Hilton, Anita Strindberg, Alberto de Mendoza
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

Pascale, married to an architect, misses her flight to London and is forced to stay in Berlin, at the Kleinhoff Hotel where she stayed as a student. Karl, a would-be revolutionary lives in ... See full summary »

Director: Carlo Lizzani
Stars: Corinne Cléry, Bruce Robinson, Katja Rupé
Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

A pharmacist is murdered, and a woman happens to see the culprit leave the scene. She soon finds herself being stalked by the killer, and when her boyfriend tries to discover who the ... See full summary »

Director: Antonio Bido
Stars: Corrado Pani, Paola Tedesco, Franco Citti
Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A killer stalks a composer staying at a posh Tuscany villa while writing the score to a horror film which has an incriminating clue to the killer's identity.

Director: Lamberto Bava
Stars: Andrea Occhipinti, Anny Papa, Fabiola Toledo
Striptease (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.3/10 X  

A disillusioned and depressed film director is forced to confront his lack of humanity through his involvement in the death of a young actress and the suicide of her husband.

Director: Germán Lorente
Stars: Terence Stamp, Corinne Cléry, Pilar Velázquez
Hotel Fear (1977)
Drama | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A young girl and her mother run a hotel during the war. When the mother dies, the girl finds herself at the mercy of her sex-crazed guests. Soon enough, a cloaked figure starts killing off everyone that tries to harm her.

Director: Francesco Barilli
Stars: Leonora Fani, Luc Merenda, Francisco Rabal
Amuck (1972)
Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A writer's secretary tries to find her missing friend and uncovers a murder plot.

Director: Silvio Amadio
Stars: Farley Granger, Barbara Bouchet, Rosalba Neri


Cast overview, first billed only:
Inspector Gaspare Lomenzo
Quinto Parmeggiani ...
Angelo Scanavini
Edoardo Faieta ...
Fulvio Colaianni (as Eddy Fay)
John Steiner ...
Jacques Herlin ...
Cecilia Polizzi ...
Woman at Villa Hoffmann
Greta Vayan ...
Laura Falconieri (as Greta Vajant)
Sarah Crespi ...
Rosa Catena (as Sarah Ceccarini)
Enrico Oldoini ...
Lomenzo's Assistant
Chief Inspector
Peter Struwwel
Giorgio Gargiullo
Eleonora Vivaldi
Guidarino Guidi


A man is strangled by a female prostitute in his home at the same time as a woman is killed by a man with a spanner on an empty bus. In both cases the killer leaves an illustration from the children's book titled 'Shockheaded Peter'. The subsequent investigation leads to an exclusive club called Wildlife's Friends. Written by Red-Barracuda

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis





Release Date:

May 1984 (West Germany)  »

Also Known As:

Plot of Fear  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:


Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Elegant, Complex, Tantalizing Giallo-Greatness... with Tuco!
15 January 2010 | by See all my reviews

Paolo Cavara is doubtlessly best known as one of the directors of the Exploitation/Documentary cult-classic "Mondo Cane" (1962). The man doubtlessly also deserves credit, however, for his two fantastic contributions to the Giallo-genre, "La Tarantola Dal Ventre Nero" ("The Black Belly of the Tarantula" (1971) and "...E Tanta Paura" aka. "Too Much Fear" of 1976. "...E Tanta Paura" is an undeservedly little known, but excellent and stunning Giallo that delivers all the elements we love about the genre: A convoluted puzzle, stunning suspense, sadistic murders, sleaze, beautiful women, a wonderful cinematography, a brilliantly mesmerizing score,... even a great cast! "...E Tanta Paura" has a great premise - a murder series based on the stories in the somewhat creepy 19th century German children's book "Der Struwwelpeter" ("Shock-Headed Peter"). As a kid, I was fascinated by the macabre "Shock-Headed Peter" stories, which were originally meant to be educative but seem very morbid today. When I first read about this film, I thought that the stories must make fantastic, creepy Giallo-material; and they definitely do.

Michele Palacido stars as Inspector Gaspare Lomenzo, who must one of the most likable film-detectives ever, and who has to investigate the 'Shock-Headed Peter Murders'. I do not want to give too much of the story away, but fellow Giallo-fans can look forward to a convoluted and compelling puzzle full of genre-typical yet original elements, such as hushed-up past crimes, and decadent orgies of the rich and immoral. Stylish and beautifully filmed, and accompanied by a brilliant and unforgettable score "...E Tanta Paura" is yet another proof that the Italian Giallo is the most elegant and compelling sub-genre that Horror has ever brought forth (along with old-fashioned Gothic tales). The film is full of wonderful 70s sleaze, the murders are sadistic, freakish and extravagant. Leading man Palacido is great in his role, and cult-siren Corinne Clery ("Histoire D'O", "Autostop Rosso Sangue",...) is likable and absolutely ravishing in the female lead. In good Giallo-tradition, the film's female cast includes several beauties, but Miss Clery is the most stunning one. The film's cast includes several Italian genre-cinema greats, such as the always-sinister John Steiner, as well as two international stars: the great Eli Wallach, and Tom Skerrit, who plays a small role. My only regret with this film was that Eli Wallach, who has been one of my favorite actors ever since I saw first him in "The Good, The Bad and The Ugly" (doubtlessly one of the greatest films of all-time) as a kid.

As it is the case with most great Gialli, this film is so full of red herrings and convoluted details that I do not want to give a long plot description, as I don't wanna spoil any of the fun. I can say, however, that this gem delivers in all aspects, and that true Giallo fans can definitely not afford to miss it.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Animated Film at Villa Hoffman trista-902-431742
Discuss Plot of Fear (1976) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: