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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... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Corinne Cléry ... Jeanne

Michele Placido ... Inspector Gaspare Lomenzo
Quinto Parmeggiani ... Angelo Scanavini
Edoardo Faieta ... Fulvio Colaianni (as Eddy Fay)
John Steiner ... Hoffmann
Jacques Herlin ... Pandolfi
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

Tom Skerritt ... Chief Inspector

Eli Wallach ... Pietro Riccio
Giorgio Gargiullo
Eleonora Vivaldi
Guidarino Guidi

Enzo Robutti ... Client with unfaithful wife
Mary Ruth League ... Ruth
Susanna Radaelli (as Susy Radaelli)
Daniela Grassini (as Danila Grassini)
Bianca Toso
Claudio Zucchet ... Agostino Farundi
Mirella Giraldi
Maria Rosa La Fauci
Maria Tedeschi ... Angelo Scanavini's mother
Mario Mercalli ... Mario Lombardozzi
Giuseppe Rodolfo Dal Pra
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ennio Antonelli ... Colaianni's Employee (uncredited)
Tino Polenghi ... Policeman (uncredited)

Directed by
Paolo Cavara 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Paolo Cavara  story
Enrico Oldoini 
Bernardino Zapponi  (as Bernardo Zapponi)

Produced by
Ermanno Curti .... producer
Guy Luongo .... producer
Rodolfo Puttignani .... producer
Original Music by
Daniele Patucchi 
Cinematography by
Franco Di Giacomo 
Film Editing by
Sergio Montanari 
Production Design by
Franco Fumagalli 
Art Direction by
Tommaso Barbi 
Costume Design by
Marisa Crimi 
Makeup Department
Iolanda Conti .... hair stylist
Alfio Meniconi .... assistant makeup artist
Otello Sisi .... makeup artist
Production Management
Piero Amati .... unit manager
Roberto Cocco .... production manager
Pierluigi Ottina .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Roberto Palmerini .... assistant director
Art Department
Raffaele Vincenti .... props
Sound Department
Danilo Moroni .... sound mixer
Angelo Spadoni .... boom operator
Pietro Spadoni .... sound
Special Effects by
Giovanni Cappelli .... special effects
Sergio Testori .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Divo Cavicchioli .... still photographer
Gastone Coppa .... key grip
Enrico Fontana .... assistant camera
Valerio Garzia .... chief electrician
Giuseppe Lanci .... camera operator
Gianfranco Transunto .... assistant camera (as Franco Transunto)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Giselda Demonicucci .... seamstress
Editorial Department
Fabrizio Di Blasi .... second assistant editor
Bruno Sarandrea .... first assistant editor
Other crew
Giancarlo Funaro .... production secretary
Aureliano Lalli-Persiani .... administrator
Tonino Pinto .... unit publicist
Daniela Puccini .... script supervisor

Production CompaniesDistributors
  • Cinefear (2008) (USA) (DVD) (as "Plot of Fear")
  • Raro Video (2012) (USA) (DVD) (as "Plot of Fear")
Other Companies

Additional Details

Also Known As:
"E tanta paura" - Italy (original title)
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98 min
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6 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Fear ... but mostly beauty, seduction and complexity!, 5 May 2007
Author: Coventry from the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls

Paolo Cavara may not be the most famous horror director of Italy, but he certainly deserves the endless respect of true genre fans for the movies he made in the Mondo Cane-series and …his TWO genuine Gialli masterpieces! "The Black Belly of the Tarantula" is generally considered to be a classic in the genre, but this "Plot of Fear" is rather difficult to obtain and therefore still sadly underrated. This is an almost indescribably stylish Giallo-cocktail, properly blending together all the fundamental ingredients and many more. The plot is extremely convoluted, like it should be, and covers multiple themes including secret sex-networks, diamond smuggling and of course a bizarre series of grisly murders. The witty police Lieutenant slash playboy Lomenzo investigates several murders that are unquestionably connected, as the killer left behind drawings of a famous children's book on the victims' mutilated bodies. With the help of his ravishing new French girlfriend Jeanne, Lomenzo discovers that the murdered people were all members of a wealthy clique that secretly gathered to play kinky sex games. During one of these decadent gatherings, a young prostitute named Rosa accidentally (?) died and it looks as if someone is avenging her by eliminating all members one by one. I admit this brief description sounds like the repetitive premise of any regular textbook thriller, but I also assure you that the actual elaboration of the plot is much more twisted and engaging. Paolo Cavara maintains a constant level of high suspense and always adds new and misleading plot twists at the exact right times. The murders, although not specifically gory or shocking, are diverse and original! And they're definitely unpredictable, as one victims is even shot live on TV during an interview. "Plot of Fear" is also one of the most beautifully made Gialli I've ever encountered. Words can hardly describe how stylish Franco Di Giacomo's cinematography is and Daniele Patucchi's moody soundtrack also contributes a great deal to the overall tense atmosphere of the film. Lieutenant Lomenzo surely is one of the most humorist characters to ever appear in a Giallo film. His remarks against beautiful women and his rather awkward interpretation of police work often results is very comical sequences that help you to digest the confusing subject matter a little easier. There's a fair portion of sleaze and female nudity to enjoy, but it always remains tasteless, with the extended and clearly passionate love-making session between Jeanne and Lomenzo as an absolute highlight. The cast features several prominent and awesomely talented names, which makes it all the more difficult to comprehend why this Italian gem is still so obscure! "Plot of Fear" stars Euro-horror regulars John Steiner and Jacques Herlin and – most of all – features curious supportive roles of no less than Tom Skerritt (looking like a true Italian, but poorly dubbed) and Spaghetti Western legend Eli Wallach. 9 out of 10; I would have loved to reward it with an impeccable score, but the finale is slightly too grotesque to refer to "Plot of Fear" as entirely perfect.

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