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Obscene Desire (1978)

L'osceno desiderio (original title)
Amanda, a beautiful American girl is soon to be married to Andrea Orsomandi, a wealthy nobleman who lives in an extravagant Gothic mansion. However there exists something dark, sinister and... See full summary »

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Amanda, a beautiful American girl is soon to be married to Andrea Orsomandi, a wealthy nobleman who lives in an extravagant Gothic mansion. However there exists something dark, sinister and supernatural within the walls of the mansion. It seems that Andrea has been driven to madness and is a victim of the evil contained within the house. It soon transpires that he is involved in black magic, perverse rituals and serial killings with the aid of his sadistic henchman and gardener Giovanni. Killing prostitutes in order to exorcise this Evil. Now the demonic forces set out to possess Amanda,take her soul and turn her into another victim of the mansion. Written by lament

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Nice climax
29 May 2001 | by See all my reviews

This post-"Exorcist" and "Omen" possession film is quite odd. It has some typical Giallo elements and until the second half of the movie, it is left unclear whether there is something supernatural going on or not.

The film also boosts some strange characters that sometimes get a little bit overacted by the actors. But the main problem of the film is that it makes the impression of coming about ten years too late. It is too old fashioned to be a typical horror film of the late 1970s (there are many classical Gothic moments in it), and on the other hand it is too graphic to be a late Gothic horror film (two gory scenes and plenty of nude female flesh).

All in all, it's an enjoyable if not amazing little film, and the climax delivers an unexpected downbeat twist to surprise the audience. If "L'Osceno Desiderio" (my preferred title) would have been directed by a more gifted director, it would surely be a remarkable sleeper.


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