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Fernando Di Leo (screenplay)
Mario Gariazzo (story)
Release Date:
20 March 1980 (Italy) See more »
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  (in credits order)

Joe Dallesandro ... Joe Brezzi
Lorraine De Selle ... Paola - sister of Liliana
Patrizia Behn ... Liliana - wife of Sergio (as Patricia Bhen)
Gianni Macchia ... Sergio

Directed by
Fernando Di Leo 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Fernando Di Leo  screenplay
Mario Gariazzo  story

Produced by
Armando Novelli .... producer
Original Music by
Luis Bacalov 
Cinematography by
Enrico Lucidi 
Film Editing by
Amedeo Giomini 
Production Design by
Francesco Cuppini 
Costume Design by
Carolina Ferrara 
Makeup Department
Placida Crapanzano .... hair stylist
Giuseppe Ferranti .... makeup artist
Gloria Granati .... makeup artist
Lidia Puglia .... hair stylist
Production Management
Fabio Diotallevi .... production manager
Sound Department
Goffredo Salvatori .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Maurizio Lucchini .... assistant camera
Mario Sabatelli .... still photographer
Goffredo Salvatori .... camera operator
Editorial Department
Ornella Chistolini .... assistant editor
Other crew
Vincenzo Samà .... production secretary
Patrizia Zulini .... script supervisor (as Patrizia Amelia Zulini)

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Also Known As:
"Vacanze per un massacro" - Italy (original title)
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85 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Ah, Summer Holiday in Italy… Sun, sleaze and slaughter!, 3 July 2011
Author: Coventry from the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls

"Madness" or "Holiday Massacre" superficially looks like another umpteenth "Last House on the Left" rip-off, but actually it's not. LHotL and all of its copies revolve on two major themes, namely rape and revenge, whereas this flick doesn't feature any 'actual' rape and certainly not any revenge. This is merely a typical late 70's/early 80's sexploitation effort with a bit of additional violence near the ending. Joe Dallesandro, the handsome but slightly eccentric star of various Andy Warhol movies, stars as a badass fugitive convict in a very remote and rural area. He escapes from a prison that doesn't look like a prison and kills a farmer with a pitchfork. He has to pick up the loot from a previous heist in a countryside cabin, but the place is occupied by three people on a summer holiday weekend. Now, since this is an Italian exploitation thriller, it means that the "victims" are in fact equally sleazy and heinous as the criminal. Sergio is supposedly happily married with his wife Liliana, but has an affair with his nymphomaniac sister- in-law Paola. Paola herself is a genuine bitch on a continuous quest for lust and power. "Madness" is a competent but not highly memorable thriller. The plot is predictable and all too quickly reverts to clichéd situations and detestable conclusions. Women's right activists, in particular, should avoid this movie at all costs, since the script proudly concludes that women provoke being rape victims and end up enjoying it after all. The film does benefice, however, from the isolated cabin filming location. Fernando Di Leo perfectly manages to create an atmosphere of despair and inescapably. You can also almost sense the heat and sexual oppression through the screen. Di Leo is of course a very experienced and visionary director. He wrote and directed multiple downright brilliant crime/gangster movies "Manhunt", "Caliber 9" and "The Boss". Another strongpoint of the film is excellent soundtrack by Louis Bacalov. Recommended, but perhaps only if you're familiar with European – and then particularly Italian -exploitation from the late 70's and early 80's.

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