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The Monster of Florence (1986)

Il mostro di Firenze (original title)
A string of sex murders has been plaguing Florence for almost 15 years, in which a serial killer brutally murders couples who are sneaking "a quickie" in public areas. A writer who is doing... See full summary »

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Leonard Mann ...
Andreas Ackerman
Bettina Giovannini ...
Giulia
Gabriele Tinti ...
Enrico
Francesca Muzio
Federico Pacifici
Alberto Di Stasio
Anna Orso ...
Mother of a victim
Lydia Mancinelli ...
(as Lidia Mancinelli)
Antonio Ballerio
Gil Baroni ...
(as Gianfranco Baroni)
Vittorio Capobianco
Giuseppe Mauro Cruciano
Stefania Dadda
Carole Le Pers
Agatino Magri
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A string of sex murders has been plaguing Florence for almost 15 years, in which a serial killer brutally murders couples who are sneaking "a quickie" in public areas. A writer who is doing research for a book about the crimes sets out to uncover the identity of the killer, aided by his beautiful girlfriend. Based on a true story. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Ogni estate, in una notte di luna piena... (Every summer on a full moon night..).

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12 April 1986 (Italy)  »

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Not As Bad As The Rating Suggests
21 November 2007 | by See all my reviews

Cesare Ferrario's "Il Mostro Di Firenze" aka. "The Monster Of Florence" (I bought it as "Night Ripper") of 1986 is certainly no Italian thriller highlight, and definitely one of the weaker gialli out there, but it is nevertheless not nearly as bad as the current average rating (of 3.3) suggests. Sure, the movie is at times pretty confusing, the killer's motivations seem a bit far-fetched, and the acting is definitely not the best, but, as far as I am concerned, this movie also has its qualities. The movie is quite creepy at times, and although it's certainly not the most suspenseful thing ever brought to screen, it has a certain eerie atmosphere, which is intensified by a pretty cool (though in no way outstanding) score.

Several gruesome murders of young couples have occurred around Florence since 1968. In 1985, when this series of murders has not yet come to an end, Writer Andreas Ackermann (Leonard Mann) is currently writing a book about the killings, and therefore works on some kind of psychological profile of the mysterious psychopath...

Leonard Mann is probably best known for his roles in Spaghetti Westerns such as "Forgotten Pistolero", "Three Amens For Satan" and "Chuck Moll", and although the guy may not be a great actor, he fits in his role of Andreas Ackermann very well, in my opinion. I also liked Bettina Giovanini as his beautiful girlfriend Giulia. Most of the performances in "The Monster Of Florence" are not too memorable, of course, but I've definitely seen worse. The story is admittedly quite confusing, but there are many moments of creepiness and suspense to keep the film from getting boring. As mentioned above, the score is also pretty good and contributes a lot to the atmosphere. The most frightening thing about this film, however, is still the dubbing, which is at times unbearable, at least in the German language version. Therefore, I'd try to watch the Italian version, if possible.

All things considered, "Il Mostro Di Firenze" is definitely not a very original movie, and confusing in many parts, but, as far as I am concerned, it is certainly not as bad as the low rating would make you think, and an entertaining time waster over all. Mildly recommended to my fellow Italian Horror buffs.


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