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Il demonio nel cervello (1976)

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Christiana Borghi ...
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Luigia Giuri
Antonio Maimone
Piero Fabiani
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Not bad ...but not reely "horror/giallo", either
1 December 2016 | by (NYC suburbs) – See all my reviews

A motorcycle drifter pulls into a ramshackle garage for some new spark plugs and is soon followed by a rich old man and his young mistress who need a water pump for their Lincoln Continental. While the misogynistic mechanic fixes their vehicles and his mute wife serves beer and sandwiches, each of them fantasize about raping, murdering, and/or rescuing the others (the titular "demon in the brain", no doubt). When the repairs are completed, the kept girl decides she likes the drifter better than her elderly benefactor and off they ride into the sunset (or sunrise, whatever).

WTF???

The only reason I can think of as to why this film's IMDb genre is listed as "horror" is because it's probably being confused with Sergio Sollima's 1972 giallo IL DIAVOLO NEL CERVELLO (A Devil In The Brain). My first clue this wasn't what I was expecting should have been the fact that it's not listed in Adrian Luther Smith's "giallo bible", BLOOD & BLACK LACE: THE DEFINITIVE GUIDE TO Italian SEX AND HORROR MOVIES but for all that, it's not a bad little movie (it's even got a catchy title tune, "The Revenger") and I suppose the characters' daydreams do contain elements of horror but that's reely stretching it a bit. Consider this a public service announcement and buyer beware.


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