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The Murder Clinic (1966)

La lama nel corpo (original title)
GP | | Horror | 17 March 1966 (Italy)
Patients and staff of an isolated mental hospital are being killed off by a hooded maniac who stalks the halls.


Elio Scardamaglia (as Michael Hamilton)


Ernesto Gastaldi (screenplay) (as Julian Berry), Luciano Martino (screenplay) (as Martin Hardy) | 3 more credits »




Complete credited cast:
William Berger ... Dr. Robert Vance
Françoise Prévost ... Gisèle de Brantome
Mary Young ... Lizabeth Vance
Barbara Wilson Barbara Wilson ... Mary Stuart
Philippe Hersent Philippe Hersent ... Marc de Brantome
Harriet Medin ... Sheena (as Harriet White)
Germano Longo ... Ivan (as Grant Laramy)
Massimo Righi ... Fred (as Max Dean)
Delfi Mauro Delfi Mauro ... Laura - Lizabeth's Sister (as Delphine Maurin)
Anna Maria Polani Anna Maria Polani ... Janey - Hospital Patient (as Ann Sherman)
Rossella Bergamonti Rossella Bergamonti ... Katty - Nurse (as Patricia Carr)
William Gold William Gold ... Walter


Patients and staff of an isolated mental hospital are being killed off by a hooded maniac who stalks the halls.

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Bloodletter! Bone-chilling! The thing is subhuman and it has a knife!




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Passable early Giallo
8 May 2008 | by CoventrySee all my reviews

"Murder Clinic" is one of them obscure and early (mid-60's) Gialli that you'll probably never see, unless you're willing to purchase a prehistoric VHS copy or – even worse - a bootleg DVD ripped from the aforementioned prehistoric tape. You know those things that are practically unwatchable because the original colors faded and the picture is constantly fuzzy? In other words this Giallo is only meant for the eyes of avid Giallo-buffs, as I sincerely doubt a proper release on disc will ever follow. "Murder Clinic" is a very passable Italian horror effort, but nevertheless amusing and it certainly contains a handful of potentially good ideas. It was the sixties, so Gialli movies still leaned towards Gothic settings and darkly sinister filming location. But, on the other hand, the Giallo-formula was still relatively new and thus the screenplay (penned down by veterans Ernesto Gastaldi and Luciano Martino) is very straightforward with clear twists and logical red herrings. The year is 1870 and the sinister events take place in a private clinic run by the demanding Dr. Vance and his obnoxious wife Liz. The movie doesn't waste too much time, as there quickly pops up a hooded killer who waves around a sharp razor and butchers patients as well as staff members. There are a number of possibilities for whom the killer might turn out to be, and the least you can say is that the denouement is acceptable. The murders sequences are decent, obviously not outrageously gross but definitely bloodier than I anticipated for a 60's film. There are some tedious parts and the acting performances – with the exception of William Berger as the Doc – are very much below average. The music is atmospheric and luckily the film only ran for a good 80 minutes. Not so much because I was bored to death, but because the incredibly poor bootleg disc hurt my eyes and ears.

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(re-release) (1972) | (re-release) (1968)

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