The housekeeper Lucille lives in an old castle with her nephew Colin and Falaise, the daughter of the landlord, André. All the guests of the villa are systematically killed by the three of them, then they are saponified in the dungeons of the castle. Falaise is convinced that she killed her father, who died several years earlier. The arrival at the castle of a man who pretends to be Andrè who made a facial plastic (but in reality he is a police inspector) will solve the mystery: Falaise, in reality, is none other than Lucille's daughter, Esther. Lucille, with the complicity of the two boys, killed all those who approached the house in order to cover a series of events that occurred thirteen years before. A gang of criminals had tried to kill Mr. Gardère, who had managed to escape. Lucille had faked him death at sea, remaining the sole owner of the castle. On that terrible night the killer had raped Falaise who, believing him to be the father. But in reality things had gone differently...
After being released from prison, a criminal intending to blackmail the family of a suspected murder he witnessed years earlier only to find the family a far more demented bunch than he expected while a mysterious killer running complicates his quest and forces his plans to change.
This was quite the interesting yet silly giallo. Part of the film's appeal lies in the dual nature of the film which starts right at the beginning with such a goofy and nonsensical setup. In order to buy into the film in general, the utterly contrived storyline at the heart of the film has to be taken into account and that presents this with a daunting challenge off the bat by being forced to accept this idea. This setup does spring forth plenty of typical giallo fun so it does have a lot of worth with the way it brings this together in order to fulfill the genre requirements which is what makes for a decent enough time here. The constant shadiness and general air of sleaziness usually found in these films is in full effects here, from the madness and paranoia at the beginning over what the body being buried really means, the childhood trauma at the center of the rampage and the remaining scenes of just outright odd behaviors they all indulge in that ranges from the dancing and incest just combines together into one utterly odd effort. This makes what happens in the end when the efforts of the family finally get revealed in a series of utterly ludicrous setups that attempt to explain the actions of the plot which piles on more twists and surprise reveals than an entire season of a regular soap opera. It is clear that these various twists and turns are meant to come as a complete shock which is only because it's downright incredible that anybody would ever see them coming as the material is so haphazardly put together this never comes close to jelling into a whole. That these manage to drive the film away from being a typical giallo with the incredibly overwrought sequences found within that just don't make any sense with all the different revelations being brought out in the endless series of flashbacks that reduce the kill-count significantly by having dispatched of the killer earlier in the film. That this spares us having to watch more of the utterly atrocious special effects is perhaps a blessing with the film running through such a truly atrocious series of special effects work that is completely comical rather than shocking due to the painfully obvious mannequin heads. Although there's some brutality to mention in there with the intent behind it, these here are what hold it down somewhat.
Rated Unrated/R: Graphic Violence, Full Nudity, Language, a rape scene and drug use.
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