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The Strange Vice of Mrs. Wardh (1971)

Lo strano vizio della signora Wardh (original title)
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An ambassador's wife discovers that one of the men in her life - either her husband, an ex-lover or her current lover - may be a vicious serial killer.

Director:

Sergio Martino

Writers:

Eduardo Manzanos (original story) (as Eduardo M. Brochero), Eduardo Manzanos (screenplay) (as Eduardo M. Brochero) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
George Hilton ... George Corro
Edwige Fenech ... Julie Wardh
Conchita Airoldi ... Carol Brandt (as Cristina Airoldi)
Manuel Gil ... Dr. Arbe (as Manuel Gill)
Carlo Alighiero Carlo Alighiero ... Commissioner
Ivan Rassimov ... Jean
Alberto de Mendoza ... Neil Wardh
Bruno Corazzari ... Killer
Marella Corbi Marella Corbi ... Victim who escapes from the killer
Miguel del Castillo Miguel del Castillo ... Spanish Doctor
Luis de Tejada Luis de Tejada ... The inspector
Brizio Montinaro Brizio Montinaro ... Ospite Al party
Pouchi Pouchi ... Victim in the shower (as Pouchie)
Mira Vidotto Mira Vidotto ... Cameriera Della Wardh
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Storyline

Mrs. Julie Wardh returns to Vienna with her husband Neil Wardh, who is an investor in Wall Street. Julie and Neil have been married for one year but they do not love each other. Julie has a trauma from her former boyfriend Jean, who was a sadistic man. While Neil has meetings in Austria, Julie spends he vacation with her friend Carol Brandt. They go to a party where Carol introduces her handsome cousin George Corro, who has just inherited a fortune with her. When Julie sees Jean in the party, she decides to leave the place. Soon Julie, who is neglected by Neil, has a love affair with George. Meanwhile a serial-killer that kills women with a razor blade is terrifying Vienna and the inspector has no lead to follow. When Julie is blackmailed because of her love affair with George, she suspects Jean might be the blackmailer. Carol decides to go to the meeting with the blackmailer and is killed. Julie believes that Jean might be the wanted killer and decides to leave Vienna and Neil to go ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Always unseen... unheard... until he reached out to touch and caress! See more »


Certificate:

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Country:

Italy | Spain | Austria

Language:

Italian | Spanish

Release Date:

13 August 1971 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Next Victim See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The film was refused a UK cinema certificate in 1971 and passed uncut for DVD in 2011. See more »

Goofs

When Julie hears the bellboy knock at the apartment door, she puts on a blue bathrobe without a belt. When she looks through the peephole to see who it is, she is wearing the same bathrobe, but as soon as she opens the door the robe has suddenly acquired a belt. See more »

Quotes

George Corro: My specialty is courting ladies in the presence of their husbands.
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Crazy Credits

"The very fact that the commandment says "do not kill" makes us aware and convinced that we are descended from an unbroken chain of generations of assassins, for whom the love of murder was in their blood, as it is perhaps in ours." - Sigmund Freud See more »

Alternate Versions

This was released at least twice on VHS in the United States. The version called Next Victim (box claims it runs 87 minutes) is quite different than the version released as Blade of The Ripper (box claims it runs 83 minutes). The film was shot in widescreen 2:35 and neither is letterboxed. The version released as Next Victim has had all of the nudity edited out of it. Blade of the Ripper has had the opening titles and several other sequences removed entirely, which accounts for the short running time. See more »

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Among the best in my opinion
28 December 2004 | by Bogey ManSee all my reviews

Sergio Martino's "Lo Strano vizio della Signora Wardh" (1970) is a welcome addition to the list of giallos that had remained long unseen for me. Martino has done some of the most interesting of the 70's exploitation cinema (like "Torso" and "Mountain of the Cannibal God") and also an interesting spaghetti western "Mannaja." The giallo hasn't as hard-to-follow and confusing plot as it could have, there are not too many characters which makes their efforts and plot turns easy to follow. The story is simple and involves strange murders closely related to beautiful Wardh lady. There are some masterfully constructed mystery / giallo segments that look no less ambitious than those of Dario Argento. I mean mostly the garage scene and the "gas" scene near the end. These build the suspense well and involve the audience much better than some of the more gore-oriented works of the genre. Martino's film has also some stylish and violent murders but fortunately he didn't concentrate only on them. The locations are simply stunning, and the end twist is surprising and certainly original in my opinion. I think this is among the best of the giallo genre, on the same level with Mario Bava's "Blood and Black Lace", the films by Argento and Tonino Valerii's "My Dear Killer", for example, to name just a few.


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