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Delirio caldo (1972)

Not Rated | | Mystery, Thriller, War | 5 July 1972 (Italy)
A respected doctor becomes the prime suspect in a series of gruesome murders.


Renato Polselli (as Ralph Brown)


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Credited cast:
Mickey Hargitay ... Dr. Herbert Lyutak
Rita Calderoni Rita Calderoni ... Marcia Lyutak
Raul Lovecchio Raul Lovecchio ... Inspector Edwards (as Raoul)
Carmen Young Carmen Young ... Bonita (US version only)
Christa Barrymore Christa Barrymore ... Joaquine
Tano Cimarosa ... John Lacey 'Crocchetta'
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Marcello Bonini Olas Marcello Bonini Olas ... Barman
Katia Cardinali Katia Cardinali ... Miss Heindrich
William Darni William Darni ... Willy
Max Dorian Max Dorian ... Richard
Stefania Fassio Stefania Fassio ... First victim (as Steffy Steffen)
Stefano Oppedisano Stefano Oppedisano ... Journalist
Cristina Perrier Cristina Perrier ... Laurel


A crazed and sadistic sex maniac is on the loose, despite the esteemed criminal psychologist and police consultant Dr Herbert Lyutak's vain efforts to track him down. This extremely stressful situation is beginning to take its toll on the good doctor's marriage with the beautiful Marzia Lyutak, who is worried sick, seemingly unable to care for his needs. Is Herbert holding in terrible and corrosive emotions? Who can put an end to the unstoppable serial killer's horrific murder spree? Written by Nick Riganas

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Mickey Hargitay, as the sex maniac doctor, makes Bluebeard look like Mary Poppins! See more »


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Release Date:

5 July 1972 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Death at the Villa See more »

Filming Locations:

Rome, Lazio, Italy

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Technical Specs


| (re-edited American) | (video)

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Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Herbert Lyutak: Enough, Herbert! You are a hyena, hyena!
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Alternate Versions

The American Blue Underground DVD offers two distinctly different versions of the film. The full-length Italian version runs 102 minutes. The shorter American version runs 85 minutes. It begins and ends with scenes set in Vietnam with Mickey Hargitay as a wounded soldier and Rita Calderoni as a helicopter nurse. This version also features an extra killing and a different denouement. See more »


Referenced in Paura: Lucio Fulci Remembered - Volume 1 (2008) See more »

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Avoid the American version
23 November 2004 | by lazarilloSee all my reviews

Thanks to a certain gray market outfit in south Florida that searches for obscure videos, I got stuck with the shorn American print of this movie, but it does have some very ridiculous added "Vietnam" footage which might make it the first movie ever to deal with the fallout from that war. A deranged Vietnam vet and forensic psychologist is driven by his traumatic war experiences (and implied impotence) to murder mini-skirted Italian co-eds (just like he did in 'Nam I'm sure). His loyal wife tries to cover up for him the only way she knows how. Mickey Hargitay is the name star. After seeing "Bloody Pit of Horror" I had no trouble buying him as a deranged killer, but a police psychologist?--c'mon. Mickey had apparently been making bad movies in Italy for so long by this point that he'd started speaking with an Italian accent. (Seriously, why did they cast third-rate American actors in these movies and then dub them when they're speaking English?). Rita Calderoni plays the wife. She wasn't a bad actress, but the enjoyment of her performance varies inversely with the amount of clothes she is wearing, and she's a little overdressed here (if you want to see a lot more of her check out the appropriately named "Nude for Satan"). There are also a lot of anonymous Italian girls in impossibly short minis (unfortunately, this is exactly the kind of sleazy movie that looks up their skirts while they're being strangled or shows them topless after they're dead). There's also a strange, recurring dream sequence where a shirtless Mickey strangles himself with a chain while his naked wife, maid(!),and college-age niece(!!) all writhe around on the floor at his feet.

Anchor Bay apparently has included both this version and the longer European version on their legitimate DVD and it costs half as much used as what the more unscrupulous bootleggers are charging. Avoid just getting the American version, but I would recommend this to moral degenerates who enjoy this kind of sleazy, Italian-made filth (you know who you are).

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