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La corrupción de Chris Miller (1973)

A serial killer uses a scythe to slash his murder victims--or maybe it's *her* murder victims?

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Santiago Moncada (screenplay), Santiago Moncada (story)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jean Seberg ... Ruth Miller
Marisol ... Chris Miller
Barry Stokes ... Barney Webster
Perla Cristal ... Perla
Rudy Gaebel Rudy Gaebel ... Lewis
Gérard Tichy ... Commissioner
Alicia Altabella Alicia Altabella ... Adela
Mariano Vidal Molina ... Ernesto (as Vidal Molina)
María Bardem María Bardem ... Maria
Juan Antonio Bardem ... Pedro (as Juan Bardem)
Miguel Bardem Miguel Bardem ... Tin
Gustavo Re ... Shopkeeper
Carl Rapp Carl Rapp ... TV Reporter
Goyo Lebrero Goyo Lebrero ... Peasant
Antonio Parra Antonio Parra ... Postman
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Storyline

A serial killer uses a scythe to slash his murder victims--or maybe it's *her* murder victims?

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When it rains it pours...BLOOD!


Certificate:

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Details

Country:

Spain

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

September 1975 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Behind the Shutters See more »

Filming Locations:

Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Xavier Armet P.C. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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According to star Jean Seberg's biography the actress was rather embarrassed to appear in this film because of its lurid subject matter. She only took the role due to financial matters. See more »

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Referenced in Beauty (1981) See more »

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Au clair de la lune
Performed by Barry Stokes, Jean Seberg and Marisol
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Interesting and well worked Spanish thriller
23 June 2009 | by The_VoidSee all my reviews

The Corruption of Chris Miller is often labelled as a Giallo; this is not really the case, although the film does feature some of the trademarks of the genre amongst its multilayered plot. I'd say it falls somewhere between a murder thriller and a psychological drama; and the two main plot lines represent both genres. The film reminded me a lot of René Clément's masterpiece Joy House in the way that the relationship between the three central characters works. The film begins with a grisly murder, committed by someone dressed as Charlie Chaplin. From there, we move on to a house inhabited by two women, a mother and a stepdaughter; who is scared of the rain as she was raped in the shower by a bodybuilder when she was a child. The mother later finds a drifter taking a nap in the barn, and after some convincing, agrees to take the stranger on to do odd jobs for them in return for free board. However, it's not long before the man's presence makes tensions rise among the mother and daughter; and the murders in town are continuing.

The film does not make murder its central plot line, and there's not a lot of blood either. The main plot is the relationship between the mother, stepdaughter and the mysterious drifter, and this takes up the majority of the film. The three way relationship is not disinteresting, although it has to be said that it's a bit long winded and spoiled by some less than brilliant performances. Chief among them is Barry Stokes; who is extremely wooden. Jean Seberg and Marisol so-star and are better, though none of the actors particularly impress. Director Juan Antonio Bardem does succeed, however, in creating a foreboding atmosphere; the countryside setting creates a feeling of isolation and this bodes well with the plot line. The film really does pick up in the final third and the ending is strong, as well as wrapping things up nicely. Overall, while this film is not a Giallo; it will certainly be of interest to Giallo fans and is well worth tracking down.


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