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Murder Syndrome (1981)

Murder Obsession (original title)
Not Rated | | Horror, Mystery | 24 February 1981 (Italy)
Michael is a successful actor, but he has a scandal in his past: at a tender age he knifed his father to death. He and his girlfriend Deborah go to his mother's for the weekend, and are ... See full summary »

Director:

Riccardo Freda (as Robert Hampton)

Writers:

Antonio Cesare Corti (screenplay), Antonio Cesare Corti (story) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Stefano Patrizi ... Michael Stanford / William Stanford
Martine Brochard ... Shirley Dyson
Henri Garcin Henri Garcin ... Hans Schwartz
Laura Gemser ... Beryl Fisher
John Richardson ... Oliver
Anita Strindberg ... Glenda Stanford
Silvia Dionisio ... Deborah Jordan
Fabrizio Moroni Fabrizio Moroni
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Michael is a successful actor, but he has a scandal in his past: at a tender age he knifed his father to death. He and his girlfriend Deborah go to his mother's for the weekend, and are joined by the director and others from a recent film project, who are given a rather cool reception by the superstitious housekeeper Oliver. Soon rude things begin happening to some of the guests, and Michael fears a repeat of his nightmare past is in progress. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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Horror | Mystery

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

Italy | France

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

24 February 1981 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Murder Syndrome See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Obvious rubber dummy of Hans just before been hit by the ax. See more »

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The closing credits appear on a still photograph of the black magic book used for the black mass. See more »

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A summation of the Italian Golden Age of Horror
26 July 2000 | by bobmonellSee all my reviews

A group of filmmakers travel to the family home of the lead actor to scout locations. They are greeted by his disturbed mother and her sinister servant.

Maestro Freda's last feature is a baroque masterwork which indeed forms a kind of review of the entire Italian horror tradition from BLACK SUNDAY on. BLACK SUNDAY lead actor John Richardson appears as the servant in a possible nod to former Freda collaborator Mario Bava.

The story contains many elements from other horror films: PSYCHO, THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE, DEEP RED, but Freda tells the tale in an ornate style referencing classical art and music in his imagery and on the soundtrack. The acting is mediocre, but the carefully composed imagery makes up for it. Such hallucinatory visions as a clutch of bleeding skulls, a giant spider and black mass which resembles both a Dali painting and a Michaelangelo sculpture are indelible. Highly recommended for Italian horror and Freda fans. A very underrated film which shows the director still at the apex of his creative powers.


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