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Delirium (1987)

Le foto di Gioia (original title)
Unrated | | Horror, Mystery, Thriller | 10 April 1987 (Italy)
A former hooker runs a successful men's magazine. An obsessed admirer systematically slaughters her models (occasionally increasing the magazine's output) and supplies the mistress with ... See full summary »


Lamberto Bava


Luciano Martino (story), Gianfranco Clerici (screenplay) | 1 more credit »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Serena Grandi ... Gioia
Daria Nicolodi ... Evelyn
Vanni Corbellini Vanni Corbellini ... Tony
David Brandon ... Roberto
George Eastman ... Alex
Trine Michelsen Trine Michelsen ... Kim (as Katrine Michelsen)
Karl Zinny ... Mark
Lino Salemme ... Inspector Corsi
Sabrina Salerno ... Sabrina
Capucine ... Flora
Loredana Petricca Loredana Petricca
Lionello Pio Di Savoia Lionello Pio Di Savoia ... Dr. Lorenzi
Beatrice Kruger ... (as Béatrice Kruger)
Gianni Franco Gianni Franco
Marcia Sedoc Marcia Sedoc ... Kelly


A former hooker runs a successful men's magazine. An obsessed admirer systematically slaughters her models (occasionally increasing the magazine's output) and supplies the mistress with pictures of their disfigured corpses taken in front of her semi-nude posters visible in the background. Is she going to be the psycho's next victim? Written by X

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Ella provocaba bajas pasiones que terminaban en depravación, horror y muerte... (Mexico)


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Release Date:

10 April 1987 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Delirium: Photo of Gioia See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Dario Argento was at one point attached but pulled out due to script changes. See more »


References Rear Window (1954) See more »

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Great Giallo! …And starring one of the most beautiful women who ever lived!!!
14 June 2004 | by CoventrySee all my reviews

Lamberto Bava's Delirium is like a textbook Giallo example and therefore, it automatically divides entire audiences. Either you feel this type of films is a bunch of perverted nonsense… (and then I pity you) or you love what you see and list it among your personal favorites. Pivot character in Delirium is Gioia. She's a former nude model who now (after her husband's death) runs a successful magazine. A dangerously deranged maniac slaughters her models and then sends pictures of them to Gioia, with old posters of her in the background. Fear fills up the wondrous body of our heroine, since there're many possible suspects. Her handicapped, adolescent neighbor has a sick obsession of her, there's the killing concurrence with other magazines and a long-lost lover who acts strange… On the commentary track of the DVD, director Lamberto Bava explains why he loved making this film so much…In Delirium, he could really show murders and violence like he pictured them since a long time already. And I see what he means, because that's where the weirdness kicks in. The last few moments of the victim's life are seen through the eyes of the slayer and therefore, they become stylish and quite mental. Beautiful models turn into ugly creatures with eyes the size of an entire head and other kinky stuff like this. `Delirium' contains loads of nudity and some extremely violent sequences. The twists and turns near the end are typical for this Giallo movie style. Sure it's far-fetched, sick and nauseating…but hey, that's Giallo for you! Personally, I love it and I even thought the Delirium climax is among the best Giollo endings I ever saw. Easily offended people better not see it, or they start complaining about Italian horror again. As before mentioned, the film stars the amazingly beautiful Serena Grandi. She's nicknamed `Dolly Parton of Italy' so that gives you an idea what her chest area looks like… But her face sure looks a lot better than Dolly's and Serena knows how to act as well. The sequences in which she shows her Goddess body are moments to treasure. Fans of extravagant cinema, as well as admirers of the Italian horror scene: try to get your hands on this movie!! It deserves more attention and praise and it certainly guarantees a fun and memorable viewing. Along with Demons and A Blade in the Dark, this is Lamberto Bava's greatest work! He doesn't quite live up to his father's repertoire (Mario Bava) but he certainly shouldn't be forgotten, neither!

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