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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 »




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
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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Shooting began on 15th September 1986. See more »


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"How's it feel to be surrounded by death?"
7 May 2016 | by Hey_SwedenSee all my reviews

It's all about director Lamberto Bavas' style in this decent Giallo with a merely okay story but lots of sex and violence. Beautiful Serena Grandi (known as the "Dolly Parton of Italy") stars as Gioia (Gloria in the English language version), a former model who now owns and operates an adults only magazine. Her models begin to be slaughtered by a psycho admirer of hers, who arranges their dead bodies in front of a photo of her. Naturally, this leads her to believe that she will eventually become the killers' ultimate victim.

The lighting and camera work are exemplary. Certainly if Lambertos' father Mario had seen this one, he likely would have been proud. There is also some effective suspense at times. Simon Boswell supplies a score that alternates between pounding rock 'n' roll and more conventional arrangements. (One climactic chase scene would have done better to do away with the rock score.) The screenplay by Gianfranco Clerici & Daniele Stroppa does at least succeed in keeping fans of this genre interested in determining which of the possible suspects will eventually be unmasked as the real culprit. The most original touch is when things are shown from the killers' warped perspective, and it's too bad that we don't see a little more of this throughout.

The performances are adequate enough for the material. Nothing award worthy, but entertaining. Grandi is well supported by Daria Nicolodi, Vanni Corbellini, David Brandon, Karl Zinny (who'd acted for Lamberto in "Demons", and who here plays a horny, sleazy, surly, wheelchair bound kid), and the most welcome of all, Italian cult & exploitation icon George Eastman, playing Gioias' ex fiancée, an actor. There are several very attractive female cast members and numerous breast shots for those who are interested. Veteran sex symbol Capucine appears as Gioias' bitter business rival.

If you enjoy the genre or the films of Bava Jr., this should be an agreeable hour and a half exercise in style and sleaze.

Seven out of 10.

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10 April 1987 (Italy) See more »

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Delirium: Photo of Gioia See more »

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