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Il prato macchiato di rosso (1973)

A group of rich decadents pick up wanderers from the streets and take them back to their large villa, where they are initially treated with consummate care but things take a turn for the worse.

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Enzo Tarascio ... Dr. Antonio Genovese
Daniela Caroli ... Max's companion
George Willing ... Max (as Georg Willing)
Claudio Biava ... Alfiero, Nina's brother
Barbara Marzano ... A gypsy
... A prostitute
Lucio Dalla ... A tramp
... A UNESCO agent
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Rather off-kilter but enjoyable psycho/thriller
23 November 2016 | by See all my reviews

Having collected various strangers, a deranged and twisted family brings the group together in their home where it soon dawns on them how psychotic they are and must try to get away alive.

This one here was quite the enjoyable psycho-thriller. One of the more engaging parts of this one is the fact that there's quite a lengthy and prolonged first half that really does a great job at building a chilling and creepy atmosphere. The scenes of the group securing the different people, ranging from the different degenerates and hitchhikers in the various parts of town then bringing them back to their house under the guise of treating them well only to have the tables turned on them makes for a solid exploitation premise that features all the usual sleaze and nudity usually found there yet subtly instituting clues that something's not quite right along the way. From the couple's odd habits, finding the nude woman tied up in the bedroom and the psychedelic soundtrack playing over the orgy in the hall of mirrors, there's enough weirdness going on that it really makes for an appropriate set-up already so that once it turns around in the second half it's gradual induction of their strange machines kept hidden away really turns this one into quite the chilling effort. Once there, the raging thunderstorm and the reveal of their trap gives this a nice air that's magnified by the actual draining procedure conducted by the robot which is quite a surreal sight. There's quite a lot to really enjoy here with these elements, though there's a few minor problems with this one. The biggest issue is undoubtedly the confusing investigation going on alongside this one as it is so lazily shoehorned into the proceedings that it's quite obvious an afterthought by the short, quick-cut inserts they are placed into the film and interrupt the sleaze and exploitation in the remaining parts of the film. Likewise, this also tends to cause the film to stutter along with quite a rather plodding pace during this section and really keeps the film from unleashing it's full gimmick until quite late in here which is due to the rather unnecessary inclusion here. Otherwise, there's not much else really wrong here.

Rated Unrated/R: Full Nudity and drug use.


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