I could not find a version of this movie that was dubbed in English, but my eyes were glued to the screen anyway, so reading subtitles was not at all challenging. The film was directed by Sergio Martino and stars Anita Strindberg, Luigi Pistilli, and giallo queen Edwige Fenech—who was married to Martino at the time—and borrows heavily from Poe’s “The Black Cat,” which I have not read. (The film does give a homicidal black cat a ton of screen time, so I do not have a hard time believing Poe was an influence.)
This film follows a drunk, abusive, racist, washed-up writer, Oliviero (Pistilli), his tortured wife, Irena (Strindberg), and his bisexual, foxy niece, Floriana (Fenech), all living together in a crumbling mansion, where every night is mind game night. You get the idea that things have never been peaceful at this particular mansion, but it all goes sideways once Oliverio’s mistress turns up dead. If you’re used to seeing Fenech as a tormented, final girl-type character, watching her as the cool, calculating, sexually uninhibited Floriana will be a treat, as will the gay scenes.
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