Play Motel (1979) – Italy


AKA: 
Year: 1979
Original title: Play Motel
Runtime: 1 hour 32 minutes
Country: Italy
Language: Italian
Genre: Crime | Horror | Thriller | Giallo
Director: Mario Gariazzo
Cast: 
Ray Lovelock … Roberto Vinci
Anna Maria Rizzoli… Patrizia
Mario Cutini … Willy
Antonella Antinori… Anna De Marchis
Patrizia Behn … Luisa Cortesi
Enzo Fisichella … Rinaldo Cortesi
Marina Hedman … Loredana Salvi (as Marina Frajese)
Mario Novelli … Play Motel receptionist
Marino Masé … Max Liguori
Patrizia Webley … Valeria Marzotti
Vittorio Ripamonti… Guido Toselli
Bob Balisteri
Bruno Di Luia
Franco Beltramme
Michele Zurlaro

Plot / Synopsis: 
Prolific screenwriter Mario Gariazzo directed this entertainingly low-rent softcore romp set at a shady no-tell motel where a photographer surreptitiously photographs trysting lovers in order to blackmail them. For no other reason than Gariazzo’s extensive background in giallo thrillers, there’s a black-gloved killer roaming around, and Gloria Fava belts some horrendous songs to Ubaldo Continello’s peculiar score. Ray Lovelock stars with Antonio Sabato, Marino Mase, and Antonio De Teffe. Fans of Andrea Bianchi’s flamboyant Malabimba (released the same year) will be amused to see Enzo Fisichella and Patrizia De Rossi together again. There is, of course, plenty of skin for the casual viewer..

The Body (1974) – Italy

AKA: -
Year: 1974
Original title: Il corpo
Runtime: 1 hour 29 minutes
Country: Italy
Language: English | Italian  (dual-audio)
Subtitles: None
Genre: Drama | Thriller | Giallo
Director: Luigi Scattini
Cast:
Carroll Baker … Madeliene
Zeudi Araya Cristaldi … Princess
Luigi Antonio Guerra
Leonard Mann … Alan
Enrico Maria Salerno … Antoine

Plot / Synopsis:
Director Luigi Scattini had previously worked with the beautiful model-turned-actress Zeudi Araya in “The Sinner” (1972) and in a previous film that I have not had the pleasure of viewing. Even though she was constantly typecast as the beautiful barefoot island girl, it was always obvious that Araya was having a good time. Casting “Il Corpo” with such tried-and true talents as Leonard Mann, Enrico Maria Salerno, Carroll Baker and Ms. Araya, it is equally obvious that Scattini had a good time, and the result is a dramatic, slightly erotic thriller that begs to be seen. The story is simple and familiar: Mann comes to work for Salerno and his common-law wife Araya, and with Salerno going away from time to time, Mann and Araya fall for each other, and the classic love triangle develops. From here, though, Scattini takes his characters in not-so-obvious directions and leads them them all down the path toward self-destruction.

 

Atrocious Tales of Love and Revenge (1979) – Italy

AKA: -
Year: 1979
Original title: Giallo napoletano
Runtime: 1 hour 52 minutes
Country: Italy
Language: Italian (original) | Czech (dubbed) (dual-audio)
Subtitles: English | Czech (vobsubs)
Genre: Mystery | Giallo
Director: Sergio Corbucci
Cast:
Marcello Mastroianni… Raffaele Capece
Ornella Muti … Lucia Navarro
Renato Pozzetto… Commissario Voghera
Michel Piccoli … Victor Navarro
Zeudi Araya Cristaldi… Elizabeth
Capucine … Suor Angela
Peppino De Filippo… Natale Capece
Elena Fiore … donna Filomena
Peppe Barra … Giardino

Plot / Synopsis:
Raphael (Marcello Mastroianni), a restaurant mandolin player with a limp, a father to support, and a lot of debt, accepts a job offered by his friend, Giardino, to play a serenade under an apartment window at the behest of a mysterious blonde. As he’s playing, a man high up on a balcony is pushed to his death. The apartment belongs to a famous conductor who promises to help Raphael’s musical career if he can find out who the blonde was so the musician pays a call on Giardino only to see him come sailing out the window. Raphael soon finds himself up to his neck in murder, gangsters, blackmail, and a long-ago crime dating back to World War II when he becomes involved with the maestro’s daughter-in-law (Ornella Muti), a nurse at a nearby mental hospital..

Pensione paura (1977) – Italian

AKA: -
Year: 1977
Original title:  Pensione paura
Runtime: 1 hour 35 minutes
Country: Spain | Italy
Language: Italian
Subtitles: English (.srt)
Genre: Drama | Horror | Mystery | Romance | Thriller | Giallo
Director:  Francesco Barilli
Cast:
Luc Merenda … Rodolfo
Leonora Fani … Rosa
Francisco Rabal … Marta’s lover
Jole Fierro   … Rodolfo’s lover
José María Prada
Lidia Biondi … Marta
Máximo Valverde
Wolfango Soldati … Fascist
Carlo Totti … Second Fascist
Francesco Impeciati
Luigi De Santis
Maria D’Alessandro  … Prostitute
Diala Caruso   … Prostitute
Arnaldo Caivano

Plot / Synopsis:
During World War II, young Rosa and her mother run a hotel in the Italian countryside, mourning over the death of her dead father. When the mother dies under mysterious circumstances, Rosa finds herself at mercy of her sex-crazed guests, but not before a hooded assailant, lurking in the shadows of the hotel, starts killing off each and everyone that tries to harm Rosa. Could it be her dead father back from the dead to avenge his daughter?

A.A.A. Masseuse, Good-Looking, Offers Her Services (1972) – Italy

AKA: -
Year: 1972
Original title: A.A.A. Massaggiatrice bella presenza offresi…
Runtime: 1 hour 23 minutes
Country: Italy
Language: Italian
Subtitles: English (.srt)
Genre: Thriller | Giallo
Director: Demofilo Fidani
Cast:
Simonetta Vitelli … Paola
Jerry Colman           … Franco – Boyfriend of Paola
Raffaele Curi … Marco – Boyfriend of Cristina
Carlo Gentili … Santino
Ettore Manni … Police Commissioner
Jack Betts … Enrico Graziani
Giancarlo Prete … 1st client of Cristina
Franco Ressel … D’Angelo
Paola Senatore … Cristina Graziani
Mario Valdemarin   … Fabretto
Howard Ross … Oskar
Armando Bottin
Enzo Pulcrano … Man in billiard-room
Giorgio Gravina

Plot / Synopsis:
The customers of a masseuse fall prey to a mysterious serial killer, one by one.

Your Hands on My Body (1970) – Italy

AKA: -
Year: 1970
Original title: Le tue mani sul mio corpo
Runtime: 1 hour 26 minutes
Country: Italy
Language: Italian
Subtitles: English (.srt)
Genre: Thriller | Giallo
Director:  Brunello Rondi
Cast
Lino Capolicchio … Andrea
Erna Schurer … Mireille
Colette Descombes   … Carole
José Quaglio … Mario
Daniël Sola
Pier Paola Bucchi … Clara – the maid
Elena Cotta
Irene Aloisi
Anne Marie Braafheid   … Nivel
Paolo Rosani
Gianni Pulone … Barman

Plot / Synopsis
A young neurotic dedicates his life to harass others, especially his father and stepmother. Not even an encounter with a girl manages to keep it away from his world of macabre fantasies

Calling All Police Cars (1975) – Italy

AKA: The Maniac Responsible |  Without Trace
Year: 1975
Original title: …a tutte le auto della polizia
Runtime: 1 hour 39 minutes
Country: Italy
Language: Italian
Subtitles: English (.srt)
Genre: Crime | Horror | Thriller | Giallo
Director: Mario Caiano
Cast:
Antonio Sabato … Commissario Fernando Solmi
Luciana Paluzzi … Ispettrice Giovanna Nunziante
Enrico Maria Salerno … Police Chief Carraro
Gabriele Ferzetti … Professore Andrea Icardi
Elio Zamuto … Professore Giacometti
Ettore Manni … Enrico Tummoli
Marino Masé … Franz Hekker – ‘Francesco Pagano’
Bedy Moratti … Emilia Icardi
Adriana Fiore … Stripper
Franco Ressel   … Gynaecologist
Margherita Horowitz  … Antonietta – Icardi’s maid
Tino Bianchi … Police Commissioner
Valentino Macchi … Petrol Station Attendant
Andrea Lala   … Marshall Attardi
Benedetto Benedetti

Plot / Synopsis:
At the core of Without Trace is a story about a young girl who is the daughter a prominent doctor. When the girl goes missing her father gets the police to jump into action because of his class status / wealth. Early on this provides one in the story this provides one of the many intricate back stories. There is a loose cannon detective who takes offense to the fact that the police bend over backwards when someone of wealth is involved and drag their feet when it is someone from a poverty background. Things quickly change when the young girls body is discovered and this detective become more sympathetic towards her.
10,000 Bullets review
A teenage girl from a wealthy family mysteriously disappears. After her body is found at the bottom of a lake the police begin an intense investigation that leads to a teenage prostitution ring and several more bloody murders, but the actual killer may be someone much closer to the home.

 

The Devil in the Brain (1972) – Italy

AKA: -
Year: 1972
Original title: Il diavolo nel cervello
Runtime: 1 hour 39 minutes
Country: Italy | France
Language: Italian
Subtitles: English (.srt)
Genre: Thriller | Giallo
Director: Sergio Sollima
Cast:
Stefania Sandrelli … Sandra Garces
Keir Dullea … Oscar Minno
Micheline Presle … Countess Claudia Osio De Blanc
Tino Buazzelli … Doctor Emilio Bontempi
Renato Cestiè … Riccardo ‘Ricky’ Garces
Maurice Ronet … Fabrizio Garces
Orchidea de Santis … Caterina
Gaia Germani … Bianca Molteni
Gabriella Lepori … Sunbather on Terrace
Elsa Boni … Nurse
Giorgio Basso
Bruno Boschetti
Alberto Carrera
Giorgio Dolfin
Tina Maver

Plot / Synopsis:
The story revolves on a handsome man stumbling into the former love of his life, but she doesn’t seem to recognize him. The girl, Sandra, suffers from a bad case of amnesia and her overly vain mother protects her from the outside world. Oscar doesn’t give up and, with the help of a befriended doctor; he learns that Sandra’s condition got caused by the traumatic witnessing of her young son standing next to his father’s dead body with a pistol in his hands. Ever since then little Ricky is considered to be an emotionless youthful killer, but the death of Fabrizio Garces is a lot more mysterious and complicated than it seems.

The Rage Within (1969) – Italian

AKA: -
Year: 1969
Original title: Delitto al circolo del tennis
Runtime: 1 hour 31 minutes
Country: Italy | Yugoslavia
Language: Italian
Subtitles: English (.srt)
Genre: Crime | Thriller | Giallo
Director: Franco Rossetti
Cast:
Anna Gaël … Benedetta Varzi
Roberto Bisacco… Sandro
Angela McDonald  … Lilla Dossi
Chris Avram … Riccardo Dossi
Mario Guizzardi … Richter
Claudio Trionfi
Adalberto Rossetti
Mato Grkovic
Branko Spoljar
Gregorin Yoza

Plot / Synopsis:
Very rare stylish and cool giallo – thriller hybrid, apparently linked to the sociopolitical background of ’68 student protest, superbly lensed by Vittorio Storaro’s magnificent visuals

Love and death in the garden of Gods (1972) – Italy

AKA: -
Year: 1972
Original title: Amore e morte nel giardino degli dei
Runtime: 1 hour 25 minutes
Country: Italy
Language: Italian
Subtitles: English (.srt)
Genre: Drama | Fanthasy | Mystery | Giallo
Director: Sauro Scavolini
Cast:
Peter Lee Lawrence … Manfredi
Erika Blanc … Azzurra
Ezio Marano
Orchidea de Santis … Viola
Rosario Borelli            … Timothy
Franz von Treuberg
Vittorio Duse
Bruno Boschetti
Carla Mancini

Plot / Synopsis:
Taken possession of an old “villa”, a German ornithologist casually discovers some old tapes on which a psychologist has recorded the mysterious doings happened into those isolated walls. So he learns about a gloomy story of incestuous loves and trivial betrayals that will lead to a bloodbath orchestrated by an unexpected crazy character. A love drama disguised in a “giallo” movie that moves too much slowly; but has the regard to show a beautiful and skilled Erica Blank and an intense Peter Lee Lawrence. Romano Scavolini pays much attention in directing the cast and orchestrating the shot, but seems to forget completely the pacing, transforming an otherwise interesting story in a soporific black fable, which hardly someone can go thoroughly.