01 September 2014

Giallo a Venezia (1979)
93 min.
Directed by Mario Landi.
With Gianni Dei, Leonora Fani, Jeff Blynn, Mariangela Giordano, Giancarlo Del Duca, Vassili Karamesinis, Eolo Capritti, Maria Mancini.
A smorgasbord of cheap sleaze & deep gore.

Fabio (Dei) and his wife Flavia are found near the canal bank in Venice, both murdered by an anonymous killer.

Detective Blynn opens an investigation and uncovers a dark bag of heinous truths. Turns out Fabio was a depraved sex fanatic who subjected his unwilling wife to every conceivable 'experiment' of the flesh.

Could one of the couple's lurid past liaisons have turned deadly?

This sex-horror trash from director Landi (1980's Patrick Still Lives), has nary a moral in sight and is highlighted by some uncompromising terror including a prostitute viciously stabbed in her groin, a man doused in gas and set aflame, etc, etc, etc. Wow...

The fact that the blatant litany of unspeakables is so obviously intended to gross you out - and the fact that it's all unreal, all in the name of cinematic shocks - makes Venezia basically watchable. Basically.

Best scene? Bound and gagged, Giordano watches her leg brutally sawed off by the unflinching killer...a wincing, bonegrinding sequence.

Also known as Thrilling in Venice.

Worth a look. Then go take a shower.

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