21 June 2024
A Quiet Place to Kill (1970)
92 min.
Directed by Umberto Lenzi.
With Carroll Baker, Jean Sorel, Luis Dávila, Alberto Dalbés, Marina Coffa, Anna Proclemer, Hugo Blanco, Liz Halvorsen.
This acceptable thriller isn't as strong as Umberto Lenzi's other Carroll Baker giallo Knife of Ice (1972), but it's an entertaining mystery nonetheless.

After race car driver Helen (Baker) suffers a terrible auto accident, she receives an invitation from ex-hubby Maurice (Sorel) to spend some time at his secluded villa.

Once there, Maurice's current wife Constance (Proclemer) offers Helen $100G to murder the philandering Sorel; will Helen accept the money and get rid of Maurice...or will she be drawn into an entirely different web of deadly deceit?

Standard stuff, but Lenzi's creations are always fun to watch and he consistently coats his work with a dash of stylin' flavor (check out that mod, reverse-negative opener).

Leads Baker and Sorel are mucho easy on the eyes; and the grand guignol type climax is a cool touch.

Also known as Paranoia (but shouldn't be confused with Lenzi's 1969 thriller Orgasmo which was also retitled Paranoia).

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