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Murder Obsession
L'Ossessione Che Uccide / Murder Syndrome / Paura / Fear / Delirium / Satan's Altar / The Wailing / Unconscious

Italy/France 1981
produced by
Enzo Boetani, Giuseppe Collura, Simon Mizrahi for Dionysio Cinematografica, Société Nouvelle Cinévog
directed by Riccardo Freda
starring Stefano Patrizi, Martine Brochard, Henri Garcin, Laura Gemser, John Richardson, Anita Strindberg, Silvia Dionisio, Fabrizio Moroni
story by Antonio Cesare Corti, Fario Piccioni, screenplay by Antonio Cesare Corti, Fario Piccioni, Riccardo Freda, music by Francesco Mannino

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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On set, actor Michael (Stefano Patrizi) almost murders his co-star Beryl (Laura Gemser). This makes him decide to get away from it all and pay a long-overdue visit to his mother (Anita Strindberg) in her remote mansion together with his girlfriend Deborah (Silvia Dionisio). Thing is, the relationship between michael and his mum is somehow strained since he has murdered his dad as a kid - which might also account for his erratic behavious on set.

Michael's mother is overly pleased to see him again, but for him it's hardly a holiday to get away from it all because his director Hans (Henri Garcin), Hans's assistant Shirley (Martine Brochard) and of all people Beryl also come for a visit. Soon, attempts on pretty much everyone's life are made, and Deborah is dragged off to participate in a black mass (though she's later released and doesn't know if she didn't just dream everything). Everybody's a suspect of course, but then Michael has sex with Beryl and whenhe wakes up next to her after a short nap, he finds her slaughtered - and thus he figures he's the killer and hides the body. Hans has taken photographs of the incident, so he is killed to, as is Shirley, who has developed the photographs. Deborah gets away though ...

Michael decides it's time to have a talk with his mother, who tells him now that he isn't the killer but her servant and lover Oliver (John Richardson), who has everybody under some black magic spell, and who has also actually killed Michael's father after he caught Oliver making love to mum. Now Michael wants to fight it out with Oliver, who has ruined his life and killed his friends, but Oliver has since taken his own life but left a tape behind that tells a different story: It was actually Michael's mum who killed his dad, and she's the one with the black magic powers. Michael only believes it when his mum wants to use him to reincarnate his father again. In the ensuing struggle, Michael is killed, but then Deborah, who was stupid enough to return to the mansion, enters the scene again ...


The last film of Italian horror maestro Riccardo Freda - and not one of his better ones. Sure, the film is well-crafted, atmospheric, and features some ok suspence sequences .. but boy, does the script suck! Everything starts out well enough as a murder mystery of the old dark house variety, but eventually all narrative build-up is thrown out of the window for a black magic plot, and even that is not seriously hampered by quite a few unnecessary and ridiculous plottwists. On top of that, lead actor Stefano Patrizi lacks any and all screen presence his character would have badly needed.

In all, not a total fiasco maybe, but not a film Riccardo Freda deserves to be remembered by.


review © by Mike Haberfelner


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