Written by: Michael Den Boer on October 9th, 2008
Theatrical Release Date: Italy, 1969
Director: Piero Schivazappa
Writers: Paolo Levi, Piero Schivazappa, Giuseppe Zaccariello
Cast: Philippe Leroy, Dagmar Lassander, Lorenza Guerrieri, Varo Soleri, Maria Cumani Quasimodo, Mirella Pamphili
DVD released: April 14th, 2008
Approximate running time: 86 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital Mono English
DVD Release: Shameless Films
Region Coding: Region 0 PAL (UK)
Retail Price: £12.99
Synopsis: A young woman is abducted by a wealthy sadist who slowly tortures his victims before he kills them.
The Frightened Woman was co-written and directed by Piero Schivazappa (Angelina: Lady of the Night). It is shame that outside of some extensive work for television that he would only direct a handful of mostly forgettable feature films. The Frightened Woman is Piero Schivazappa one shining moment as a filmmaker. The screenplay was co-written by Paolo Levi (The Killer Reserved Nine Seats) and Giuseppe Zaccariello (Twitch of the Death Nerve). The films infectious score was composed by Stelvio Cipriani whose more notable scores include Death Walks on High Heels, Rabid Dogs and What Have They Done to Your Daughters?
The plot for The Frightened Woman revolves around Dr. Sayer and his sadistic extra circular activities with unsuspecting women. Maria is a new employee who needs some documents that Dr. Sayer conveniently has at his home. Insisting that she need’s these papers before Monday. Dr. Sayer needing a new victim since the one he had lined up canceled their Rendezvous. So he invites Maria to his home to pick up the papers. What follows is a systematic breakdown of Maria by Dr. Sayer who puts her through a series of degrading events. The film’s turning point occurs when Dr Sayor tries to make up for the hell he put Maria through after her attempted suicide. The film is filled with many twists and turns, all leading up to one hell of a surprise ending. The story while delving into sexual themes is much more than a sexploitation film.
The film’s two leads Philippe Leroy as Dr. Sayer and Dagmar Lassander as Maria are spectacular in their respective roles. Philippe Leroy effortlessly plays the cold detached Dr. Sayer. Dagmar Lassander brings many things to her performances as Maria, Sexuality, Nativity and Empowerment. Without a doubt the most stunning moment in the film is the scene where Maria wearing nothing more than some almost see-through martial over her bears and a mini skirt, dances for Dr. Sayer. Ultimately The Frightened Woman is an erotic charged thriller that features an alluring performance from Dagmar Lassander.
Shameless Films presents The Frightened Woman in an anamorphic widescreen that preserves the film’s original aspect ratio. Outside of a few newly inserted shots that don’t look nearly as good as the rest of the transfer. This transfer as a whole looks stunning especially when compared to the region 1 abomination from First Run Features. Colors are lively and details are sharp throughout. Print damage is minimal and black levels remain strong throughout.
This release comes with one audio option a Dolby Digital mono mix in English. Outside of some minor instances of background noise the audio sound clear and evenly balanced. This is the best I have heard this film sound.
Extras for this release include The Frightened Woman, My Dear Killer, Baba Yaga, Venus in Furs, Ratman, The Black Cat and What Have They Done to Your Daughters? A reversible covert art has been included with this release of the film’s original poster art. Overall The Frightened Woman gets its best DVD release to date.