Written by: Giuseppe Rijitano on July 20th, 2010
Theatrical Release Date: Italy, 1982
Director: Mario Bianchi
Writers: Gabriele Crisanti, Piero Regnoli
Cast: Jacqueline Dupré, Mariangela Giordano, Aldo Sambrell, Joe Davers, Giancarlo Del Duca, Alfonso Gaita, Marina Hedman
DVD released: May 31st, 2010
Approximate running time: 74 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Rating: 18 (UK)
Sound: Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono Italian
DVD Release: Shameless Films
Region Coding: Region 2 PAL (UK)
Retail Price: £15.99
In a remote castle out in the Italian countryside a family mourns. Maria (Marina Hedman) is dead and laid out on a slab in the family crypt as her husband Antonio (Aldo Sambrell) and her daughter Miria (Jacqueline Dupre) pay their last respects. Also in attendance at this awkward twitchy-eyed wake is family servant (and Marty Feldman impersonator) Isidro, wheelchair-bound uncle Ignazio, resident nun Sol (Mariangela Giordano) and the family doctor; a quack so deeply in Antonio’s pocket that he quickly rules Maria’s obviously suspicious death a ‘heart-attack’ and then supplies some cocaine to the grieving widower. The Partridge Family this ain’t – while daddy’s shooting up, uncle Ignazio’s wheeling his way to Sol’s door for a paraplegic peek at what the naughty nun gets up to in her ‘private time’ and Isidro’s having a shit-fit and biting the heads off chickens down in the crypt – it’s no wonder poor Miria keeps having nightmares! It comes as something of a relief really when they all start getting mysteriously bumped off one by one, but who is the killer? Could Maria have really returned from the grave to exact vengeance? And more importantly is Sol a lesbo?
Short on plot but very atmospheric and stylishly shot. It’s a somewhat loose remake of Andrea Bianchi’s Malabimba: The Malicious Whore released a few years earlier. Released in both softcore and hardcore variations this version sheds the hard scenes and comes across as horror tinged euro-sleaze akin to something Jess Franco might have churned out. It’s relatively short runtime actually helps the film’s pace considerably; given that very little actually happens it doesn’t get a chance to outstay it’s welcome. The score by Nico Catanese is probably the best thing about the film with moments of pounding Euro-rock that make you think Pink Floyd or some 80’s supergroup are about to make an appearance at any moment. The acting is as hammy as you’d expect with poor uncle Ignazio coming off the worst; unable to move except for his eyes, it doesn’t help that he looks exactly like a young Aidan Quinn making a bad career move. And Mariangela Giordano surely earns a place in any nunsploitation fan’s top five horny holy sisters for her, ahem, rather moving portrayal of ‘confused’ sister Sol. Kudos also to Marina Hedman as the dead matriarch of the family, the fact that she’s deceased doing nothing to stop her from being the most shagged female in the flick!
“Shameless Films are proud to present this unique extended version which includes scenes only previously available in a very rare German language XXX edition. Some of these newly inserted scenes are however rather scratched and worn but due to their rarity we have decided to include them here for your viewing delectation”. The 1.78.1 anamorphic widescreen picture looks very good indeed; excellent detail, colors are strong and vivid, excellent contrast levels and solid blacks. The aforementioned re-inserted snippets are easily spotted due to their scratchiness and general poor quality – they constitute extensions of a couple of short lesbian scenes and a brief bit of extended solo ‘nunsturbation’. Mono Italian audio track is clean and clear, with optional English subtitles.
An original theatrical trailer; anamorphic with Italian audio and English subs.
Aldo’s Alternate Gown Scene – Running at just under a minute this a brief look at a slightly different edit of a scene from the movie. Nice split screen comparison provided as well.
Alternate Opening – An additional 3 minutes of poor quality, pre-credits, lesbionic action leading into a slightly different opening; retitling the film ‘Orgasmo Di Satana’.
Mariangela Giordano Bio – A nice multi-page bio here featuring a few images and more info than you probably wanted to know about this sleaze queen adapted from an article by Alan Jones and Mark Ashworth that originally appeared in Shock Express 2.
Shameless Trailer Park – Over 30 minutes of trailers for Shameless Films’ 20+ other titles.
Oh and special mention once again for the excellent Shameless reversible cover art and even a bonus groovy double-sided poster featuring the cover art on one side and a catalog of Shameless’ titles on the other – very nice.
Another definitive release from euro-sleaze friendly Shameless Films then!