Review: Spasmo (1974)

There is so many weird reactions and interactions between characters in the Giallo genre. It must be all of the product placed whiskey they’re drinking.

blu“SPASMO”
1974
Giallo
Italy

Director: Umberto Lenzi
Stars: Robert Hoffmann, Suzy Kendall, Ivan Rassimov
Distributor: 88 Films
Runtime: 94 mins
BLU-RAY REGION B

“I just killed a man I’ve never seen before.”

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Christian (Hoffmann) hooks up with a girl (Kendall), after she first played dead and in front of his persumably current girlfriend. They heads of to her motel-room for some hanky-panky, and with lines like (him): “You’re a sweet, sweet whore!” and (her): “I’ll do it if you shave your beard”, this date really sets the romantic mood… But, while shaving, Christian gets attacked by a hitman and kills him. They flee the scene together and gets installed in her friends appartment, where a young girl and an older man suddenly lives. And the corpse of the hitman starts wandering around, and there’s some murdered mannequin-dolls and a mysterious guy on a yacht, an evil brother and some genetic lunacy, and…well, let’s just say it’s a complicated plot.

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Even though the plot is chaotic, and the interactions is plain weird, it delivers. The round-up twist and the good direction overshadows the movie’s weaker parts. It’s surreal, and the weirdness suited the film. I was entertained and had a really good time, but I needed to see it all the way through to understand and appreciate it. Go go, Umberto Lenzi!

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bpoint-4-5