“Like his previous films with Carroll Baker, this Lenzi thriller is a love triangle, or more accurately, a hate triangle in which sex, lust and jealousy are weaponized and used for personal gain and manipulation. Good old fashioned misanthropic fun.” -- Laird Jimenez, Letterboxd
Writer/director Umberto Lenzi helmed popular peplums, created extreme poliziotteschi, and invented the Italian cannibal phenomenon. Hollywood actress Carroll Baker was the Oscar-nominated star of BABY DOLL, GIANT and THE CARPETBAGGERS. Together, at the dawn of the giallo, they made four landmark films that would forever alter the Italian genre landscape.
In her third Lenzi collaboration, Baker is a glamorous racecar driver entangled in a lurid affair with her ex-husband (Jean Sorel of BELLE DU JOUR, A LIZARD IN A WOMAN’S SKIN), his wealthy new wife, and a twisted web of lust, murder and deception. This one was released in Italy as PARANOIA, though should not be confused with the 1969 U.S. re-title of ORGASMO.