“It is rather eye-opening just how different giallos were before Dario Argento codified the subgenre in 1970 with his debut THE BIRD WITH THE CRYSTAL PLUMAGE.” -- David Grant, You Have Died Of Dysentery
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.
Following ORGASMO’s international success, the second Lenzi/Baker collaboration is one of Lenzi’s best. It’s a kinky retelling of DIABOLIQUE featuring lush Paris locations, trippy flashbacks, a swinging score by Riz Ortolani (MONDO CANE, CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST) and an all-star EuroCult cast of Jean-Louis Trintignant (THE GREAT SILENCE, THE CONFORMIST), Erika Blanc (KILL, BABY…KILL!), Horst Frank (THE CAT O’ NINE TAILS) and Helga Liné (NIGHTMARE CASTLE).