staggeringly incompetent train-wreck-of-a-film that
gives a whole new meaning to the term bad cinema."
critic Johan Melia
German Title: DELITTI
Giovanna Lenzi (with supervision by husband Sergio P Astore)
starring: Salverio Valione · Gianna Lenzi (as Jeaneete Len) ·
Gianni Dei · Michela Miti · Giorgio Ardisson
Sergio P Astore was an Italian filmmaker who ventured into numerous cult
genres but is especially known for his giallo CRIMES
OF THE BLACK CAT. He supervised this production helmed
by his wife Giovanni Lenzi in 1986, making it not only the lone Giallo
directed by a woman but -unfortunately - generally considered one of the
top five gleefully bad motion pictures of all time.
plot finds Inspector Sanders investigating the murder of transsexual Harry
Francis, killed during a private sex party. A weird toxin (concocted from
a combination of uric acid, coffee and sugar) has grossly disfigured Harry's
face. Soon other orgy attendees start dying, also victims of the 'mummifying'
poison [now, oddly, administered via a deadly Taipan snake which the killer
keeps in a bag (or sometimes his pocket)]. Julie Garrett, the girlfriend
of deadman Harry, begins to investigate on her own, aided by private detective
(news commentator, journalist, photographer, best selling mystery novelist)
Bob Rawling. He discovers that Jimmy the Midget had also been at the party
and was shooting a film which may (or may not) have captured the murderer.
But Jimmy the Midget is also a drug dealer who had been distributing party
favors at the orgy. Meanwhile, an ex-con blackmailer named 'Chewing
Gum', had overheard some incriminating conversations and points Inspector
Sanders to a drug manufacturing gang operating out of an old sawmill.
It all gets tied to the murder plot - sorta - and after most every party
attendee is murdered, the killer is revealed.
THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT THIS FILM BEFORE COMMITTING TO A PURCHASE:
(Read at your own risk, may contain a spoiler or two)
has such an inept film been unleashed on the public. Besides sporting
an embarrassing Swiss-cheese plot, a distinctly ugly looking use of film-stock
with blurring colors accompanied by shoddy camerawork, and [in addition]
erratic mindnumbing hatchet edits, nearly everything in the film is a
vastly below-par utter failure. However - having said that - seldom has
a movie existed which would qualify as such a guilty pleasure. The cult
fan could gleefully make a list of 20+ unforgettable WTF moments.
Here ere are three such examples:
special effects are laughable. When the killer injects toxin into the
body of his victim (whether derived from a weird coffee compound or from
the poison of a Taipan snake), the face becomes horribly distorted (bottom
left pic) into something that lacks any kind of facial qualities. The
mutation is achieved from a few quick edits and the use of a fisheyed
lens and a piecing soundtrack [which, incidentally was stolen from Lamberto
Bava's Blade in the Dark].
In a sex scene between characters Bob Rawling and Betty, the unthinkable
happens! The audience notices a string from actress Michela Miti's tampon!
(See center pic below)This is the kind of inexcusable disregard for details
that runs rampant in director Giovanna Lenzi's film.
the film opens, the police are investigating the crime scene where clearly
two bodies are covered by sheets on the floor (pic below right) yet throughout
the film - including this scene - there is only mention of ONE
murder and ONE death. This flabbergasting plot mistake is, unfortunately,
typical in a narrative riddled with similar inexplicable errors.
Italian film with English subtitles; widescreen format (16:9), uncut version
(100 min.), DVD encoded for ALL REGION NTSC WORLD FORMAT, playable on
any American machine. Extras include theatrical trailers.
Violence/Strong Sexual Themes/Drugs/Sexual Brutality/Homosexuality:
Intended for Mature Audiences