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Murder Obsession (Follia Omicida) [Blu-ray] (1981)

John Richardson , Stefano Patrizi , Riccardo Freda  |  Unrated |  Blu-ray
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: John Richardson, Stefano Patrizi, Anita Strindberg, Silvia Dionisio
  • Directors: Riccardo Freda
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Dubbed, NTSC, Original recording remastered, Restored, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Italian (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Raro Video
  • DVD Release Date: May 8, 2012
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007C1S7DM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #74,048 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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With enough aliases to fill a hotel ledger, this horror classic by Riccardo Freda focuses on the past and present of Michael Stanford (Stefano Patrizi), a successful actor. His father was knifed to death years ago and now Michael and his girlfriend Deborah (Silvia Dionisio) are going to spend a week-end with Michael's mother. Joining them are the director and crew of a motion picture in the works. Oliver the housekeeper (John Richardson) does not extend a warm welcome to the guests, but that might just be his personality. After everyone is settled in, a deranged killer begins a series of murders. Is the occult at the heart of these killings? Or are Michael's fears about the past starting to come true?

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Murder Obsession gets a strong release from Raro Video, who present the film for the first time ever in North America in its full uncut version. --10kbullets.com

Leave it to the Italian based Raro Video to find this little known gem and to clean it up so nicely. --Cinesploitation

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5.0 out of 5 stars Murder Obsession June 4, 2012
Format:Blu-ray
"For centuries, theologians, philosophers, and poets have delved into the universe in search of proof of the existence of the devil. It would have sufficed to look into the depths of their own souls." This is some fascinating statement, don't you think? But, I suspect it is not taken from the classic "Dr Jekyll and Mr. Hyde." Rather, these are the words of Hieronimus A. Steinback, during the XVII Century, and they are precisely the ones used to open the enormously engrossing "Murder Obsession," an erotic, murder thriller that will keep you glued to your seat until the final credits.

Once we read the aforementioned quote, the film goes to a dramatic scene, in which a killer proceeds to strangle his lady victim. The scene is intense, as the assassin tries really hard to kill the woman. For our surprise, we suddenly hear, "Cut!", and realize that is was only a movie. However, Michael's (the actor, played by Stefano Patrizi) behavior worries his coworkers. Michael then decides to take a break from filming, and plans a trip to visit Glenda, his mother (Anita Strindberg), who lives at the countryside. He takes Deborah, his girlfriend (Silvia Dionisio); Hans Schwartz (Henri Garcin), the director; Shirley (Martine Brochard), the director's assistant; and Beryl (Laura Gemser - yes, "Black Emmanuelle's" Laura Gemser). Once there, they not only meet Michael's mother, but also Oliver (John Richardson), the scary butler. Right from the start, too, we discover that Michael's relationship with his mother is quite strange, yet strong - with an incestuous feel to it --, and that Michael killed his father when he was a child. And, you guessed right, the killings begin again, and it is your job to figure out who is doing it.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars witchcraft tinged giallo mixture November 27, 2008
Format:DVD
Rarovideo always does a excellent job of remastering their movies and they do that here on this one too. THis flick is a interesting giallo mixed with
witchcraft. It features the standard black gloved killer who takes out his victims. The killer is revealed at the end of the movie; just like any other giallo but the ending is even more shocking than usual. The special effects are from the early 80's and they still are effective. And the movie features a great black mass scene that is very eerie. The story is similiar to many other giallo thrillers with people stuck in a evil mansion as they are picked off, but there are straight horror elements here that make the flick stand out from many other giallo/mystery movies.
The performance of Anita strinberg in this movie is standout here and proves that she was a underrated actress. If you like giallos (Italian mystery slasher horror flicks) and low budget horror films with a interesting twist then you will enjoy this movie. It's on blu ray now too and that is a step up from the dvd I have.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Murder Obsession January 20, 2012
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This is not one of the best Giallos of the period. The production is low budget and the effects are crude, but if you are an Italian completest like I am, it is a must for your collection.
it is beautifully shot and the transfer is crisp and clean. The lead actor is also a hottie for the 70s-80s So thats a plus.... Its a good movie for a rainy dark night.
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5.0 out of 5 stars For Whatever Reason, I Loved It January 1, 2014
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"Murder Obsession" (AKA: "Follia Omicida," "Murder Syndrone", etc.) was directed by Riccardo Freda and is attributed as his last directorial effort, although he lived nearly another twenty years and gave his ideas to further films (He died in 1999). He was born in 1909 making him about seventy when he directed "Murder Obsession" (1980) and previously he directed some well known horror films in the sixties starring Barbara Steele like "The Terrible Dr. Hitchcock" and "The Spectre" (AKA: "The Ghost") and numerous sword and sandal epics, etc. and in 1957 is credited with directing Italy's first horror film, "I Vampiri." "Murder Obsession" (especially the Blu-ray edition) is very beautiful at times with exquisite cinematography by Cristiano Pogany and equally extraordinary music by Franco Mannino which beautifully complements the images Freda envisions with the help of screenwriter Antonio Cesare Corti. There are times when one wonders if Freda really is the maestro who can pull off making a success of the picture as elements of the picture like dream sequences feature many props, set pieces and familiar but off-putting gothic touches like the devoted but suspicious and eerie butler (played by John Richardson, who not even twenty years before had the leading roles in such pictures like Hammer's "She" opposite Ursula Andress (1965), or the setting of an eerie mansion and the giant rubber spiders and fake webs just out of a Roger Corman Poe quickie from the early sixties. Also in the very able cast are Anita Strindberg (so good in Sergio Martino's giallo "Your Vice is a Locked Room and Only I Have the Key"), Stefano Patrizi, Silvia Dionisio and Laura Gemser among others. Read more ›
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